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EK launches Supremacy Clean CSQ Gold waterblock

EK launches Supremacy Clean CSQ Gold waterblock

EK's latest Supremacy variant features gold plating to match the current raft of gold-and-black motherboards hitting the market.

Water-cooling giant EK has announced a new addition to its line of waterblocks, designed to offer a little bling over its standard models: the EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ Gold.

Based around the company's existing EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ design, the new waterblock differs in just one very important way: the cover block has been plated with gold, giving it a rather shinier finish than the standard models. The gold-plated block - which uses genuine, actual gold, EK assures - is coupled with a black mounting bracket and gold-plated PreciseMount mechanism for a two-tone finish.

The idea, EK explains, is to help the block fit in with the increasing number of black-and-gold motherboards on the market from the like of Asus, ASRock and ECS, giving the option of continuing the theme on into the rest of the build. As with the existing EK-Supremacy family, the waterblock supports all current Intel and AMD socket mountings using the included mounting system.

As EK's flagship product, the EK-Supremacy is claimed to offer a raft of improvements over its predecessor the EK-Supreme HF: a change of design results in 20 per cent higher flow rates, while like-for-like testing performed internally at EK claims a 2°C lower CPU temperature on average. The block also uses varying jet plates depending on your CPU, each machined to fit precisely against the integrated heatspreader (IHS) for maximum contact.

The new block is provided with Intel LGA 775, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011 mounts and jet plates - although narrow server-type LGA 2011 mounting requires an extra mounting plate, not supplied as standard - along with AMD 939, 754, 940, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM2 and FM2+ parts. Each block includes the gold-plated block and mounting system, backplate, and 1.6g of Gelid GC-Extreme thermal interface material. As with the non-gold variant, replacement tops in a variety of colours are available as optional extras.

The EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ Gold is available now from EK's own webshop, priced at €89.95 including VAT. UK pricing has yet to be confirmed.

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Fracture 19th September 2013, 12:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree

Water-cooling giant UK has announced a new addition to its line of waterblocks, designed to offer a little bling over its standard models: the EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ Gold.

Based around the company's existing EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ design, the new waterblock differs in just one very important way: the covver block has been plated with gold, giving it a rather shinier finish than the standard models.
Gareth, there's a couple of errors at the start of the article :)
Noob? 19th September 2013, 12:27 Quote
Nice but I'm sticking with my Elite for now. :)
Gareth Halfacree 19th September 2013, 12:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fracture
Gareth, there's a couple of errors at the start of the article :)
Cheers for the heads-up: both fixed now. (The whole "EK-UK" thing was a constant muscle-memory typo throughout writing that piece, but I thought I'd caught all of 'em!)
Woodspoon 19th September 2013, 13:34 Quote
I'm sure it won't make much difference but gold reflects heat, so I wouldn't have thought it would have been a very good thing to have on a water block.
Going to stay clear of EK these days anyway.
Maki role 19th September 2013, 14:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Woodspoon
I'm sure it won't make much difference but gold reflects heat, so I wouldn't have thought it would have been a very good thing to have on a water block.
Going to stay clear of EK these days anyway.

So do mirrored surfaces in general. The point being waterblocks transfer almost entirely (as in 99.999%) through conduction, which wouldn't be affected given how thin the gold layer is (and how it's still a very good heat conductor).

I really like this idea actually. It may sound a bit overly flashy, but it would definitely fit nicely with the swathes of new gold motherboards. Would be nice if they did a gold plated version of the elite though, using a coloured coolant will nullify much of the gold effect from this block I imagine.

Edit: Somehow confused a property of gold, corrected to be less confusing, original is quoted down the page anyway.
SMIFFYDUDE 19th September 2013, 16:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Maki role
So do mirrored surfaces in general. The point being waterblocks transfer almost entirely (as in 99.999%) through conduction, which if anything would be boosted by gold given that it's a better heat conductor than copper (not that a few microns of gold plating would help in any meaningful way though).

I thought copper was a better heat conductor than gold.
Maki role 19th September 2013, 17:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE


I thought copper was a better heat conductor than gold.

You're right, I must have had some other metric in my head when I wrote that (probably was influenced by the density or something).
Goty 19th September 2013, 22:15 Quote
Raft.

Sorry, I thought there weren't enough instances of the word in today's articles.
Floyd 19th September 2013, 22:15 Quote
Hope it doesn't flake off like the nickel did...
Woodspoon 19th September 2013, 22:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Maki role

So do mirrored surfaces in general. The point being waterblocks transfer almost entirely (as in 99.999%) through conduction, which wouldn't be affected given how thin the gold layer is (and how it's still a very good heat conductor).

I wouldn't like to say how good Gold is as a heat conductor but I know it's one of the best heat reflectors there is, that's why they use it in race car engine bays, on satellites and even the lunar module that landed on the moon.
Maki role 19th September 2013, 22:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Woodspoon
I wouldn't like to say how good Gold is as a heat conductor but I know it's one of the best heat reflectors there is, that's why they use it in race car engine bays, on satellites and even the lunar module that landed on the moon.


Oh yes that's very true, after all who could forget the gold engine lining for the McLaren F1. The thing is, it will only reflect the radiated heat, as a conductor it's no different to most metals so conducts heat very well.
RedFlames 19th September 2013, 23:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
I thought copper was a better heat conductor than gold.

silver is better again iirc, but gold is gold... some people will buy it because it's gold... just like them 'gold plated' silly-priced Monster cables
Woodspoon 20th September 2013, 02:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Maki role

Oh yes that's very true, after all who could forget the gold engine lining for the McLaren F1. The thing is, it will only reflect the radiated heat, as a conductor it's no different to most metals so conducts heat very well.

Good conductor & a good reflector.
Fair enough, makes sense.
I need to learn more about the properties of gold, :)
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