EK's New $2,600 Limited Edition Case Weighs 48lb, Will Lighten Your Wallet

EK-Quantum Torsion A60
EK-Quantum Torsion A60 (Image credit: EK)

Leading liquid cooling manufacturer EK has revealed the company's limited edition EK-Quantum Torsion A60 PC case, tailored toward liquid-cooling fanatics. Carved out of 6082 aluminum alloy, the Torsion A60 combines durability with style.

EK chose hex screws as the means to assemble the Torsion A60, allowing you to dismantle and customize the case at your will. The case has two color options with an anodized finish: satin black, or silver. The Torsion A60 isn't an open-air case. Instead, it features a semi-open design, which helps with transportation and airflow. However, the case has a footprint of 19.1 x 10.9 x 18.7 inches (485 x 276 x 476mm) and weighs 48.5 pounds (22 kg), so we doubt you'll constantly bring it with you to your LAN parties. A tempered glass side panel lets you show off your hardware and keep dust out of your system to a certain extent.

The Torsion A60 supports ATX and E-ATX motherboards. The aluminum motherboard tray has small channels to route your power cables neatly. Space is limited, but it should be enough for your average system. There's room for two 8-pin EPS cables, the thick ATX 24-pin power cable, and up to three 8-pin PCIe power cables or the scandalous 12VHPWR cable. The only caveat is that the power cables must be custom-sleeved ones.

The case provides three cable holders to keep the cables in place. EK recommends sleeved wires with a diameter between 2.5mm and 3mm, so even with the sleeving, the cable should fit effortlessly into the 4.2mm groove. Should you choose to buy custom-sleeved cables instead of putting in the work yourself, EK recommends a few vendors. Vendors include Bespoke BAKA, Pexon-PCs & Pexon Audio, PCHM PC Hardware & Modding, Hardwire, OREIONcustom, and Sleeving-Japan.

The Torsion A60 includes a pump, reservoir, and a plethora of standard G1/4" threaded inlets and outlets. Based on the EK-Matrix7 concept, the outlets and inlets align perfectly with other Quantum products from EK, facilitating tube routing. The integrated distribution plate features RGB illumination thanks to the 14-LED strip. The strip plugs into a regular 5V header, and you can control the lighting with your motherboard's software. It's compatible with Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2, MSI Mystic Light Sync, and ASRock Polychrome Sync.

The distribution plate integrates a third-generation D5 pump with PWM control. The G3 variant is used in the Torsion A60 and draws power from a regular SATA power connector. It's great to see EK replacing a 4-pin Molex connector for the pump. As icing on the cake, the pump features a sleek aesthetic CNC-machined cover made of pure aluminum. The pump draws 23W but flaunts a maximum flow of 1,500 L/h. Meanwhile, the reservoir has a capacity of approximately 450ml.

The Torsion A60 has the space to house up to three EK-Quantum Surface P360 radiators with medium thickness. Installation is a breeze since they slip into place with special push-in fittings. By default, the Torsion A60 has an integrated vertical GPU bracket for those who like displaying their graphics cards. The maximum supported graphics card length is 15.7 inches (400mm). EK recommends that your graphics card measures no wider than 6.3 inches (160mm), but it's not mandatory. Besides the aesthetics benefit, a vertical orientation eliminates GPU sag, a common problem with how thick and heavy high-end graphics cards have become.

Being a limited edition product, EK will only produce 777 units of the Torsion A60. Two-thirds of the production will be the black variant, while the remaining one-third will be the silver variant. EK has engraved the serial number of each unit at the top of the motherboard tray. The Torsion A60 is up for pre-order for $2,620.99, regardless of the color. EK will ship out orders in mid-November.

Zhiye Liu
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Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

  • Crazyy8
    I pity the fool who thinks buying this product is a good decision.
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  • spongiemaster
    Seems redundant to call a $2600 desktop case limited edition. That said, 777 doesn't seem that limited for a case that expensive. Do they really think they're going to sell that many?
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  • Mindstab Thrull
    Am I reading right that it's 2600 USD for a case with a pump, reservoir, and fittings? Just making sure I'm not missing anything here.
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  • Crazyy8
    Mindstab Thrull said:
    Am I reading right that it's 2600 USD for a case with a pump, reservoir, and fittings? Just making sure I'm not missing anything here.
    Yup, and some RGB. 46 pounds and 2600 USD for a paperweight unless you can afford other parts, which you won't after buying this case.
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  • Lucky_SLS
    Crazyy8 said:
    Yup, and some RGB. 46 pounds and 2600 USD for a paperweight unless you can afford other parts, which you won't after buying this case.

    You are forgetting the ppl who bought RTX 4090 on launch day from scalpers...
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  • Crazyy8
    Lucky_SLS said:
    You are forgetting the ppl who bought RTX 4090 on launch day from scalpers...
    The people who bought the 4090 on launch from scalpers are the same people who are buying this case, both are poor, and both can only afford that one product. In the end, it doesn't make a difference. Both are a paperweight to whoever bought them, it just depends on if you want a 46 pound paperweight or a 5 pound paperweight(idk weight of 4090, I just assume it's 5 pounds because its very large).
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  • helper800
    Crazyy8 said:
    In the end, it doesn't make a difference. Both are a paperweight to whoever bought them, it just depends on if you want a 46 pound paperweight or a 5 pound paperweight(idk weight of 4090, I just assume it's 5 pounds because its very large).
    Why are you so intent with pushing your evaluation of the case's price on others?
    Crazyy8 said:
    The people who bought the 4090 on launch from scalpers are the same people who are buying this case, both are poor, and both can only afford that one product.
    How could you possibly believe poor people are buying $3-4k graphics cards and a $2620.99 EK cases?

    Personally, I would not buy the case, however, that does not mean I cannot appreciate it as, essentially, a large piece of art. I can also appreciate the design and engineering that went into the case. I hate the notion that so many people believe that everything that is expensive equates those things with being 'bad' or 'useless' by default. In reality, these things are not priced low enough for them to consider a purchase, so it must be a bad product.
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  • Crazyy8
    helper800 said:
    Why are you so intent with pushing your evaluation of the case's price on others?

    How could you possibly believe poor people are buying $3-4k graphics cards and a $2620.99 EK cases?

    Personally, I would not buy the case, however, that does not mean I cannot appreciate it as, essentially, a large piece of art. I can also appreciate the design and engineering that went into the case. I hate the notion that so many people believe that everything that is expensive equates those things with being 'bad' or 'useless' by default. In reality, these things are not priced low enough for them to consider a purchase, so it must be a bad product.
    Well they are poor AFTER buying both of those.
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  • helper800
    Crazyy8 said:
    Well they are poor AFTER buying both of those.
    I can buy 5 sets of those right now, that does not make me poor, or rich for that matter if compared to my peers.
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  • Crazyy8
    helper800 said:
    I can buy 5 sets of those right now, that does not make me poor, or rich for that matter if compared to my peers.
    If you didn't notice, it was a joke. A case that expensive relative to others would be a waste of money, and I exaggerated it to show that the product is not worth the price and many other things could be bought instead.
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