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EKWB announces GeForce GTX 1080 Ti full-coverage blocks

EKWB announces GeForce GTX 1080 Ti full-coverage blocks

EK Water Blocks has announced the impending launch of full-coverage blocks for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card family, available in acrylic or acetal variants and with optional black or nickel backplates.

EK Water Blocks has announced the impending launch of its family of full-coverage water blocks for Nvidia's latest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, which are available in acrylic or acetal variants with or without backplates.

Designed to help tame the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and improve overclocking performance, EK Water Blocks' full-coverage designs include - as you would expect from full-coverage blocks - direct contact with the GPU, RAM, and voltage regulator modules (VRMs), each of which has coolant flowing over the top. The company has used, it details, a split-flow central inlet design which it claims can operate in forward or reverse flow modes with zero impact on its performance. Additionally, the company claims, the design of the block makes it suitable for use in low-pressure loops with underpowered pumps - suggesting it may be well-suited to those who have already invested in a CPU-only loop and are looking to expand without replacing an existing pump.

Both models of block are constructed from nickel-plated copper with an upper surface made from acrylic or POM acetal depending on which model is purchased. The former version also includes two pre-drilled holes able to accept 3mm LEDs for custom lighting, lacking from the acetal variant. Both include a bundled single-slot adaptor bracket.

EK Water Blocks has priced the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti full-coverage blocks at €119.95 each in acrylic or acetal (around £103 including VAT), with an optional backplate available in black at €29.95 or nickel at €37.95 (around £26 and £32 respectively, including VAT.) The blocks are due to begin shipping from April 12th, with more information and a small pre-order discount available on the official product pages.

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Anfield 6th April 2017, 13:46 Quote
I don't get it...

EK announced weeks ago the Titan X (Pascal version) blocks which already are in stock at various stores around the world fit the 1080ti.
TheMadDutchDude 6th April 2017, 13:53 Quote
I guess it's another line that they can sell easily, with slight modification. Who wants to have a TITAN labelled block on a 1080 Ti? Come on... ;) :D
Mankz 7th April 2017, 08:22 Quote
Jesus FC blocks are expensive thesedays..

They used to be £55/60 which was a lot, £100+ is just a rip off
Bindibadgi 7th April 2017, 08:50 Quote
It's the EK premium and also gpu blocks are very low volume so costs always higher.
sandys 7th April 2017, 09:47 Quote
Not only that it used to be 1.45 Euro to the pound now its 1.16, Brexit!
Vault-Tec 7th April 2017, 10:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
It's the EK premium and also gpu blocks are very low volume so costs always higher.

Yup. Fury X blocks were £130, for that reason. Oh yeah, then another £30 for the back plate.
Wakka 7th April 2017, 10:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mankz
Jesus FC blocks are expensive thesedays..

They used to be £55/60 which was a lot, £100+ is just a rip off

Everything watercooling is expensive nowadays - A couple of us were talking about it not long ago. The difference in cost of manufacture vs cost of sale for a DDC or D5 most be astronomical...
davido_labido 7th April 2017, 10:58 Quote
Knowing how much some of the parts cost to make compared to sale price is crazy. However, so is the time and effort that is spent on getting the blocks right. Visiting EK was an eye opener. It was far more impressive than I expected and the folks there really do care about their job. I buy as much stuff as I am given and I don't regret any penny spent :D
Wakka 7th April 2017, 11:09 Quote
Oh I don't mind so much with blocks - I've done CNC and manual machining for years so I know the work that goes into something like that. It was more a specific pop at pump manufactures really haha.

EK are for watercooling what Hope are for bike parts - yes they are expensive, but that's because they invest properly in their tools, materials and quality control. I've had cheap blocks with horribly cut micro channels, poorly threaded tops, shoddy acrylic glue and cheap o-rings, but every EK block I've had (both CPU and GPU) have been faultless... Can't claim that for some of the XSPC products I've worked with!
Vault-Tec 7th April 2017, 11:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Wakka
Oh I don't mind so much with blocks - I've done CNC and manual machining for years so I know the work that goes into something like that. It was more a specific pop at pump manufactures really haha.

EK are for watercooling what Hope are for bike parts - yes they are expensive, but that's because they invest properly in their tools, materials and quality control. I've had cheap blocks with horribly cut micro channels, poorly threaded tops, shoddy acrylic glue and cheap o-rings, but every EK block I've had (both CPU and GPU) have been faultless... Can't claim that for some of the XSPC products I've worked with!

Don't get conned on the pumps. I bought a pump for a tenner from HK and it's been in service since November last year and hasn't missed a beat. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that the shaft and bearing were both ceramic, and the motor on the arse end was very powerful.
davido_labido 7th April 2017, 12:01 Quote
A lot of the pumps are made in the same places. However, some are tested far more than others ;)
Chris_Waddle 7th April 2017, 12:23 Quote
I've used and own many EK blocks, never had an issue with them, I rate them highly.

Of recent though, I've started buying Heatkiller IV's as I think they look that bit 'sexier'

http://shop.watercool.de/WebRoot/Sage/Shops/WatercooleK/57C0/25A1/327D/A20C/A0A3/0A0C/05BA/015D/HK_IV_TITAN_XP_ACRYL_Ni_07.jpg
davido_labido 7th April 2017, 12:35 Quote
aaah, reminds me of my favorite aquacomputer block.
Bindibadgi 7th April 2017, 12:43 Quote
Aqua Computer and all the rest really fell by the wayside. EK are the only ones to really strike it big.
Vault-Tec 7th April 2017, 13:06 Quote
Watercool (who make Heatkiller) make my fave gear. I've got one of their Heat Transformers (it's like a rad only different) and it's the Noctua of rads. Absolutely beautifully made and can hold 6 bar.
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