Tuesday, March 11th 2014

EK Working On New Water Blocks for ASUS, MSI Cards

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is working on a plethora of new Full Cover water blocks, namely for the following graphics cards:
  • ASUS GTX780TI-DC2 DirectCU II (EK-FC780 GTX Ti DCII) - 104,95€
  • ASUS ROG Matrix GTX 780 Ti (EK-FC780 GTX Ti Matrix) - Price TBA
  • ASUS ROG Matrix R9 290X (EK-FC R9-290X Matrix) - Price TBA
  • MSI R9 290X Lightning (EK-FC R9-290X Lightning) - Price TBA

These upcoming Full Cover water blocks are engineered in cooperation with ASUS and MSI for the aforementioned flagship performance GeForce GTX 780 Ti and Radeon R9 290X based graphics cards. These water coolers will directly cool the GPU, RAM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module) as water will flow directly over these critical areas thus allowing the graphics card and it's VRM to remain stable under high overclocks.

All four water blocks will feature side-attached Terminal port system - up to four water blocks could be used on a single ATX form factor motherboard by using EK-FC Terminal (DUAL, TRIPLE or QUAD type) system or other means of interconnectivity.. Both water blocks will also feature a very high flow design allowing the products to be used in liquid cooling systems using weaker water pumps. Due to the non-standardized width of the circuit boards these water blocks will not line up with any other EK Full Cover water block.

In order to simplify the search for suitable and compatible water block EK is adding newly released graphics cards from various manufacturers to EK Cooling Configurator database and compatible graphics cards are being added to the list on daily basis:

EK-FC780 GTX Ti DCII is scheduled for release on March 17th 2014 through EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network, as well as the EK-FC R9-290X DCII announced earlier this year. This water block is designed for GeForce GTX 780 Ti version but is 100% backwards compatible with non-Ti version. This water block superseds the existing EK-FC780 GTX DCII which will be phased out of production. A new EK-FC780 GTX Ti DCII Backplate will also be released.

EK-FC R9-290X Lightning is scheduled for release in first half of April 2014, followed by both Matrix water blocks by early May.

EK Water Blocks is also working on a new value oriented water block for the NVIDIA Maxwell GM107 GPU based GeForce GTX 750- and GTX 750 Ti series graphics cards. EK-FC750 GTX will again feature single-slot design to free adjacent PCI(e) slot and allow stacking of these graphics cards. Due to variety of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 (Ti) circuit board designs and no prescribed standard this water block will directly cool GPU and RAM only in order to maximize hardware compatibility.
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9 Comments on EK Working On New Water Blocks for ASUS, MSI Cards

#1
mroofie
lol at > Ek
Afrikaans Lang has been detected :D
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urza26
by: mroofie
lol at > Ek
Afrikaans Lang has been detected :D
What are you trying to say, because I don't get it?

Really nice that EK is making a lot of blocks for custom cards lately. I hope that this is profitable enough for them so they can keep doing this. Because I somehow got the feeling that they won't be selling an awful lot of those blocks while they still got to spend the money on R&D to develop them.
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buildzoid
by: urza26
What are you trying to say, because I don't get it?

Really nice that EK is making a lot of blocks for custom cards lately. I hope that this is profitable enough for them so they can keep doing this. Because I somehow got the feeling that they won't be selling an awful lot of those blocks while they still got to spend the money on R&D to develop them.
I don't see why R&D of theses would cost all that much since they just have to adjust their regular full cover blocks to fit differently shaped cards probably takes a few hours in a CAD program. Though manufacturing is a bigger problem because few people buy Lightnings/Matrix cards and even fewer of them buy full cover blocks so production must be run at a really small scale at a high cost.
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#4
thekaidis
Water blocks for $130 cards? Unless these are even cheaper than universal blocks, I don't see the point.
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#5
bogami
And now we're missing Martian LOL. it is to be human to someone too difficult!
Ty EK ! I always buy at the EK the best supplier of all types of liquid cooling PC components.
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#6
_larry
I can't wait until water cooling becomes the norm in the PC community. Prices would go down as well as temps and fan noise.
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Jorge
by: _larry
I can't wait until water cooling becomes the norm in the PC community. Prices would go down as well as temps and fan noise.
H2O cooling will never be the "norm" as it's impractical and has a serious water leak electrical liability that HSFs do not have.

Good to see that EK's PR dept. is still alive. It's been almost a day since they sent out a new waterblock press release.
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Dj-ElectriC
by: Jorge
H2O cooling will never be the "norm" as it's impractical and has a serious water leak electrical liability that HSFs do not have.

Good to see that EK's PR dept. is still alive. It's been almost a day since they sent out a new waterblock press release.
Do you prefer them to NOT announce the release of waterblocks to enthuseists? why do you even come here if not to update, seriously.
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_larry
by: Jorge
H2O cooling will never be the "norm" as it's impractical and has a serious water leak electrical liability that HSFs do not have.

Good to see that EK's PR dept. is still alive. It's been almost a day since they sent out a new waterblock press release.
There is coolant that isn't electrically conductive...
I would much rather route thick tubing then a billion case fan wires.
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