EKWB Launches EK Fluid Gaming A240R Kit: Full-Cover Vega GPU Cooling & Supremacy AX CPU Blockby Joe Shields on December 7, 2017 5:00 PM EST
EKWB is launching a new liquid cooling kit designed to support AMD Radeon RX Vega based video cards, which the company is dubbing the EK Fluid Gaming A240R kit. The kit includes the EK-AC Radeon Vega full-cover block, the Supremacy AX CPU block, the Alustream SE 240 radiator, as well as the Vardar 120 series of fans. Though we have seen similar kits before from the Fluid gaming line, the EK-A240G, this is EK’s first kit engineered to support AMD Vega video cards and is an easier way to jump into custom liquid cooling without the hassle of finding all the parts needed.
The Fluid Gaming A240R kit’s star of the show is the EK-AC Radeon Vega full-cover water block. Designed with AMD, the water block directly cools the GPU, HBM2 memory, as well as the VRM with water flowing directly over those critical parts. The block itself is made out of aluminum while the outside is black and has the Radeon Vega name and symbol on it. Capping off its overall aesthetic is a matte black brushed aluminum backplate giving the whole thing a clean look. EK says the EK-AC Radeon Vega block will fit all reference Radeon Vega Front Edition, RX Vega 64, and RX Vega 56 graphics cards. As always, check the EK Cooling Configurator to ensure compatibility.
The kit also comes with the EK-Supremacy AC water block featuring a black brushed aluminum faceplate which should blend in with most other hardware, just as the EK-AC Radeon Vega block above. It is a universal water block that EK says fits all modern AMD and Intel CPUs. The cold-plate is made from die casted aluminum alloy and uses a micro-channel fin structure to get heat away from the CPU underneath. It comes with standard G 1/4” ports and comes with a pre-assembled tool-less mounting mechanism designed for easy installation.
The EK- Alustream SE 240 radiator is matte black in color matching the other parts in the kit and comes in at a slim 27.5mm thick. EKWB says it has dense aluminum fins and is optimized for maximum heat dissipation across the range of the included Vardar fans. Also included in the kit are all the fittings (EK compression fittings), tubing, and coolant (EK Cryofuel) to get started. Users do need to be aware there is aluminum in this loop and should take heed of this when expanding and introducing a mixed metal situation. EK does go over this HERE saying the purpose made coolant contains all the needed chemicals to protect the parts from corrosion and biological growth.
The EK Fluid Gaming A240R kit and EK-AC Radeon Vega full-cover water block are currently available for pre-order through the EK Fluid Gaming web-shop. Pre-orders will start shipping Friday, December 8th.
|EKWB Fluid Gaming A240R|
|Name||MSRP (inc. VAT)|
|EK Fluid Gaming A240R||249.95€ / $239.99|
|EK-AC Radeon Vega||89.95€ / $89.99|
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LordanSS - Thursday, December 7, 2017 - linkWell... aluminum... =(
Should still perform better than the air cooler but... this is more about "looks" than performance, I guess.
Wonder if they have that GPU block with a copper plate?
Lord of the Bored - Friday, December 8, 2017 - linkAluminum isn't THAT much worse than copper. I'd say it is more about performance on a budget.
I still feel the biggest problem with these kits is that they are entry-level kits targeted at water-cooling newbies. The exact same people that don't know mixing copper and aluminum is a bad idea, and the people most likely to buy a copper accessory later on down the line.
extide - Friday, December 8, 2017 - linkAs long as you use proper coolant there is no problem with mixing different metals, and EK says the included coolant does so. Plenty of different metals in a car's cooling system and they run fine for decades.
BurntMyBacon - Friday, December 8, 2017 - linkMixing of certain metals doesn't present an issue given proper coolant. For instance copper, nickle, and brass can be used in a properly maintained loop without ill effect. However, having seen first hand many times the effects of galvanization in a mixed aluminum and copper loop despite the use of "proper" coolant, I can disprove your generically applicable statement (for aluminum/copper loops) by counterexample. Loops that I've replaced using several different coolants that claim to inhibit this effect (including EK coolant) all expressed the same galvanic corrosion damage to the aluminum parts. My clients heard statements similar to your and thought it would be fine. As my clients learned the hard way, having a "proper" coolant won't protect you. But you don't have to take my word on it. Here is what EK has to say about it:
A few excerpts:
The rate of corrosion can be reduced almost to a halt by not mixing metals that are far away from each other on the Galvanic Series Chart AND by using anti-corrosive additives in coolants.
Bottom line, the horror stories you have heard about aluminum and corrosion will only occur in real life if you have mixed aluminum and copper or brass (or nickel plated version of both) parts in the same liquid cooling loop.
There are warning labels on all EK Fluid Gaming water blocks that warn the user about mixing liquid cooling parts. There is a big warning label when you open the kit box. There is also a label on your car which tells you which type of fuel it uses… and we still have people occasionally pouring petrol in their diesel cars. There is only so much we can do to educate and warn the users about the consequences of mixing different metal-based cooling parts.
Please don’t hesitate to share this blog post so that more people can learn about the issues that can occur if you don’t follow this simple rule: Don’t mix aluminum and copper (or brass) based liquid cooling products!
Foeketijn - Monday, December 11, 2017 - linkIf the system is airtight. Yes, all the oxygen in the liquid will bond with the highest reductor (if I remember correctly). And it will do so with more enthusiasm if there is a noble metal electronically connected. But if no extra oxygen is added, the corrosion will stop. That's also why you shouldn't open your car's coolant tank. If you have a small leak and want to refill ones and a while, you're slowly eating all the aluminium parts away. And have a bad time.