EK Waterblock on the Radeon HD 5870
Posted on 4th Dec 2009 at 10:41 by Richard Swinburne with 13 comments
Unfortunately, after a day and a half of solid fiddling we had to call it a day and move on with other reviews. However - I couldn't pass up the opportunity to give our friends at EK some love, and show off their lovely waterblock.
The block with the acrylic top looks gorgeous, and being solid copper also weighs a ton!
In the box there's a set of fitting instructions (READ THEM!) as well as all the screws and thermal pads that are essential to make this block work.
The memory pads are precut, however the pads for the power hardware require measuring and cutting by hand from the extra squares provided in the pack. It takes some time to do, but it's essential due to the way ATI designed its product.
With the pads fitted, it should look like this.
Then it simply requires screwing in...
And finally, fitted, it looks like this. The barbs can be inserted either side, but it specifically requires short threads - so make note. While I can't give comparative numbers, I can say that connected to the Swiftech kit we previously reviewed except with a single 120mm radiator it runs lovely and cool, even under extended load. This being the case, it should happily allow for GPU core and memory overvolting along with copious amounts of overclocking, if your card allows.