EK WB Releases Monoblock for the Compact ASUS MAXIMUS VIII Impact

Liquid cooling seems to be on the up and coming again and we have seen quite a few new products released in the category lately. One type of product that we see a lot are monoblocks that cool both the CPU itself like a normal heatsink, but also the MOSFET power regulation which is a crucial factor when overclocking but also something that could increase the overall lifetime of your hardware.

The new monoblock from EK WB that we see released this time is specifically designed with ASUS to fit the compact and unique ASUS MAXIMUS VIII Impact motherboard that comes with several daughter boards due to the mITX size and the amount of features and functions ASUS loaded it with.

The new monoblock is called the EK-FB ASUS M8I and with its unique design, it attaches itself to both the motherboard and the MOSFET daughterboard for optimal cooling of both. It is designed out of the EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure the best possible CPU cooling as the liquid flows past all the critical components.

The base of the monoblock is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality POM Acetal or acrylic glass material, depending on the variant.

The new EK-FB ASUS M8I should be available at official EK WB resellers now for a suggested retail price of €112.95. Both the Nickel and the Acetal and Nickel versions cost the same, so which you pick is down to your personal choice.

EK WB Releases Monoblock for ASUS X99 Motherboards

It can be of great benefit to cool your CPU with liquid rather than air, but when you do that, you leave one area exposed. The VRM around the CPU area doesn’t get the same airflow as it would with a fan based cooler and as such you need to pay extra attention to the cooling here.

One way to resolve this issue is with a monoblock and EK Water Blocks just released one of these that will fit ASUS’ X99 motherboard models: X99-A, X-99-DELUXE, X99-PRO, and X99-S.

The EK-FB ASUS X99 Monoblock as it is called is a complete all-in-one CPU and MOSFETs liquid cooling solution for these ASUS motherboards. It is designed in cooperation with ASUS and uses the award-winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine. All critical areas are covered with a liquid flow that should ensure a stable and effective cooling.

The base of the monoblock is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality POM Acetal or acrylic glass material, depending on the variant. Both models cost the same, €119.95, and are available directly from EK WB as well as partner resellers.

Which is your preferred cooling method? Traditional air, all-in-one liquid coolers, or maybe even a complete custom liquid cooling setup? Let us know in the comments.

EK WB Releases DBAY D5 MX Reservoirs and Pump Combos

EK Water Blocks released a new drive bay liquid cooling reservoir that comes in four different versions. The new DBAY D5 MX comes as PWM version with included water pump or without and it is available as both Acetal and Plexi versions.

Space restraints can be an issue when building a liquid cooled setup and the use of the available and mostly otherwise obsolete 5.25-inch drive bays, one can make up for that. The new EK DBAY MX fits conveniently over two of these drive bay slots to cover both the function of a reservoir and a pump. It also makes the entire planning a lot easier, especially for beginners. The two reservoirs are identical besides the point that the EK-DBAY D5 PWM MX comes with a D5 PWM pump included and mounted and the EK-DBAY D5 MX doesn’t.

It is made from injection molded black ABS polymer (Acetal version) or injection molded transparent MABS polymer (Plexi version) and in a sturdy monoblock design that guarantees maximum reliability and rigidity. The reservoir features a G3/8″ threaded port on the top that acts as a fill port and a G1//4″ threaded on the bottom when the unit needs to be drained. Besides that it features two normal G1/4″ threaded ports for normal in and outbound flows.

Integrated anti-cyclone is pre-installed and made from acrylic glass effectively prevents excessive vortex formation of the liquid. EK-DBAY D5 MX series is designed with anti-vibration rubber mounting system. This floating design effectively silences this pump and reservoir setup by de-coupling it from the rest of the computer chassis.

The new EK-DBAY D5 is available now and it can be yours for €64.95 without the pump or €129.95 for the combo package.

Batman Arkham Knight Will Never Have Multi-GPU Support

It looks like fans and owners of Warner Bros Batman Arkham Knight will be dealing with more unwelcome news. According to a statement given out via Steam, the developers have given up on ever implementing multi-GPU support like Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire. This means for PC gamers with the highest end rigs, they will never be able to fully enjoy the game. This is especially true of those with multiple displays or 4K  which require multiple GPUs to run games at high fps.

According to the developer, even if there were gains from implementing SLI or Crossfire support, there would be a high chance that adding such support would cause more bugs. This really speaks to the buggy nature of the game that launched buggy, stayed buggy, and finally became decent. With WB offering full refunds to customers, it looks like the developers have given up on implementing new features and are just focusing on bugs. The biggest hope is that the gaming industry as a whole will have learned a lesson when not to ship games.

You can read the full statement below:

We’ve been working with our development and graphics driver partners over the last few months to investigate utilizing multi-GPU support within Batman: Arkham Knight. The result was that even the best case estimates for performance improvements turned out to be relatively small given the high risk of creating new issues for all players. As a result we’ve had to make the difficult decision to stop work on further multi-GPU support. We are disappointed that this was not practical and apologize to those who have been waiting for this feature.

EK Releases Full-Cover Water Blocks for AMD Radeon R9 Fury X

It was only a matter of time before someone released a third-party and real water cooler for AMD’s newest flagship GPU, the R9 Fury X. EK have not only created another beautiful full-cover water block for this graphics cards, they also made it a true single-slot liquid cooling solution.

The R9 Fury X is already a very small card and with this liquid cooling block it can slim down to a single slot, impressive.

As always from EK WB, we get multiple versions of the cooler. The base is made of bare- or nickel-plated electrolytic copper depending on the variant and the top is made of either acrylic- or POM Acetal material. Plexi variants also feature two pre-drilled slots for 3mm LED diodes so you can light up that card to match the rest of the setup. Screw-in brass standoffs are pre-installed and allow for a safe and painless installation procedure.

The EK-FC R9 Fury X has been designed with FC Terminal connection ports for up to four FURY X on a single ATX form factor motherboard. The unique central inlet split-flow cooling engine design allows for best possible cooling performance. Reversed water flow doesn’t have any adverse effects on the cooling performance and it also works great with setups having somewhat weaker pumps.

The new EK WB full cover water blocks for AMD’s R9 Fury X graphics card (EK-FC R9 Fury X) are available now and come with an MSRP between €99.95 and €109.95 depending on the variant. An optional backplate will further set you back between €29.95 and €37.95.

EK Introduces Hybrid Water Cooling Kit for GIGABYTE X99 Series Motherboards

EK Water Blocks introduced a new universal hybrid water cooling kit for GIGABYTE X99 series motherboards consisting of an MOSFET water block and a passive PCH heatsink.

The EK-FB KIT GA X99 LE is a value-oriented hybrid water cooling solution that is compatible with virtually every GIGABYTE X99 series motherboard thanks to the universal PCH cooling solution. The water block directly cools power regulation (VRM / MOSFETs) module while the passive aluminum heat sink cools Intel X99 southbridge (PCH) chip.

The base of the water block is made from nickel plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of acrylic glass material. The screw-in standoffs are already pre-installed on both water block- as well as aluminum heatsink and allow for easy and trouble-free installation by utilizing original motherboard backplates.

The new hybrid liquid Gigabyte X99 cooling solution is available now at either the EK Webshop or partner resellers for an MSRP of €64.95.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of EKWB

EK Announces Vardar Series 120mm Fans Designed for Radiator Use

Not all fans are equal and there are many that aren’t really suited well use with radiators. So who better to create a fan for just this scenario than EK Water Blocks. And they have done just that with the new high-pressure 120mm EK-Varder fan that is the first in-house engineered fan from EK.

The simple design should allow for integration into almost any system that can handle a little black, though that isn’t the only colour available. It’s announced in single and two-tone colours with a monochrome fan sticker.

The task at hand was to create a fan with high static pressure  while keeping a low noise profile. EK used a 7-fin fan blade design and the motor windings are actively cooled, double ball bearing and rated for 50,000 hours. An important factor for radiator cooling is a sealed edge so the air doesn’t escape out the side instead of being forced through the fins. EK created just that with the old-school looking, but effective, black square shape.

The EK-Vardar 120mm cooling fan currently consists of five models, four regular and one Furious Vardar with the latter built-in distinctive all-black design. All fans come with four self-tapping screws and are pre-sleeved (F1-F4: black, FF5: red) for your convenience. The new fans will be available for purchase in the first half of January 2015, although a limited quantity will be available in mid-December 2014.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of EKWB

Warner Brothers Taken To Court Over Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat?!

The weekend is approaching and everyone is winding down for a long sunny week here in England, so what better way to start today than with a completely daft news story that Warner Brothers is facing a federal lawsuit because of internet cat memes!

The two (seperate) authors of “Charlie Schmidt’s Keyboard Cat” and “Christopher Torres Nyan Cat” have sued WB over their use of their memes in the game Scribblenauts, which was published by WB Games and developed by 5th Cell, who have also been named in the lawsuit. They claim this usage infringes on their copyrights and trademarks.

I shouldn’t need to remind you all who Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat are, but I absolutely must, because this is the internet and it was almost literally invented for cat videos… and that is a fact (probably).

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With over 30 million views just on the original YouTube submission alone, there is no doubt that this video went viral over the last few years.

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While Nyan Cat has racked up nearly 100 million views on this video and even more than that on copy… erm, cat videos. Although it is worth pointing out that Christopher Torres didn’t add that stupid music, he just created the cat and that is what is standing up in court, not the music.

Yet due to their success, it turns out both creators of the memes have registered the trademark for protection. While some time later 5th Cell then added the two characters to their game Scribblenauts, which was released on various gaming platforms such as the Nintendo DS.

To make matters worth for WB and 5th Cell, the two meme creators have joined forces against them and state that “Defendants have used ‘Nyan Cat’ and ‘Keyboard Cat,’ even identifying them by name, to promote and market their games, all without plaintiffs’ permission and without any compensation to plaintiffs,”.

WB is charged with both copyright and trademark infringement, the case will be litigated in the Central District of California, which includes Hollywood.

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