Tuesday, December 29th 2020

EK Launches New Water Block for RTX 3070 Strix Graphics Cards

EK, the leading computer cooling solutions provider, is ready to offer its premium high-performance GPU water block for ROG 3070 Strix graphics cards. This new block is named EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX 3070 D-RGB and it shares the same backplate with the 3080/3090 Vector Strix water block. It also comes in two versions - with Plexi and Acetal top.

EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX 3070 D-RGB water block is compatible with ROG Strix RTX 3070 graphics cards. This Vector water block actively cools the GPU, VRAM (at the front), MOSFETs in the VRM (voltage regulation module), PWM controller, and all the chokes including the input rail. The water block makes contact with every single inductor to suppress any potential coil whine.
These newly developed water blocks also feature optimized flow paths that reduce hydrodynamic instabilities and vortexing (dead spots) inside of them. Additionally, the new design allows the copper cold plate to cover almost the entire length of the PCB, cooling even less important components for maximum efficiency.

The EK-Quantum Vector Strix Series water blocks use an Open Split-Flow cooling engine design, which proved to be a superior solution for GPU water blocks. It is characterized by low hydraulic flow restriction, meaning it can be used with weaker water pumps or pumps running on low-speed settings, and still achieve top performance. The jet plate and fin structure geometry have been optimized to provide even flow distribution with minimal losses and optimal performance when used in any given coolant flow orientation.

Fin array is populated by 28 microfins with 0.6 mm wide microchannels that provide optimal cooling performance, without unnecessary flow restrictions or clogging hazards. These 2nd generation Vector GPU water blocks also feature plexi terminals that match the top plexi version and acetal terminals for acetal top models. The watertight sealing is ensured by high-quality EPDM O-rings, while brass standoffs are already pre-installed and allow for a safe and easy installation procedure.

Current Compatibility List for EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX 3070 D-RGB Water Block:
  • ROG-STRIX-RTX3070-8G-GAMING
  • ROG-STRIX-RTX3070-O8G-GAMING
  • ROG-STRIX-RTX3070-8G-WHITE
  • ROG-STRIX-RTX3070-O8G-WHITE
Backplate for the Strix 3070 Vector Water Block
EK recommends the purchase of a retention backplate, which improves the overall aesthetics of your graphics cards, and also provides additional passive cooling for the GPU core and backside of the printed circuit board VRM section.

Availability and Pricing
The EK-Quantum Vector RTX 3070 D-RGB water blocks are made and assembled in Slovenia, Europe, and are available for pre-order through the EK Webshop and dedicated reseller network. These water blocks are expected to ship out in late January. In the table below, you can see the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP).
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4 Comments on EK Launches New Water Block for RTX 3070 Strix Graphics Cards

#1
Dammeron
What's the point of that copper base part at the end of the card? It's barely connected to the main one so the heat transfer will probably be atrocious.
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Chrispy_
Dammeron
What's the point of that copper base part at the end of the card? It's barely connected to the main one so the heat transfer will probably be atrocious.
Purely cosmetic, it's real-estate to print the "Vector Strix" because people who overpay for Strix cards have an inferiority complex and need to show everyone what card is under their EK waterblock.

The STRIX cards are well-made, but they also usually cost as much as a perfectly decent card from the next SKU up the product stack, so they make zero sense to me outside of sponsored overclocking competitions and dumb willy-waving.

In normal times, for the price of a 3070 Strix you would probably be able to buy a 3080 instead. Right now, people who really want an Ampere card seem to be willing to pay anything and aren't fussy about what model they're getting as long as they can get one, so I'll temporarily reserve judgement until all of this blows over.

I'll be at The Winchester.
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#3
ZeroFM
Prices are insane ... 3year ago was ~105eu for 1080Ti
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Chrispy_
ZeroFM
Prices are insane ... 3year ago was ~105eu for 1080Ti
EK make good stuff but they're milking their fame and adding a premium tax for their status now.

Plenty of other brands offering perfectly good quality waterblocks for much less (Alphacool, Barrow etc). I went with Alphacool but was looking at reviews of the Barrow stuff before deciding as it's half the price of EK and looks fine to me.
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