Tuesday, August 11th 2020

EK Launches One Plexi and One Acetal Monoblock for the GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS Master

EK, the premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is releasing its first of many Momentum Monoblocks for Intel Z490 chipset-based motherboards - the EK-Quantum Momentum Aorus Z490 Master. This monoblock is specifically engineered in Plexi and Acetal versions for the Aorus Z490 Master motherboard from Gigabyte. The addressable D-RGB LED in the Plexi monoblock is compatible with Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2.0 control and offers full lighting customization for every single diode at any given time. This is a complete all-in-one (CPU and motherboard) liquid cooling solution for Intel Socket 1200 Series Processors. The monoblock is covering the entire VRM section of the Aorus Z490 Master motherboard.

This monoblock boasts the latest generation Velocity cooling engine, used on the EK Quantum Lineup, to ensure the best possible CPU cooling without reducing flow to other components. It cools the CPU, as well as the voltage regulation (MOSFET) module. Liquid flows directly over all critical areas, providing the enthusiasts with an excellent solution for high and stable overclocks. Like with every EK monoblock, the EK-Quantum Momentum Aorus Z490 Master D-RGB features high flow design and can be easily used in systems with weaker water pumps or lower pump speed settings. The Plexi version of this monoblock also comes with sophisticated addressable D-RGB lightning, which connects to a standard 3-pin 5 V D-RGB addressable header which is called D_LED (Addressable LED Strip Headers) on the Aorus Z490 Master.
We Are Bringing Back the Acetal Version
The monoblock is made in two variants, with both sporting nickel-plated electrolytic copper base, while its top is CNC-machined out of either high-quality cast-acrylic or durable black POM acetal. The nickel-plated brass screw-in standoffs are all pre-installed and allow for easy and fast installation of the monoblock. The acetal version offers NO RGB support whatsoever, and it comes with an all-new matte black finish.

A Digital (addressable) 3-pin 5 V D-RGB LED strip is installed in the Plexi version of the monoblock. It connects to the motherboard's 3-pin LED header, or it can be connected to any other supported 5 V 3-pin LED controller. This product is compatible with Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2.0 control software. The arrow marking on the 3-pin D-RGB LED connector is to be aligned with the +5 V marking on the D_LED header.

Availability and Pricing
EK-Quantum Momentum Aorus Z490 Master D-RGB monoblocks are made in Slovenia, Europe, and are readily available for pre-order through the EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network. This Quantum Line monoblock will start shipping on August 25, 2020. In the table below, you can see the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP), VAT included.
  • EK-Quantum Momentum Aorus Z490 Master D-RGB - Plexi 169.90€
  • EK-Quantum Momentum Aorus Z490 Master D-RGB - Acetal 169.90€
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8 Comments on EK Launches One Plexi and One Acetal Monoblock for the GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS Master

#1
MDWiley
Acetal monoblocks are finally back!
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Haile Selassie
The prices have gone up SEVERELY. You can get two Barrow ones for this amount of money! :O
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#4
Dammeron
While fullcovers for GPU cards make some sense (VRM temps can really go high during OC, there's also GDDR OC to cover too) I won't ever bother to buy a MB monoblock - it's super expensive with no reason except for the "I have everithing watercooled" case.
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#5
chief-gunney
Sick of EK jacking up their prices on everything. Need some more competition and distribution in this market as EK act like they have a monopoly. Same goes in the radiator space as well.
It's shocking in Australia as you can't get much else other than EK.
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Vya Domus
chief-gunney
Sick of EK jacking up their prices on everything. Need some more competition and distribution in this market as EK act like they have a monopoly. Same goes in the radiator space as well.
It's shocking in Australia as you can't get much else other than EK.
I think you need someone with more marketing, every time I see some video from a trendy PC hardware youtuber they always feature EK products. At the end of the day these products aren't exactly sitting at the cutting edge of technology, they're "blocks of metal", it's not hard to compete with products but it might be hard to compete with the brand.

Thank God Kraken G12 and cheap AIOs exist, I wouldn't even think about paying 150$+ on just a GPU block.
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#7
Haile Selassie
I just love the plain incompetence by naming non-RGB equipped product the same way as they name the RGB equipped one lmao.
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#8
ThrashZone
chief-gunney
Sick of EK jacking up their prices on everything. Need some more competition and distribution in this market as EK act like they have a monopoly. Same goes in the radiator space as well.
It's shocking in Australia as you can't get much else other than EK.
Hi,
Yeah we finally got optimus in the USA but corona crap has made production/ expansion crap too.
Optimus Advanced Water Cooling
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