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EK Water Blocks Rolls Out GeForce 400 Series Offerings

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EK Water Blocks released as many as eight water blocks for the GeForce 400 series, four each for the GTX 470 and GTX 480. All four carry essentially the same full-coverage monolithic design, but differ with the selection of materials. The EK-FC470 GTX and EK-FC480 GTX are base-models, which are copper-based, and which use clear acrylic tops. These are priced at 74.95€ and 80.00€, respectively. A little higher up, are the EK-FC470 GTX Acetal and EK-FC480 GTX Acetal, which use acetal top. These go for 77.65€ and 82.9€, respectively. A little further, is are the EK-FC470 GTX Nickel and EK-FC480 GTX Nickel, which use nickel-plated copper for the block, with clear acrylic top, priced at 80.95€ and 85.90€, respectively. At the highest-end are the EK-FC470 GTX Acetal+Nickel and EK-FC480 GTX Acetal+Nickel, which use nickel-plated copper blocks with acetal tops, priced at 84.95€ and 89.90€, respectively.

The monolithic full-coverage design ensures cooling for all vital components on the obverse-side of the PCB, including GPU, memory, and VRM. Heat dissipation over the GPU is done by wavy copper ridges. The blocks use G 1/4 threads for the optional fittings. EK has started taking orders for these on its online store.

 

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EK always makes good stuff, but I think I like the design of the Aqua Computer block better this time. the fine channel or pin designs over the gpu seem to cool better than those with large channels over the gpu, like this one.
 
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Whats the specialty of this Acetal? So nickel plated copper has better thermal conductivity than normal copper??
 
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Whats the specialty of this Acetal? So nickel plated copper has better thermal conductivity than normal copper??
Acetal is mostly just more durable than acrylic.
 

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Nickle plated helps to prevent corrosion on copper. Copper, while a good conductor of heat, is easy to corrose, in other words, this is like a flack jacket :) or HAZMAT suit :)