EK Water Blocks, released a monoblock for three ASUS threadripper boards.
It is built on EKWB’s Supremacy EVO CPU waterblock and it is using a nickel plated copper base, with a stainless steel plate and plexiglass/acrylic on top.
Using this monoblock will enable you to get rid of the small fan on the motherboard’s IO section that is needed to keep the VRM temperatures in check for the power hungry beast that is threadripper. Watercooling of course will do an even better job of cooling the VRM section of the board.
This monoblock is compatible with the following boards:
- ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme
- ASUS PRIME X399-A
- ASUS ROG Strix X399-E Gaming
It features integrated RGB lighting and it is compatible with ASUS Aura RGB Lighting software.
Unlike the last time with the X299 monoblock, EK haven’t provided us with thermal test comparing Supremacy EVO (EVO ThreadRipper edition in this case) and this monoblock. But they claim a redesigned cold plate – exactly what this means we can’t be sure as there are no technical diagrams to show but we think we can see that IHS coverage is improved, the real question is whether the cooling engine has increase. HardOCP took some thermal measurements on EK’s block and found such a sizable performance difference that even poor testing methodology can’t explain away. So potentially this is a step in the right direction. Most likely because EK are still using the same piece of plastic that holds the jetplate that there is a limit to what EK can change on the cooling engine without changing that critical piece. Therefore we do think that EK might be able to eek out a little more performance although that would also increase cost. We do think though that extra cost would be worthwhile given that threadripper CPU’s are not cheap and can thermally throttle when there is inadequate cooling.
If we were to do a threadripper build we would very much choose a motherboard with monoblock availability in mind. It’s great that EK continue to support the community with these options, and we hope that there is more competition for monoblocks soon! Typically only Bitspower have offerings but their designs typically perform worse than EK’s and are sometimes more clunky. The asrock X299 itx board with a monoblock though is a sexy beast.
Availability and Pricing
This monoblock is available for pre-order on EKs website and will be shipping on 2nd November of 2017.
Here is the official table of pricing provided by EK:
|Name||MSRP (incl. VAT)|
|EK-FB ASUS ROG ZE RGB Monoblock – Nickel||119.95€|
They also released two reservoirs and one Pump-Res combo unit equipped with RGB lighting.
They are called EK-RES X3 150 RGB, EK-RES X3 250 RGB and EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 RGB PWM and are the same version as existing reservoir and Pump-Res combo units but simply add the LEDs.
Availability and pricing
Both the reservoirs and the pump-res combo are available now.
Here we have an official table of pricing provided by EK:
|Name||MSRP (incl. VAT)|
|EK-RES X3 150 RGB||58.95€|
|EK-RES X3 250 RGB||65.95€|
|EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 RGB PWM||155. 95€|
Another product released by EK is the new multi fitting pack. The packs consist of fittings with the most popular color choices.
Availability and pricing:
The fitting packs are available and have an official MSRP, provided by EK, of: