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EKWB Water Block Covers CPU, VRM on Asus Rampage IV Black

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EKWB has built a new full-cover motherboard water block.

EKWB has announced its second ever all-in-one water block for a motherboard. It covers not only the motherboard's chipset and VRM circuitry, but also the installed CPU. While the previous water block of this type was for Asus' Maximus VI Impact, which is a tiny Mini-ITX motherboard, this block is for a motherboard on the other end of the high-end spectrum; it is for the Asus Rampage IV Black Edition. It'll be called the EK-FB ASUS R4BE Monoblock.

"After success with the EK-FB ASUS M6I, our first AIO water block for mITX form factor motherboard, we decided to try this approach on a full ATX size motherboard," said Niko Tivadar, EK-FB ASUS R4BE Monoblock main designer and product manager of EKWB. "ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition motherboard was an obvious choice. R4BE Monoblock provides sleek design with only two in- and out- water ports which greatly improves the functionality and reliability of the unit by removing the need to connect three separate water blocks with awkward 90° elbow fitting adapters."

As previously mentioned, the block covers all the critical heat-generating components on the motherboard, as well as the CPU. The block also has a high-flow design, meaning that it does not have a high hydraulic restriction, allowing it to be used in systems with weaker pumps or in longer, more complex loops with ease.

The water block will be sold in four different versions: two Acetal covered versions, one that has the original CSQ design; and two Plexiglas covered versions, again one that has the original CSQ design. All of the blocks are nickel-plated to protect against corrosion that would otherwise affect the bare copper block. Pricing for the blocks ranges from $225.98 to $232.93, with the units available immediately.

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    icraft , May 16, 2014 4:21 PM
    What kind of heat do they expect to take out of that? Wow.
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    wurkfur , May 16, 2014 4:21 PM
    This and a R9 295X would have almost every heat source pumped outside of the case. Pretty ideal.
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    BranFlake5 , May 17, 2014 5:15 PM
    I'll be honest, it looks sexy, but I usually build with a radiator between the CPU and Chipset because those are the two hottest components (Besides the GPUs)

    BTW, here's a description of my usual setups-Please critique it!
    Reservoir>Pump(s)>Chipset>120mm Rear Rad>CPU>240mm Front Rad>GPUs(3)>360mm Top Rad
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    Bondfc11 , May 19, 2014 7:49 AM
    Very cool. Seriously - I love it.
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    WyomingKnott , May 20, 2014 11:56 AM
    Holy poop! My birthday is in the first week in June; please send me one.
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    scook9 , May 22, 2014 11:30 AM
    Quote:
    I'll be honest, it looks sexy, but I usually build with a radiator between the CPU and Chipset because those are the two hottest components (Besides the GPUs)

    BTW, here's a description of my usual setups-Please critique it!
    Reservoir>Pump(s)>Chipset>120mm Rear Rad>CPU>240mm Front Rad>GPUs(3)>360mm Top Rad


    Loop order is largely irrelevant due to the speed at which water is circulating through your loop it is not spending any meaningful amount of time at any single component. You are best off just building your loop to be as short as possible and do not use unnecessary tubing since it adds flow restriction. That makes an item like this nice since VRM cooling is often a pain to fit into a loop and still have it look neat and clean.
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    BranFlake5 , May 22, 2014 8:02 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    I'll be honest, it looks sexy, but I usually build with a radiator between the CPU and Chipset because those are the two hottest components (Besides the GPUs)

    BTW, here's a description of my usual setups-Please critique it!
    Reservoir>Pump(s)>Chipset>120mm Rear Rad>CPU>240mm Front Rad>GPUs(3)>360mm Top Rad


    Loop order is largely irrelevant due to the speed at which water is circulating through your loop it is not spending any meaningful amount of time at any single component. You are best off just building your loop to be as short as possible and do not use unnecessary tubing since it adds flow restriction. That makes an item like this nice since VRM cooling is often a pain to fit into a loop and still have it look neat and clean.


    Thanks for clarifying that mate!