Cooling

EK Unveils Vector Water Blocks for Aorus Master 6000 Series GPUs

Today, EKWB unveiled the EK-Quantum Vector Master water blocks for Gigabytes Aorus Master RX 6800XT and RX 6900XT Graphics cards. They feature a nickel-plated electrolytic copper cooling plate and are available in either clear acrylic or a solid black POM acetal. Currently, these are only available in Slovenia and Europe as a pre-order but should hit the rest of the world shortly. Pricing for the Acetal version is $195 while the Acrylic model is $200. Additionally, EKWB is selling aluminum backplates separately for these water blocks and are available in anodized black or nickel-plated. See below for EKWB’s press release. Read More

Cooling

MSI and EKWB Announce MSI MPG CARBON Z590 EK X Motherboard

MSI and EKWB have joined forces once again announcing the second generation MSI MPG CARBON Z590 EK X motherboard (We first reported the Z490 version back in June).  The new board, an MPG Carbon Z590) is based on the Z590 chipset supporting PCIe 4.0 natively (with a Rocket Lake based CPU), Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.2. Pricing is listed as $499 and will be available for pre-order on 2/22 from the EK Webshop and MSI’s worldwide retailer network. Below are is the press release showing off several of its features. Read More

Cooling

EKWB Launches EK-AIO 280 D-RGB All-In-One CPU Cooler

EKWB recently announced the launch of its latest All-In-One CPU cooler, the EK-AIO 280 D-RGB. Powered by an integrated SPC style pump, it features a 27 mm thick 280 mm long radiator and a pair of 140 mm D-RGB Vardar S fans.  The water block utilizes a copper cold plate with dense fins and a frosted acrylic top with RGBs underneath for light dispersion. Pre-ordering is available now with shipping expected in the second half of February. The retail price is set at $135 with free shipping to the United States. Here is EK’s press release. Read More

Cooling

EK is Officially Introducing its EK-Pro Professional Lineup of Products

During CES earlier this year, EK hinted at a new lineup of products made specifically for professionals. Today, they introduced the EK Professional Line that includes the EK-Pro Manifold and the EK-Pro Quick Disconnect kits. The EK-Pro Manifold features the capability to cool up to 2 CPUs and 4 GPUs, industrial materials, and a no-frills approach by excluding RGB. The EK-Pro Quick Disconnect kits tout an easy installation to transform an existing water block into a powerful machine. There is definitely more to come from this lineup, including workstation GPU waterblocks. Read More

Cooling

Coolers for the Intel i7 Broadwell-E

Intel is bringing out its Intel i7 Broadwell-E. What coolers and heatsinks should you use for one of these beasts? The Intel i7 is a Broadwell-E on a 14nm process, with a TDP of 140 watts. The chip will arrive with options for 10, 8 or 6 cores. Joe Shields (earthdog) has done a review of one of the Broadwell-E chips and associated motherboard. This summary will review some of the coolers you should consider for your new chip. Read More

Cooling

EKWB GIGABYTE GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming Full Cover Waterblock Review

EKWB has released a lot of great cooling solutions, be it, CPU blocks, GPU blocks, parts for a loop, or entire custom loop kits. We reviewed the full cover block EK made for the 295×2 previously and with good results in our loop. Today we are going to look at another high-performance full cover water block made especially for Gigabyte’s monster GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming card. The EK-FC980 GTX Ti XG reviewed here actively cools the RAM, GPU, and VRM’s with water flowing directly over top of them. If its anything like the results we saw before, things are are going to get a lot cooler around here! Read More

Motherboards

ASUS Z170 ROG Maximus VIII Formula Motherboard Review

In a change of pace from my previous reviews, today we will take a look at a high-end gaming board from ASUS, the Maximus VIII Formula. The Formula is pegged as the flagship gaming board in their product stack. Not only does it have gaming centric features, the design theme is also agnostic and will fit in perfect with any theme or color scheme. Missing are the colored logos, heatsinks, and shrouds, replaced with a basic black motherboard with grey/silver heatsinks and shrouds. A monochromatic look.

One of the unique features is the integration of their Aura software and a header on the board to control your external RGB LED lighting strips. The board also has its own RGB LED lighting (28 LEDs in total) controlled by the same software. Outside of that, there is an integrated waterblock to keep the VRMs cool. Let’s dig in and see what else the board has to offer! Read More