It was a little over four years ago that I decided to take a chance and write up my first public review on a forum, and it just happened to be a review of the EK-Supremacy EVO CPU block. One thing led to another and here I am writing a review of its successor in 2018. A lot of things have happened in these past four years with some new companies forming in this niche field of custom watercooling and others closing down shop. A CPU water block is generally regarded as the one product to best represent a company in this market since it is compatible with multiple generations of CPUs and thus relevant for years. This also means that companies can take their time to develop the next CPU block, with 4–6 years generally being the timeline I see with most. Thanks then to EK Waterblocks (EKWB) for sending review samples of the EK-Velocity CPU block to TechPowerUp.
We got our first glimpse at the EK-Velocity CPU water block at Computex this year, with a few different prototypes shown off to indicate the available retail options that would ship out later—today, as it turns out. One of the things that took over the PC DIY market since the launch of the older EK-Supremacy EVO is RGB lighting, and the new EK-Velocity comes with that in mind depending on the version you go with. Customization was always a high point with these blocks, and we see more of the same here with options of three different tops, two different cold plates, and also two different implementations of RGB lighting depending on the top used as hinted at by the image above. We will explore all this and more, but begin the review with a look at the specifications below.
|EK-Velocity CPU Water Block|
|Top:||Choice of black acetal, polished plexi, or nickel-plated brass|
|Mounting (hold down) bracket:||Metal, black finish|
|Cold plate:||Choice of copper or nickel-plated copper|
|CPU socket compatibility:||Intel version: LGA 115x, LGA 2011(-3), LGA 2066 (Square ILM only); AMD version: AMx/FMx|
|Ports:||Two, BSP G1/4" threaded|