EK launches Gigabyte Gaming G1 GTX 970 block

December 2, 2014 // 1:24 p.m.

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EK Water Blocks has announced the launch of a full-cover water block to fit on Gigabyte's Gaming G1 variant of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, part of its increasing focus on offering customised blocks for non-reference designs.

The EK-FC970 GTX WF3 is designed exclusively for the Gigabyte Gaming G1 GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, taking into account the altered designed of the board compared to Nvidia's standard reference design. EK claims it has worked to ensure maximum performance from the new block, which contacts the GPU, RAM and voltage regulation modules (VRM) to reduce overall temperatures and increase stability while overclocking.

Like its existing full-cover water blocks, the EK-FC970 GTX WF3 boasts a central inlet split-flow design allowing for water to flow in either direction without adversely affecting performance. Further, the company makes the claim that its design accommodates even weaker pumps thanks to high hydraulic performance. For those who have picked up all-in-one units which have the ability to extend the loop post-purchase, that could potentially spell a relatively cheap upgrade.

The block is being produced in two variants: the first features a POM acetal upper while the second uses acrylic. Both variants use a nickel-plated copper base and feature pre-installed brass stand-offs and FC terminal connectivity. Back-plates are not provided, but are being made available as an optional extra in black or nickel finishes with the promise of additional cooling for the RAM modules on the card's rear.

UK pricing and availability for the blocks has yet to be confirmed, with EK Water Blocks setting a European recommended retail price of €109.95 for either model of block and €29.95 for the black or €37.95 for the nickel back-plates (around £87, £24 and £30 respectively.) The blocks are available now, with the back-plates due to launch early this month. More details are available on the official website.
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