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.

ASUS X99-A (LGA 2011-3) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging

Intel’s current flagship consumer chipset, X99 has been around since August 2014. The X99 chipset was the first motherboard range to fully utilise DDR4 memory modules and put the much higher speeds to use. It’s starting to age slightly, being around 8 months old, so let’s see if this motherboard has any new tricks to bring to the game.

Today we have the ASUS X99-A ATX motherboard. In the X99 line-up, it’s the cheapest ASUS motherboard to date, with the next in line being the X99-S. ASUS has faltered lately, being knocked off the top motherboard manufacturer spot by Gigabyte (only by 300,000 units). Let’s see if this new budget X99 board has what it takes to bring ASUS back into the top spot.

Key Features

Manufacturers nowadays need to find innovative ways to stand out from the crowd, ASUS is no different and has brought a huge array of features to this motherboard.

  • 5 Way Optimisation by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
    • DIGI+ Power
    • TPU
    • EPU
    • ASUS
    • Turbo App
  • ASUS HomeCloud Server
  • Remote GO!
  • Media Streamer
  • NFC Express 2 Support
  • Turbo LAN
  • Crystal Sound 2
  • Steam Support
    • OC Tuner
    • CrashFree BIOS 3
    • EZ Flash 2
  • Q-Design
    • Q-Code
    • Q-Shield
    • Q-LED
    • Q-Slot
    • Q-DIMM
    • Q-Connector
  • USB 3.0 Boost
  • USB Charger+
  • Disk Unlocker
  • Ai Suite 3
  • MemOK!
  • EZ XMP

For more information on these functions, please visit the ASUS X99-A product page.

Packaging and Accessories

ASUS like to play it safe on their more wallet friendly motherboards. Keeping the box a simple black and white/ silver, which flows into the design of the motherboard itself. Extra’s are what you would expect, SATA cables, IO panel, manuals, driver CD, SLI bridge and a few stickers.