EK Enters Boutique PCs Market With Fluid Gaming Systems

Water cooling expert EK announced its entrance into the boutique PC market with its new Fluid Gaming pre-built systems, which feature AMD Ryzen 2000-series processors and Nvidia GTX 1000-series graphics cards. All systems also employ EK Fluid Gaming water cooling.

EK launched its Fluid Gaming line of water cooling parts in mid-2017. Created as a lower-cost alternative to EK’s traditional offerings, the Fluid Gaming line consists entirely of aluminum components. Because mixing aluminum and copper parts in a water loop can lead to corrosion, Fluid Gaming parts are only compatible with each other. However, the overall system does prove to be both effective and cheap.

The Fluid Gaming water cooling system has now been taken to the next level with the new Fluid Gaming… gaming systems. EK launched a line of pre-built systems, which are also customizable, that come by default with Fluid Gaming-based water cooling for the processor and graphics cards. The idea is that buyers don’t have to choose their cooling solution; they only choose their hardware options. The price of the water cooling components associated with each hardware option is reflected in its price. All hardware configurations use two radiators (240mm + 120mm) and one pump in the water loop, but the number of water blocks depends on the graphics card configuration. The only things buyers can customize on the cooling system are the color of the compression fittings and the coolant.

Let’s take a look at the hardware EK has on offer. Housing all Fluid Gaming systems is a custom-painted In Win 101C that has the system’s serial number laser-etched on the glass side-panel. As mentioned earlier, EK’s systems are exclusively powered by AMD processors and Nvidia graphics. For the first, buyers can choose between the Ryzen 5 2600 and the Ryzen 7 2700X. These are paired with motherboard options that include MSI ATX B350 and X470 boards. On the graphics front, things start at a single GTX 1060 and end at dual GTX 1080s. EK opts for EVGA Supernova PSUs, G.Skill Trident Z RGB memory, Samsung 960 EVO M.2 SSDs, and Seagate Barracuda HDDs.

Earlier in the year, when graphics card prices were higher, we discovered that the premium traditionally paid for boutique systems could actually be offset by the inflation of graphics card prices. However, graphics card prices have recently begun to settle down, and some quick shopping shows that inflation can’t quite compensate for the EK Fluid Gaming systems’ high starting price. Buyers will undoubtedly be paying some premium for EK quality and that custom-painted case.

EK Fluid Gaming systems are available for pre-order now on EK’s website. They are only available in the U.S. and will begin shipping early May. Prices start at $2100 for the lowest-end configuration, which includes the Ryzen 5 2600 and a GTX 1060.

Product

EK Fluid Gaming System

Processor

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

Motherboard

Up to MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC

Memory

Up to 32GB DDR4-3200 G.Skill Trident Z RGB

Graphics

Up to 2 x Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

Storage

M.2 SSD:

Up to Samsung 960 Evo 1TB M.2 SSD

3.5”:

Up to 2 x 4TB 7200RPM 3.5” HDDs

Optical Drive

X

Networking

Dependent on motherboard

Interface

Front:

1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.0 Type-A, Audio Out, Mic In

Rear:

Dependent on motherboard

Video Output

Dependent on graphics card configuration

Power Supply

Up to EVGA SuperNova 1000 G3

Case

Customized In Win 101c

Cooling

Fully cooled by EK Fluid Gaming water cooling

Operating System

Windows 10 Home or Professional

Extras

Individually sleeved PSU cables included

Dimensions

445 x 220 x 480mm

Price As Configured

$4,386.27

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  • Giroro
    I wish they had used hard tubing in their water loop instead of flexible. It's a fit/finish detail that isn't usually worth the effort in a DIY build - but for something that is being produced in quantity it's not hard to figure everything out a single time and build a jig.
    That's the kind of attention to detail you need in order to convince people to spend $4400 on a $2500 computer. (Or $2100 on a $1000 computer, etc).

    Also, they didn't plug power cables into their GPU/Mobo for their press photos.
  • Ilya__
    Anonymous said:
    I wish they had used hard tubing in their water loop instead of flexible. It's a fit/finish detail that isn't usually worth the effort in a DIY build - but for something that is being produced in quantity it's not hard to figure everything out a single time and build a jig.
    That's the kind of attention to detail you need in order to convince people to spend $4400 on a $2500 computer. (Or $2100 on a $1000 computer, etc).

    Also, they didn't plug power cables into their GPU/Mobo for their press photos.


    I agree. Normally, this is quite a difficult task, but since they are going to pump out the same system many times, they only really need to plan it once.

    I would only pay that much money for a system with hard tubing; I already know how to do the soft tubing setups, so I wont pay someone else to do it.

    But I did try building a hard-tube system once. Let's just say, I wished I didn't have a window in my case, it was ugly ;p