EK waterblocks are pretty chill with MSI and Asus mobos

Owners of Asus and MSI motherboards may be envious of the integrated CPU-and-motherboard waterblock on Asus' range-topping ROG Maximus Extreme IX. Those people can now add a smug smile to their faces and waterblocks to their motherboards, thanks to the Slovenian water-cooling fanatics at EK Waterblocks. There are two models on offer, each compatible with a handful of MSI or Asus motherboards. EK says the blocks will fit nicely no matter whether they're placed atop Skylake or Kaby Lake CPUs.

Both types of block are made from nickel-plated copper with an RGB LED-illuminated transparent acetal top. EK says the blocks are designed for high flow, and will work well even with weaker pumps. The MSI model's illumination is compatible with Mystic Light Sync and the Asus model's lighting works with Aura Sync.

The EK-FB Asus Z270E Strix RGB Monoblock fits these Asus mobos:

Meanwhile, the EK-FB MSI Z270 Gaming Monoblock RGB fits the following MSI models:

The waterblocks for MSI and Asus boards are available for purchase now from EK's web store for $137, though both models are listed as "Ready for Assembly," seemingly implying at least a short wait time.

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    • cynan
    • 3 years ago

    Motherboard-specific CPU coolers? When (and why) did that happen? Why would you want to limit your CPU cooler to a specific brand/model of motherboard? For some debatably improved asthetics?

    What’s next? ATX PSUs that are designed to only fit in like 5 specific ATX cases? And we should buy these because they have coordinated flashing lights?

      • Goty
      • 3 years ago

      Monoblocks have been a thing for quite a while . People buy them because you can achieve cooling of both the CPU and power delivery circuitry with a single block. Doing so with multiple blocks is a bit of a pain and the monoblock looks better to some.

        • cynan
        • 3 years ago

        Ah… So VRM is what is meant by a “motherhboard”. Well, that makes more sense 😉

        But I’ll be really impressed when they come out with a CPU-GPU monoblock.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    I wonder who paid who to get the logos on these blocks, and how ridiculous the profit margins must be on these products made for a vanishingly tiny market demographic….

    • Waco
    • 3 years ago

    I just can’t give EK my money after their corrosion issues and fake science to justify not honoring warranty service.

      • TwistedKestrel
      • 3 years ago

      Woah, I missed this one – what happened?

        • Waco
        • 3 years ago

        It was a while back, but I can’t forgive them. Most of the original links are gone, but here’s a press blurb (after they realized they couldn’t lie to the entire community) and their “scientific” report:

        [url<]https://www.techpowerup.com/147407/ekwb-halts-nickel-plated-water-block-production[/url<] [url<]https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-images/Corrosion_Report_Final.pdf[/url<] The report itself is most damning, since it contains the following as the conclusion: [quote="EKWB"<]Corrosion can be avoided by the use of a low-conducting, anti-corrosion liquid (which, in principle, is also distilled or deionized water). It is recommended to exchange the liquid with a fresh one after a period of time to remove the possibly dissolved ions from the closed water-cooling system. The introduction of additional metals into the system (silver, etc.) or the use of ionic algaecides (copper sulfate, etc.) even in minor concentrations can trigger the corrosion processes. Avoid the use of acidic substances, especially when using copper metal. [/quote<]

      • Goty
      • 3 years ago

      “Fake science?” As in a white paper produced by a well-respected research institution? Are there rebuttals to the conclusions reached in the paper from other qualified materials scientists out there?

        • Waco
        • 3 years ago

        There were, but the source forum that held the discussion and results is no longer alive.

        Additionally, EK admitted after much hand-wringing that their plating was sub-par and the source of all the corrosion problems people were having. I believe they ended up honoring their warranty terms for everyone affected, but that was after they got called on their BS.

        On principle I won’t give them my money. I wish there was a record of the RRTech forum discussions on this, they were a very interesting read.

        EDIT: Wayback Machine for the win! [url<]https://web.archive.org/web/20110718070516/http://www.realredraider.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=47917[/url<]

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