EKWB has a full-coverage water block ready for the RX 480

If the reference cooler on your Radeon RX 480 isn't performing up to expectations, EK Waterblocks is ready with a solution, as it usually is. The company teased a full-coverage water block for the card on its Facebook page yesterday.

The RX 480 block will be available with the full range of EK finishes: in bare or nickel-plated copper with a clear or black-Acetal cover on top. The company says it expects the block to run "somewhere around 100€, hopefully less" on Facebook. The blocks should be available in "about a week." Given that cooler transistors are usually happier transistors, we're curious to see what kind of performance tweakers putting the RX 480 under water can extract.

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    • Anonymous Coward
    • 4 years ago

    Would be interesting to see how many watts the power usage would drop simply from running at a lower temperature.

    • DrDominodog51
    • 4 years ago

    I would wait for third party boards. The 480 really seems it could benefit from an 8 pin connector.

    • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
    • 4 years ago

    Looks to me like the VRMs are completely closed off from airflow and not in contact with the the heat spreader. Wouldn’t be surprised if they ran uncomfortably hot.

      • kalelovil
      • 4 years ago

      The actual VRMs are under the copper path and fluid path (the left-most part). The visible parts which aren’t cooled are the chokes and capacitors.
      [url<]http://hexus.net/media/uploaded/2016/6/23a9ee96-f8a1-42b3-95a0-f445ac5dba02.png[/url<]

    • rahulahl
    • 4 years ago

    At a 100€ cost, wouldn’t the buyers just buy a 1070 instead?

      • CScottG
      • 4 years ago

      Yup. It makes absolutely no sense.

      On top of that the reference design the block is intended for has problems with pulling to much power from the m-board, so overclocking in general is just not available.

      It’s just EK trying to cash-in on some of the current hype.

      I should note that the GPU itself seems eminently overclockable – it just needs a better board design (power specifically) with an 8 pin connector (assuming that’s possible). Presumably MSI, Gigabyte, etc.. will have a few cards that meet this requirement at some point. Even then though, you have to factor-in the value vs. performance of a nice water block vs a video card upgrade to the 1070 (..or maybe even the 1060 (6 GB) when it becomes available).

      • Kougar
      • 4 years ago

      Was just about to say this! A 1070 on air at stock clocks for 80% more performance makes more sense than a heavily OC’d 480 that still won’t come close.

      The block does look pretty though.

      • strangerguy
      • 4 years ago

      But-but-but why would you want a 50+% faster 1070 when you can play amazing AMD-exclusive games with this 100€ cooler like:

      -OC TDP going through the roof with awful clocking headroom to boot
      -Mediocre at best stock TDP ratings all around
      -Questionable 6-pin power connector overloading
      -VERY questionable PCIE connector overloading
      -Potential coolant leaks
      -Pump/reservoir/batteries not included

      • Vaughn
      • 4 years ago

      The lowest price I can find for a 1070 in canada is $600.

      The 480 is $369 CAD.

      So the $100 difference does not even get you close to 1070 in Canada!

        • CScottG
        • 4 years ago

        I think the mindset is to wait until retail prices are stable regardless (..though this would include any added fees you get in Canada due to various factors that aren’t related to price-gouging).

        That 1070 is about $110 Canadian dollars too expensive, and the 480 RX 8 GB is about $60 too expensive.

        At any rate:

        The water cooler’s conversion price (with out import fees, etc.) is $144 Canadian dollars.

        So $144 + $369 = $513 + the water loop itself (..assuming you don’t already have that).

        Assuming you do have the water loop already, the superior card (1070) is an almost 15% premium – not unreasonable IMO and it can be overclocked on air without killing your motherboard. (..though the current prices on both cards are unreasonable.)

        -basically wait until the prices hit their retail level or lower and forget water-cooling a middling card with power issues in hopes of getting a value-boost in performance.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 4 years ago

      Many people who liquid cool don’t act rationally. Many have parts for the rest of the loop, so to them it’s easy to “justify” a block for a new GPU, even if the performance increases are marginal.

        • Kougar
        • 4 years ago

        As a long time watercooler it isn’t about increasing hardware performance, it’s primarily about acoustics with the extra OC and hardware longevity being bonuses. I’ve run GPUs under sustained F@H loads 24/7 and so far never had one fail yet. One of them being a GTX 480 FTW that’s six years old and still folding.

        Still neither of which justifies buying one of these watercooled 480’s at nearly 1070 prices. Just buy the 1070 now and a block down the road if it absolutely must be a watercooled card.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t get full-contact custom water blocks for midrange video cards.

      • Vhalidictes
      • 4 years ago

      It would normally not be that much of a waste for overclocking on a budget.

      Reference RX 480’s though, are at the absolute wattage limit at stock clocks. While it’s a much better cooling solution there shouldn’t be any performance benefit.

      For non-reference 8-pin power cards it could help a lot, though.

        • Vaughn
        • 4 years ago

        And you know all of this how?

        • pivot.enabled
        • 4 years ago

        8 pin power cards will be coming along shortly.

      • tsk
      • 4 years ago

      Yes you do, you just didn’t think it fully through yet.

      • DrCR
      • 4 years ago

      IMHO it makes sense for the very few who have $400+ WCing setups — not tying in the video card would be a waste in that scenario.

      For a CPU, I’ve even at times spent more on the cooling than on the CPU I was cooling, as crazy as that may sound to some.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 years ago

        Who drops that kind of coin on a cooling system and then wimps out on the GPU? Go big or go home, son!

          • DrCR
          • 4 years ago

          Old school overclocking my friend. Twas a different era not to long ago.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 4 years ago

            That would make sense if Polaris want already maxed out on power delivery. Will this fit cards with custom designs that can bring in more power and maybe overclock better? Guess we’ll wait and see.

            • DrCR
            • 4 years ago

            Most here would simply wait for the custom designs, sure, but from a WC company’s perspective, it would make sense for them to make a waterblock for this considering not just the first adopters but that this is a reference design.

          • tsk
          • 4 years ago

          More people than you would know, but I realize you are not well updated on the current WC/modding community.
          Rathern than questioning the existence of products like this, I think it’s nice that EK makes them for people who might want it. 🙂

      • ImSpartacus
      • 4 years ago

      No one understands that.

      The only way that I can rationalize it on the 480 is that it’s technically the top Polaris card, so maybe AMD fanboys might pick this up? Otherwise, you just shut up and get a 1070 if you actually care about performance.

      • DragonDaddyBear
      • 4 years ago

      If you had an older rig with a serviceable CPU and a big WC setup, but you finally, say, got married and had kids and some how manage to find time to play games at night but became GPU limited this might make sense. (Holy run on sentence, Batman!)

      I went from a 8800 GTS with aQ6600 (I think) back in the day to an AMD 4770 (I think) and didn’t want to take out the GPU from my loop. All I played was WoW 2 nights a week and a few other games. The GPU became a limiting factor after 3-4 years but the CPU was OCed and still good. It’s not a common scenario but it can happen.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 years ago

        I’m sure all four people on earth your talking about are thrilled, but it’s a tiny market.

        Whatever, they apparently make money on this stuff so there’s a market, however tiny, and they are addressing it. Good for those folks. But I’m not going to pretend that the fanatic niche du jour is representative of even a bigger niche, let alone the market.

      • spanner
      • 4 years ago

      Makes some sense for SFF builders. The 480 is not too far behind the R9 Nano at stock clocks across most titles, and this block makes it a 7 inch single slot card. Depending on where you’re buying you’d save a fair bit going for 480 + this block vs a Nano + custom block for that card. It is marginally longer than the Nano however.

      Definitely adds an interesting option to the equation (and the 1060 might add another once we know more about that card).

        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 years ago

        Given the size of many “SFF” cases, I guess you have a point. Despite its short size, a water-cooled RX 480 still needs the whole loop. Something like a Corsair Graphite 380T is as big as some mATX cases.

    • TwistedKestrel
    • 4 years ago

    Wow. At least it [i<]looks[/i<] expensive

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