Cover up your RX Vega with an EK full-coverage waterblock

AMD's forthcoming Radeon RX Vega will be launching in both air-cooled and liquid-cooled versions. The truly hardcore liquid-cooling fans won't want to mess around with the AIO cooler AMD will be including, though. Patching their fancy new Radeon into their custom loop means they'll need a custom waterblock. Fortunately, EK is ready to oblige with the EK-FC Radeon Vega.

The new slab is a full-coverage waterblock for reference-design Radeon RX Vega cards. The block makes use of all of EK's water-cooling expertise, from its electrolytic copper baseplate to its reversible cooling engine design that can be run backward if need be. Vega owners will be able to choose from black acrylic or clear Acetal for the front side of the block, and either nickel-plated or bare copper for the baseplate.

If you're a liquid-cooling lunatic who's been waiting for Vega all this time, you can go ahead and pre-order your waterblock(s) from EK. Either version with black acrylic or clear Acetal for the face and bare copper baseplate goes for €110 (or $130), while either nickel-plated version will run you €120 (about $142). EK is also offering up "aesthetic retention backplates" too, at €30 ($36) for a black plate or €38 ($45) for a nickel-plated one.

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    • Mr Bill
    • 2 years ago

    You know what would look cool? You put a dye in the water that is fluorescent in response to UV light but decays fairly rapidly. Have an UV LED shine in to part of the flow (probably need a quartz window) just before it enters the heatsink. That will make threads of fluorescent flow lines that you can watch mixing as it goes through the heatsink.

      • blahsaysblah
      • 2 years ago

      last i read, no one has solved the pollutant problem. all the colors,… stuff will at best require you to clean out your system semi often and at worst, clog/destroy your build over time.

      • freebird
      • 2 years ago

      I’m still waiting for the Code Red coolant and system with a mentos dispenser as the temperature rises… of course it would also need a exhaust vent coming out at the top…the acrylic see-through window would also be a requirement.

    • deruberhanyok
    • 2 years ago

    Wait, you can now pre-order a waterblock for a GPU that hasn’t been released?

    I think we’ve gone right past ludicrous all the way to pre-order plaid.

    Pretty waterblock though. I love looking at watercooled setups.

    • Prestige Worldwide
    • 2 years ago

    I’d sooner cover it in a paper bag huehuehuehue

      • CuttinHobo
      • 2 years ago

      To quote the great Sean Connery:

      That’s the way your mother likes it.

    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    Wow. Lots of empty board past the slot.

      • SkyWarrior
      • 2 years ago

      All because we have cases with transparent/plexi/glass/etc.. side panels…

      • cynan
      • 2 years ago

      The extended PCB serves to support the HSF needed to cope with Vega’s TDP.

      What doesn’t seem to be necessary is for the plexiglass on the the water block to extend all the way to end of the PCB. But then I suppose it wouldn’t really be a “full cover” water block otherwise and EK wouldn’t be able to charge as much for it..

        • spugm1r3
        • 2 years ago

        It would look ridiculous with two inches of uncovered PCB hanging out the ass-end of the block. “Full coverage” moniker, or not, EK doesn’t make money selling things that are not aesthetically pleasing.

          • Waco
          • 2 years ago

          I think it would look far more functional. “Full cover”, at least in the past, simply implied it cooled all necessary components.

            • juzz86
            • 2 years ago

            They also need something to bolt their backplate into.

        • freebird
        • 2 years ago

        I personally appreciate that if I purchased it; I wouldn’t have to worry that a circuit or tiny chip “not covered” by the water block could get easily damaged during install/removal or otherwise by not being protected by something.

      • Voldenuit
      • 2 years ago

      That’s because blower coolers need space for the squirrel cage fan, which is also a cooling dead-spot.

      Sometimes we get short PCBs with no board below the fan, but that also leads to issues like PEG power placement.

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    It seems silly to post all these VEGA variants and accessories without a review.

      • moose17145
      • 2 years ago

      I don’t think you understand how the “News” section of tech sites work…

      They post news and product releases in this section of the website. They are not required to review it in order to say “Hey, this is getting released. If you are interested you can buy it here.”

      Case in point… I never saw a review for the piece of garbage that is the Apple Watch. They still reported that it was released and that if you are interested in it, what it costs and where to purchase. That is why this is the “News” section.

      Or do you want them review every single product they put in the news section?

        • Kretschmer
        • 2 years ago

        I’m not asking for a review of every Vega item. I’m just saying that it’s odd that everything is unveiled and AMD still won’t lift the review embargo.

          • tay
          • 2 years ago

          Just enjoy the remaining week of “Wait for Vega”. It’ll be here before you know it.
          (•_•) / ( •_•)>⌐■-■ / (⌐■_■)

          • Kougar
          • 2 years ago

          AMD has spent the last year discussing Vega, not like they are going to stop now.

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