EKWB's New Aluminum RGB Water Block Cools AMD Radeon RX 5700, RX 5700 XT Graphics Cards

(Image credit: EKWB Fluid Gaming)

EKWB, a Slovenian water-cooling products vendor, makes GPU blocks for almost every graphics card that comes out, besides those on the low-end. So it's no surprise that the company's now unleashed its D-RGB water block for the AMD's Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT graphics cards. The water blocks come as part of the Fluid Gaming lineup – a slightly more value-oriented lineup of custom water-cooling parts.

The EK-AC Radeon RX 5700 +XT D-RGB GPU block fits on reference versions of both graphics cards and has addressable RGB lighting, which is controllable through the hosting motherboard’s RGB software.

The cooling part of the water block is made from aluminum, which helps prevent corrosion. It covers the GPU itself, the 8GB of GDDR6 memory and, of course, the VRM circuitry. The cover is made of transparent acrylic and covers the entire graphics card for a nice, clean look. The transparent cover also helps the RGB lighting pop. It's a nice detail, especially at this price point. 

EKWB also includes a matte black backplate with the unit – an accessory which (albeit in higher quality for their main line of parts) would otherwise cost about $40 extra.

The unit is available for pre-order immediately for a price tag of $134.19 and ships October 23. Unless you’re into really heavy overclocking (and even if you are somewhat into it), we reckon this water block would be the unit to go for over the more expensive EK-Vector alternative, which comes with a nickel-plated copper cooling plate instead of aluminum. The RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT are great cards, but based on our testing they don’t call for the absolute best in liquid cooling gear. We suspect the aluminum plate here will do just fine.

Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • Newtonius
  • hannibal
    For me water block is meaningfull way of improving the absolutely biggest flagships... the aircooler is enough for 5700xt... but if there would be big Navi that would suck more than twice the amounth of electricity compared to 5700 Xt... well then waterblock could be really usefull!
  • DotNetMaster777
    Nice to find what was lost in the past cheaper Water Cooling Block !
  • digitalgriffin
    Bykski has the copper version with nickle plate finish for $88...and comes with rgb/argb flavors.
  • g-unit1111