EK-Kit S140 and S280 make liquid cooling simple

So you're interested in liquid cooling, but maybe closed-loop units are too limiting for you. You want to jump straight into a custom-loop liquid cooler. That's a big jump, though—there's a huge number of parts to peruse, and picking the right stuff for your rig is a daunting task. If this is the situation you're in, EKWB has the solution: water-cooling kits with preselected parts. The new EK-Kit S140 and S280 Slim Series kits are identical save for the larger radiator and extra fan on the S280.

EK-KIT S280. Picture this with one fan and you've got the S140.

Just a week after releasing the Coolstream Slim radiators, EK has assembled them into complete water-cooling kits including a reservoir-and-pump unit, a radiator, a waterblock, and all the necessary tubing and accessories. The kits are intended for first-time builders, so they come with step-by-step instructions for installation. The waterblock in the kits is an EK-Supremacy MX model that will fit nearly every desktop CPU released in the last 10 years, except for a Ryzen Threadripper. You also get one or two of EK's Vardar Evo 140-mm fans, depending on the kit model.

The reservoir-and-pump combo is an EK-Xres 100 SPC MX PWM unit. The last bit of that alphabet soup means that the pump can take a PWM speed control signal from a motherboard fan or pump header. The fittings and PVC tubing are EK's own, as is the coolant concentrate, ensuring all the bits are guaranteed to fit and work together.

EK is already selling the EK-Kit S140 and S280 Slim Series kits on its web shop. You can pick up the 140-mm vesion for $232 or the 280-mm model for $269.

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    • Voldenuit
    • 2 years ago

    I got my Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240 CLC for $65 on sale recently, cooling a 4790K. I doubt I’d need anything beefier unless I was overclocking Skylake-X .

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    What are EK fans like (noise & performance)?

    The seem to have absolutely massive fan hubs (so huge amount of deadzone in those slim radiators) and IIRC the article on these radiators last week implied a very high fin density that would need high static pressure fans to get the best results from. The relatively large gaps between vanes on those fans implies that they’re not particularly high static pressure models.

      • tsk
      • 2 years ago

      They are excellent in both noise and performance, very good build quality.

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        Worth knowing. Do they sell them separately?

        I have no use for their radiators but I am always on the hunt for good quality high SP fans.

        I’m using [url=http://eu.coolermaster.com/uk/cooling/case-fan/silencio-fp-120-pwm/<]these[/url<] as my go-to for restrictively-filtered intakes in the dusty workshop environments but having more options available is never a bad thing.

          • tsk
          • 2 years ago

          Yep, you can buy them at their website.
          [url<]https://www.ekwb.com/shop/radiators-fans/fans[/url<]

      • Goty
      • 2 years ago

      I agree with tsk’s comment that they’re generally very well regarded among the water cooling community. They do exhibit a low frequency “hum” that some find to be slightly annoying, but that’s definitely a personal preference sort of thing.

    • mudcore
    • 2 years ago

    EK really need to decide on a singular route to the appeal to budget buyers and stick with it. Having multiple kits with the same effective marketing strategy is a bad idea. Made worse when the kits are not compatible together i.e. the copper based kits like this one vs the aluminum Fluid Gaming kit. They’re causing confusion to beginner buyers, and that’s the quickest way to get those people to go buy some AIO solution.

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