EKWB has released a new series of GPU terminals (aka bridges) under the “X” sub brand.
The X series are made out of acrylic. They are cast and then polished in order to have a high gloss finish.
Compared to legacy models, the new X series offer more connectivity. There are two inlet/outlet ports on both sides to better suit the user and their needs.
Additionally, every G1/4 inch port sits flush with the terminal and thus allows user to directly install the fittings without adapters which was unnecessarily annoying on some of the old models from EK. Terminals are great for multi GPU setups – not only do they make it easy and clean to connect the graphics cards but they also provide valuable support to the GPUs and prevent them from sagging as much. Of course we would generally recommend avoiding the hassle of multi GPU setups, particularly with more than 2 cards, but we have to admit most motherboards just look a bit empty with “only” one GPU.
We love the look of acrylic terminals along with colored coolant, however as always you have to be a bit more careful with acrylic not to over tighten screws as it can crack. In addition dye can stain the blocks and while it can be cleaned, it’s almost impossible to fully clean the threads of the block. We also love that EK have made the terminal compatible with their edge strips. Presumably the edge strips are optional:
Pricing and availability:
X series of terminals come in wide variety of shapes and sizes and are already available. Here is the official table of pricing for each model:
|EK-FC Terminal X2 – Plexi||Parallel||28.95€|
|EK-FC Terminal X2 – Acetal||Parallel||17.95€|
|EK-FC Terminal X2 S – Plexi||Serial||17.95€|
|EK-FC Terminal X2 S – Acetal||Serial||17.29€|
|EK-FC Terminal X2 1-slot – Plexi||Parallel||24.95€|
|EK-FC Terminal X2 1-slot – Acetal||Parallel||23.95€|
|EK-FC Terminal X2 3-slot – Plexi||Parallel||29.95€|
|EK-FC Terminal X2 3-slot – Acetal||Parallel||19.95€|
|EK-FC Terminal X3 – Plexi||Parallel||32.95€|
|EK-FC Terminal X3 – Acetal||Parallel||23.95€|
|EK-FC Terminal X3 S – Plexi||Serial||32.95€|
|EK-FC Terminal X3 S – Acetal||Serial||23.95€|
|EK-FC Terminal X3 (Type II) – Acetal||Parallel||27.95€|
|EK-FC Terminal X3 S (Type II) – Acetal||Parallel||27.95€|
|EK-FC Terminal X4 – Acetal||Parallel||36.95€|
|EK-FC Terminal X7 – Acetal||Parallel||49.95€|