Wednesday, February 12th 2020

EK Waterblocks Introduces Its Professional Lineup of Products

EK, the leader in custom loop liquid cooling products is proud to announce the official launch of a product line that is meant for professional use. Characteristic properties of these products are robust, industrial material choices and no RGB whatsoever. The EK Professional Line of products is all about the use of high-quality materials, longevity and enhancing the power of your PC or computing unit. These new products are also suited for the most demanding customers, like servers, data centers, deep learning workstations, etc.
EK-Pro Quick Disconnect Kits
The EK-Pro GPU Quick Disconnect Kit is the most efficient way to transform your liquid-cooled GPU into a quick-disconnect ready water block assembly. The kit consists of everything that you would need to transform your existing GPU water block into a quick-disconnect ready product. Included are: 1 meter of Black ZMT 6,5/9,5 mm tubing, two 6 mm OD barb fittings, four tube clamps, 45° Angled GPU Terminal and two sets of Quick Disconnect fittings.
The EK-Pro CPU Quick Disconnect Kit is the most efficient way to transform your CPU water block into a quick-disconnect ready assembly. The kit consists of everything that you would need to transform your existing CPU water block into a quick-disconnect ready product. Included are: 1 meter of Black ZMT 9,5/15,9 mm tubing, two 10 mm OD barb fittings, four-tube clamps and two sets of Quick Disconnect fittings.

EK-Pro Manifold
The EK-Pro Manifold is a purpose-made coolant delivery system for multiple water blocks in workstation systems. It offers perfect coolant distribution by using multiple industry-standard G1/4" In and Out ports. There are two versions of the product available. The EK-Pro Manifold 2CPU 2GPU can support two CPU and two GPU water blocks in parallel or semi-parallel setup. The other EK-Pro Manifold marked with 2CPU 4GPU can support two CPU and four GPU water blocks in parallel or semi-parallel setup.
Availability and Pricing
EK Professional line products are designed and made in Slovenia, Europe and are available for order through the EK Webshop or EK Partner Reseller Network.
  • EK-Pro GPU Quick Disconnect Kit €89,90
  • EK-Pro CPU Quick Disconnect Kit €89,90
  • EK-Pro Manifold 2CPU 4GPU - Acetal €89,90
  • EK-Pro Manifold 2CPU 2GPU - Acetal €74,90
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12 Comments on EK Waterblocks Introduces Its Professional Lineup of Products

#1
kroks
Quick Disconnect Kit €89,90 :kookoo:
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#2
AnarchoPrimitiv
I don't understand why anyone would pay substantially more for these items when there are already industrial manufacturers that make quick disconnect fittings (John Guest brand, named after the engineer who created push in fittings; or there are tons of manufacturers of medical grade quick disconnect fittings as well and I believe EK used to use them from one of those manufacturers without even rebranding them). They're all just as good if not better quality while substantially cheaper.

Another bit of information is that the "G 1/4" thread isn't special or proprietary to computer water cooling brands, it's actually British Standard Parallel Pipe (BSPP) thread and you can find numerous fittings, taps and dies in that thread at most hardware stores and industrial suppliers. Also, you can buy compression fittings from industrial suppliers that do NOT have wrench flats on the nuts and look exactly PC brand fittings while being cheaper, you just need to such for "knurled compression fittings" or "rapid joint fittings".... Not sure why, it just bothers me when people reward these PC brands (Ekwb, Alphacool, etc) for Taking products already available, and marking them up by 400% and then taking advantage of those not "in the know"
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#3
Chrispy_
Companies add RGBLED and find a reason to charge more for it.
Now they're removing RGBLED and finding a reason to charge more again.

I'd really hope that the consumer market as a whole isn't that stupid but I am willing to bet that actually, people will pay the premium for these anyway.
I'm expecting a new cases to hit the market before this year is out - without lights and without windows, at a huge premium over tempered-glass RGBLED madness.

AnarchoPrimitiv
it just bothers me when people reward these PC brands (Ekwb, Alphacool, etc) for Taking products already available, and marking them up by 400% and then taking advantage of those not "in the know"
Preach it, brother.
In saying that, the EK logo does cost a lot of money to print onto these products that other people make on EK's behalf. That's got to be worth at least 300% markup right there....
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#4
phill
We don't have live in a fad time with things...
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#5
Dr_b_
EK waterblocks have poor fitment, stopped using them
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#6
theoneandonlymrk
Dr_b_
EK waterblocks have poor fitment, stopped using them
Not my experience these last ten years of using them but I don't use their fittings, just blocks.
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#7
EarthDog
AnarchoPrimitiv
I don't understand why anyone would pay substantially more for these items when there are already industrial manufacturers that make quick disconnect fittings (John Guest brand, named after the engineer who created push in fittings; or there are tons of manufacturers of medical grade quick disconnect fittings as well and I believe EK used to use them from one of those manufacturers without even rebranding them). They're all just as good if not better quality while substantially cheaper.

Another bit of information is that the "G 1/4" thread isn't special or proprietary to computer water cooling brands, it's actually British Standard Parallel Pipe (BSPP) thread and you can find numerous fittings, taps and dies in that thread at most hardware stores and industrial suppliers. Also, you can buy compression fittings from industrial suppliers that do NOT have wrench flats on the nuts and look exactly PC brand fittings while being cheaper, you just need to such for "knurled compression fittings" or "rapid joint fittings".... Not sure why, it just bothers me when people reward these PC brands (Ekwb, Alphacool, etc) for Taking products already available, and marking them up by 400% and then taking advantage of those not "in the know"
Do they make all metal QDCs? A cursory search yields plastic parts...

Link an all metal g1/4 / tbss part. Not sure where to find it in the quick disconnect section. There is something to be said for ease of find the right parts for some. While that may not be worth the premium, it is it's own ecosystem.

... I understand your point, but at the same time, seems like it's easier to find at the ek and similar sites not having to sort through 99% of things that have nothing to do with the build.
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#8
robot zombie
Honestly, I think EK mostly wins out and sells at these rates simply because they are the definitive one-stop. No sifting or anything to go through. Everything is laid out for you. People will pay the premium for that, even knowing. Plus, it's a name even people who aren't familiar with liquid cooling know. With it having become so popular these past few years, they've definitely cemented their place in the... for lack of a better word "normie" sphere. Which is probably about where most people sit. They just want to get it going with as little friction as possible and feel secure in an ecosystem that provides for all of their needs.

But then, people who do know liquid cooling still go to them. AFAIC they're not terrible products, so if that's your preference, I say have at it. For my first liquid cooling setup, they won't be my go to. Too pricey for what you're actually getting. I loathe that I still haven't found a better block than theirs for my 2060.
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#9
moproblems99
EarthDog
Do they make all metal QDCs? A cursory search yields plastic parts...

Link an all metal g1/4 / tbss part. Not sure where to find it in the quick disconnect section. There is something to be said for ease of find the right parts for some. While that may not be worth the premium, it is it's own ecosystem.

... I understand your point, but at the same time, seems like it's easier to find at the ek and similar sites not having to sort through 99% of things that have nothing to do with the build.
If it ain't here: https://www.mcmaster.com/, then may God have mercy on our souls.
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#10
robot zombie
moproblems99
If it ain't here: https://www.mcmaster.com/, then may God have mercy on our souls.
Holy crap... do you know how long I have been looking for .1" 1" OD neodymium discs? They even have those!
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#11
moproblems99
robot zombie
Holy crap... do you know how long I have been looking for .1" 1" OD neodymium discs? They even have those!
I have bought many things from here over the years.
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#12
tripleclicker
No problem if they decide to brand as their own, as long as they don't change what it's called. You can go to their website, see what you need then when you know what it's called, go somewhere else to buy it cheaper. The problem is when they start calling it like, tube A, tube B... fitting A, fitting B etc... Then you get hooked into a closed system.
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