Friday, October 20th 2017

EK Releases CPU+VRM Monoblock for ASUS X399 Threadripper Motherboards

EK Water Blocks, the Slovenia-based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer proves its market leadership once again by releasing the world's first Socket TR4 based monoblock made for several ASUS X399 motherboards. The EK-FB ASUS ROG ZE RGB Monoblock has an integrated 4-pin Digital RGB LED strip which makes it compatible with ASUS Aura Sync, thus offering a full lighting customization experience.

Designed and engineered in cooperation with ASUS, this monoblock uses award-winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure best possible CPU cooling. This water block directly cools AMD Socket TR4 type CPU, as well as the power regulation (MOSFET) module. Liquid flows directly over all critical areas, providing the enthusiasts with a great solution for high and stable overclocks. Using such a monoblock gets rid of the small fan that can be found on some X399 motherboards, hidden under the I/O cover.
This is a complete all-in-one (CPU and motherboard) liquid cooling solution for three ASUS AMD X399 Chipset based motherboards that support AMD Socket TR4 AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors. This monoblock is compatible with the following ASUS motherboards:
  • ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme
  • ASUS PRIME X399-A
  • ASUS ROG Strix X399-E Gaming
This X399 platform based monoblock also comes with a redesigned bigger cold plate. The new design ensures that the monoblock has mechanical contact with the entire Ryzen Threadripper processor IHS, thus enabling better thermal transfer. The base of the monoblock is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality acrylic glass material. The main nickel plated mounting screws and brass screw-in standoffs are pre-installed so that the installation process is quick and easy.

The monoblock is equipped with a Digital RGB LED strip that connects to the dedicated digital 4-pin header on the motherboard. ASUS X399 series motherboards use the most advanced LED system on the market allowing a new world of illumination possibilities. Using the digital LED header, users can individually address color to each LED on the monoblocks integrated Digital LED strip. The LED strip cover can easily be removed for adjusting the cable orientation or replacing the Digital LED strip with an ordinary LED strip or any other custom solution as well

Availability and pricing
EK-FB ASUS ROG ZE RGB Monoblock is made in Slovenia, and it is available for pre-order through EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network. All pre-orders will start shipping 2nd of November, 2017. MSRP: 119.95€.
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17 Comments on EK Releases CPU+VRM Monoblock for ASUS X399 Threadripper Motherboards

#1
thesmokingman
Sweet, been waiting for this monoblock to come out!
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#2
Farmer Boe
Interesting how that block fits all three motherboards which indicates they use the same VRM setup/PCB layout. Not totally surprising as threadripper is a pretty niche market segment. But you can get top end Zenith Extreme components on your X399-A motherboard which is nice.
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#3
nemesis.ie
Now how about one for the Asrock pro? :) Maybe an option for a liquid temp probe instead of the LED?
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#4
CheapMeat
The cooling "engine" fin area doesn't look any different size wise. It doesn't look like it was made specifically for X399.
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#5
ypsylon
Good to see that there is an option (VRMs get toasty) still I'm waiting for monoblock from Bitspower.

EK really cheaped-out on the ordinary block for TR4, basically turning ordinary Supremacy from Intel platform into AMD. Micro channel area is exactly the same just plate is bigger. And that points to simply ignoring the fact that TR4 has much larger IHS which cannot be cooled efficiently. It was done ASAP just to dump product on the market. This mononoblock shares same deficiency with smaller brother. Microchannel area is tiny with relation to massive IHS.

There are good few degrees difference between cheapo Supremacy and Phanteks Glacier 399a. I love it. 399a looks epic (tho I removed RGB strips first!), weighs a good whack, microchannels basically cover whole cooling plate and block is universal while EK offerings are directional (specified Inlet and Outlet). With number crunching 1920x hovering at max 45C (Tdie), while on Supremacy I was easily hitting 50+ C - 4GHz stable.
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#6
zlobby
ypsylon said:
Good to see that there is an option (VRMs get toasty) still I'm waiting for monoblock from Bitspower.

EK really cheaped-out on the ordinary block for TR4, basically turning ordinary Supremacy from Intel platform into AMD. Micro channel area is exactly the same just plate is bigger. And that points to simply ignoring the fact that TR4 has much larger IHS which cannot be cooled efficiently. It was done ASAP just to dump product on the market. This mononoblock shares same deficiency with smaller brother. Microchannel area is tiny with relation to massive IHS.

There are good few degrees difference between cheapo Supremacy and Phanteks Glacier 399a. I love it. 399a looks epic (tho I removed RGB strips first!), weighs a good whack, microchannels basically cover whole cooling plate and block is universal while EK offerings are directional (specified Inlet and Outlet). With number crunching 1920x hovering at max 45C (Tdie), while on Supremacy I was easily hitting 50+ C - 4GHz stable.
EKWB are looking like the Razer of the watercooling to me.
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#7
lexluthermiester
Farmer Boe said:
Interesting how that block fits all three motherboards which indicates they use the same VRM setup/PCB layout. Not totally surprising as threadripper is a pretty niche market segment. But you can get top end Zenith Extreme components on your X399-A motherboard which is nice.
It's not that niche. It's selling very well. I've twice seen Newegg's listing go "out of stock".
zlobby said:
EKWB are looking like the Razer of the watercooling to me.
Is that a good or bad thing to you? Seems like a good thing to me as Razor consistently makes high quality goods. EK has earned a similar reputation.

This water-block seems very cool! [pun intended]
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#8
Dammeron
I can't believe it. They actually made a decent looking monoblock. That's something new.
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#9
nemesis.ie
lexluthermiester said:


Is that a good or bad thing to you? Seems like a good thing to me as Razor consistently makes high quality goods. EK has earned a similar reputation.

This water-block seems very cool! [pun intended]
The two or 3 Razer products I had all failed soon after warranty expiration ... they seem to be all bling, no substance to me.
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#10
Steamroller
ypsylon said:
Good to see that there is an option (VRMs get toasty) still I'm waiting for monoblock from Bitspower.

EK really cheaped-out on the ordinary block for TR4, basically turning ordinary Supremacy from Intel platform into AMD. Micro channel area is exactly the same just plate is bigger. And that points to simply ignoring the fact that TR4 has much larger IHS which cannot be cooled efficiently. It was done ASAP just to dump product on the market. This mononoblock shares same deficiency with smaller brother. Microchannel area is tiny with relation to massive IHS.

There are good few degrees difference between cheapo Supremacy and Phanteks Glacier 399a. I love it. 399a looks epic (tho I removed RGB strips first!), weighs a good whack, microchannels basically cover whole cooling plate and block is universal while EK offerings are directional (specified Inlet and Outlet). With number crunching 1920x hovering at max 45C (Tdie), while on Supremacy I was easily hitting 50+ C - 4GHz stable.
Are there any valid reviews that compare the EK TR4 Supremacy with other TR4 blocks?
I have seen a few blocks with the fin area been really huge.... but what good does a huge
fin area do when there is zero liquid channeled to the far ends of the fins relative to the inlet
hole.
I am seeing people complaining about the EK block but have seen no comparison review
done by a professional reviewer.
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#11
thesmokingman
Steamroller said:
Are there any valid reviews that compare the EK TR4 Supremacy with other TR4 blocks?
I have seen a few blocks with the fin area been really huge.... but what good does a huge
fin area do when there is zero liquid channeled to the far ends of the fins relative to the inlet
hole.
I am seeing people complaining about the EK block but have seen no comparison review
done by a professional reviewer.
Take it with a mound of salt. The poster you quoted is comparing a bottom barrel straight flow design block from the 90's to a jet plate design with EK and basically all the top makes. That says something...
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#12
lexluthermiester
nemesis.ie said:
The two or 3 Razer products I had all failed soon after warranty expiration ... they seem to be all bling, no substance to me.
Fair enough. Have not had that experience. Every Razer product I've crossed paths with has been rock solid, including a few laptops.
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#13
ironemos
nemesis.ie said:
Now how about one for the Asrock pro? :) Maybe an option for a liquid temp probe instead of the LED?
I wish!!! I personally have never seen an EK waterblock for an Asrock motherboard. They mainly do for Asus, some for Gigabyte and may be MSI. Bitspower has done some blocks for Asrock but I do like EK more. I believe Asrock is one of the best boards out there. It offers a perfect value and deserves more attention. Recently most Asrock Z170, Z270, and AM4 boards have been receiving good reviews from users and experts even better than Asus.
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#14
Steamroller
From some of their facebook posts its seems that X299 and X399 ASRock monoblocks are on their way. Even if you check with the EK configurator for some X399 mobos,
under monoblock it says "Coming soon".
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#15
nemesis.ie
lexluthermiester said:
Fair enough. Have not had that experience. Every Razor product I've crossed paths with has been rock solid, including a few laptops.
Good to hear it's not all bad. It's "Razer" BTW, not Razor. Or are you a victim of auto-correct? ;)

@ironemos And ASRock seem to be the only ones putting faster NICs on board. Until on-board ones become faster the adoption of higher speeds will take longer and keep the higher prices IMO. The Aquantia drivers seem to be working fine now too. The ASRock TR actually has 3 NICs, 2 x Intel and 1 x 10Gbe Aquantia and is still cheaper than some of the competitors' boards. Factor in the cost of a separate 10Gbe NIC (or 5Gb in the case of the AM4 board) and they seem like a bargain.
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#16
ironemos
Steamroller said:
From some of their facebook posts its seems that X299 and X399 ASRock monoblocks are on their way. Even if you check with the EK configurator for some X399 mobos,
under monoblock it says "Coming soon".
Well that’s great news because I typically favor Asrock mobos. I almost never had any issue with them and I like their BIOS interface. I know that during the last 5 years I kept looking hard for EK blocks for any Asrock Mobo and I could find none. I just lost hope. It seems EK is finally realizing how popular Asrock is becoming ( at least in the US). Thanks for the info anyway.
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#17
solomonkariri
I'm also waiting for the Asrock Pro monoblock. Though I have no idea about the timeline.
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