The all-in-one liquid-cooling package first teased by EK Water Blocks at Quakecon last month is now official, and is set to launch later this year - but for Intel users only.
Teased at Quakecon
, the EK Predator family is the company's first range of all-in-one liquid cooling systems. To launch in 240mm and 360mm variants, both of which come bundled with the company's high static pressure PWM-controlled Vardar fans, the company is hoping to bridge the gap between sealed-loop kits and truly custom loops with a pre-filled and pre-assembled AIO bundle that can nevertheless be upgraded in the future.
Both models in the range have a wealth of features EK wants to highlight, starting with what it calls 'Hovercore' - a radiator dampener designed to prevent the transfer of pump vibrations into the chassis. This is linked through G1/4 threaded ports to 10/16mm rubber tubing to a Supremacy MX water block featuring a mirror-finish copper base, while the radiator itself boasts a full copper core. All this is powered by a 6W DDC pump, which the company claims offers up to three times the flow rate of rival AIO systems - an increase which will be required to take advantage of the custom-loop option.
Exclusive to the 360mm Predator is a pair of quick-disconnects in one of the tubes, allowing for the integration of additional hardware in the loop without having to drain the system. While technically compatible with third-party add-ons, EK has indicated that it indents to offer a range of pre-filled QDC-enabled GPU water blocks when the Predator hits the market later this year.
EK has confirmed that the smaller Predator 240 will launch first, arriving on the 23rd of September priced at €199; the larger Predator 360 will hit shelves on the 19th of October, priced at €239. Unusually, these will be exclusive to Intel processors; an AMD-compatible variant will follow, EK has explained, some time in 2016.
EK is to open pre-orders for both models of Predator at the official website
on the 23rd of August.