Friday, April 23rd 2021

EKWB: Cooling Of the Highest Magnitude Comes to Threadripper CPUs

EK, the leading computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is launching a new water block, tailor-made for AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors. The Magnitude sTRX4 is the most complex Threadripper CPU water block on the market to date. Our latest addition to the EK Quantum product line has no intention of succeeding or replacing its Velocity sTR4 counterparts, as the Magnitude water block is a rather sophisticated alternative optimized specifically for Zen 2 based AMD Threadripper CPUs.

EK-Quantum Magnitude sTRX4
The block will be available in the same four finishes as regular Magnitude blocks: Copper + Acetal, Nickel + Acetal (D-RGB), Nickel + Plexi (D-RGB), and Full Nickel. However, to distinguish the two acetal models, Copper + Acetal versions will feature an exclusive red frame by default. The award-winning, signature design truly sets the Magnitude apart, with every piece being CNC-milled from a solid piece of material. The three-dimensional aluminum mounting frame perfectly blends in with the asymmetrical shape of the Threadripper CPU socket while making the screws a seamless part of the water block. Strong edges and chamfers root this futuristic design firmly into the EK Quantum line. Magnitude proudly bears its prestigious iF Design Award.
The water block implements the evolution of the patent-pending technology called TDC (Targeted Die Cooling). This technology was first developed for the 2nd-generation EK Threadripper CPU water blocks. The Magnitude now utilizes it on a more sophisticated level thanks to the intricate shape of the jet plate insert that focuses the coolant over the key components. The insert, which is made from solid brass, is essential to apply pressure to the coldplate and IHS correctly. Magnitude sTRX4 versions have an asymmetrical design that targets all 8 chiplets in parallel. Select contact patches apply more pressure to specific parts with the most heat.

Customization Options
The customer may disassemble the block to exchange accents, reverse the flow direction, or perform maintenance. Several safety measures have been implemented to prevent the possibility of incorrect re-assembly. Because the SP3 sockets are asymmetrical, it is not possible to rotate the top, the frame, or the coldplate relative to the socket. This means that the ports, the jet, and the fins are always correctly aligned for the block to perform as it should. It is possible to rotate the insert by 180°, thus exchanging the optimal inlet and outlet ports to reverse the flow direction.

The aesthetic accents are CNC machined from solid blocks of material. The standard accents are nickel-plated brass or white acetal for the Nickel + Acetal. Different anodized aluminum accents are also available as accessories - in black, red, blue, purple, gold, and green color.
Lighting
Elegantly concealed between the accent and the top on all D-RGB versions is a powerful LED strip boasting an incredible 44 individually addressable RGB diodes. Versions without D-RGB, such as Full Nickel, can also be upgraded with a special translucent accent. Nickel + Plexi blocks are illuminated inwards, evenly lighting the coolant and the entire top. Blocks with an opaque top are bordered by a halo of rich color. They are compatible with popular RGB sync technologies from all major motherboard manufacturers. The arrow marking on the 3-pin D-RGB LED connector is to be aligned with the +5V marking on the D-RGB (addressable) header.

Availability and Pricing
The EK-Quantum Magnitude sTRX4 Water Block and accents are made in Slovenia, EU, and they are available for order through the EK Webshop or EK Partner Reseller Network. In the table below you can see the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP). [Editor's note: We have attached a copy of the table as an image below]
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21 Comments on EKWB: Cooling Of the Highest Magnitude Comes to Threadripper CPUs

#1
MDWiley
I've said it before and I'll say it again. If they're going to charge that much for a block, and advertise it as "modular and customizable", EK needs to put WAY more spare parts on their store than just colored accents and cold plates.
Add brackets, tops, inserts, jet plates, o-rings and hardware to the store. Maybe a "build your own" section for their blocks. It's the least they could do.
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#2
docnorth
RGB and led stripes on a threadripper is simply beyond me.
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#3
Emily
Those prices are why I don't dabble in custom cooling.
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#5
Avlin
well, it looks nice, but once I see the pricing... I would rather go here hybridcooling-modding.fr and order a french made custom made proper waterblock. you can even send them yourmtherboard if you need something special. please EK, too much charge for dumb waterblocks and too small professional lineup. where is the ek annihilator for TR4/SP3 ?

f.. for 135€ you get pure copper 99.95 % nickel plated 165 microchannels 100µm, integrated jetplate, low internal restriction, socket fixation system amovible, stainless bolts, 2mm toric joint industrial grade, WTF is charging EK ?
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#6
DemonicRyzen666
Avlin
well, it looks nice, but once I see the pricing... I would rather go here hybridcooling-modding.fr and order a french made custom made proper waterblock. you can even send them yourmtherboard if you need something special. please EK, too much charge for dumb waterblocks and too small professional lineup. where is the ek annihilator for TR4/SP3 ?

f.. for 135€ you get pure copper 99.95 % nickel plated 165 microchannels 100µm, integrated jetplate, low internal restriction, socket fixation system amovible, stainless bolts, 2mm toric joint industrial grade, WTF is charging EK ?
This block won't performance any better than the current ones until they get rid of using nickel plating. Being 100% copper doesn't matter at all because of that. It's just like when you lap a cpu to the copper the IHS no longer has that nickel barrier. what's higher 91 W/m.K or 401 W/m.K ?
also this block is large enough to have two inlets and two outlets. :|
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#7
ThrashZone
Hi,
No break down so no idea what's the inside is like
EK pricing is always absurd it's just the way they like it
From seeing and using the Intel magnitude it's way too complex to be cost efficient.
Optimus's threadripper block is way more straight forward
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#8
Avlin
best combo is copper/acetal imho, I have this for my RadeonVII EK waterblock. I don't now for nickel and thermal perf, but for me acrylic can crack in some cases
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#9
dont whant to set it"'
To G1/4 or not to G3/8? That is a question?
The I/O die gets most of the cooling from that waterblock and eF'all for the CPU chiplets by the looks of things.
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#10
Anoniem
That block better perform miracles for that price. Just take a look at the lineup from Watercool or Alphacool, great blocks, not too expensive. Same goes for Barrow.
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#11
ypsylon
For the price it's utter nonsense. :eek:

I bet EK still uses rubber gaskets in those. Rubber fuses with coldplate very easily if you hammer the loop with heat all the time.

For my 3090 I got EK's block as it is the only company which sells plate to cool the VRAM on top. On air memory hits 100C with ease and rendering for 10 hours straight card literally cooks itself. All air coolers are useless except nVidia -unobtanium- reference model. But even so 2 blocks are like 310 Euros. Here one CPU block is nearly 300. WTH they smoking?

CPU, I'm running my rock solid, no resistance Phanteks 399a with Vitron rubbers which never fuse with plating. No matter how much I abuse the CPU for a year. Cleaning it is 5 minutes job. For every EK block get spare gaskets for maintenance when you can. You'll thank me later.
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#12
zlobby
Arrogant btards, flaky and overpriced products. Not touching them anytime soon.
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#14
Mamya3084
As a TR owner with an Optimus block (i bought a B-grade one for $230AUD shipped), EK are taking the piss.
That's is a stupid price, no matter how "engineered" there block is...
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#15
phill
I'd love to know just how much better an EK Nikel TR4 block cools for $320 than one of their regular blocks or even a few competitors.... I seriously doubt it'll be something like 10C difference or more... Maybe 2 to 4C at the very best??
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#16
TheUn4seen
Well, these blocks are overpriced, but that's by design. They don't exist to perform but to show off how much disposable income are you willing to waste on an endeavor which is of dubious value - honestly, how much performance are you going to get by liquid cooling such CPU? Also, how many people put a Threadripper in a showcase PC where anyone would see the glorious blinking lights? These CPUs spend their life in a rack mounted server. This is pure vanity, like selling worthless rocks for thousands of dollars.
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#17
ADB1979
I would seriously look at watercooling again if EKWB (or another high-end waterblock manufacturer) made an AIO...
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ADB1979
DeathtoGnomes
thats inner design looks weird. no fins?
You can see the fins on the bottom edge in this picture.

They appear to be obscured by bling.!

www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-quantum-magnitude-strx4-d-rgb-nickel-plexi
ADB1979
I would seriously look at watercooling again if EKWB (or another high-end waterblock manufacturer) made an AIO...
It seems that EK does make AIO's...

Now taking a look to see if they are simply another manufacturers part that has been rebranded.

www.ekwb.com/shop/aio
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#20
DeathtoGnomes
ADB1979
They appear to be obscured by bling.!
IDK the image in the link looks like a different waterblock. Without clearer images, we can only speculate atm. :oops:
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