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EKWB Listens To Community And Debuts 240 mm Expandable Predator AIO

We’ve already written about the EKWB Predator all-in-one cooling systems, but one thing we’ve been wondering for a long time is why the 240 mm variant didn’t come with the quick-disconnect fittings to make it expandable. The 360 mm unit does, so you can add a GPU to the loop, but the radiator in the 240 mm unit offers enough cooling power for both a CPU and GPU as well, and not everybody has space for the large 360 mm unit. It seems that EKWB has been listening to the community; at last, the company announced a 240 mm variant with CPC quick-disconnect fittings.

The idea behind EKWB’s Predator lineup is creating an expandable liquid cooling system wherein you don’t need to mess with any fluid. They are built using mostly off-the-shelf EKWB parts, which means that not only do you get the EKWB level of quality, you can also disassemble them and turn them into true custom loops if you ever decide to. This is thanks to the use of G1/4” threading.

In addition to making the 240 mm unit expandable, EKWB will from here on out also be shipping revision 1.1 of the Predator design. The change for this revision is the mounting system on the Supremacy MX CPU blocks, which now includes the gear you need to mount it on an LGA2011-3 CPU socket.

Next to quick-disconnect fittings, the expandable Predator AIOs also come with a so-called Hovercore, which separates the radiator from the chassis to reduce vibrations, as well as a radiator based on the CoolStream design, a 6W DDC pump that is powerful enough for most loops, and an integrated PWM fan splitter hub.

Pricing for the 240 mm variant with quick-disconnect fittings sits at $219.97, which is a mere $20 more than the version without the quick disconnects. Adding GPU blocks costs the price of the block plus $29.99 for the added parts.

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  • toddybody
    Love these coolers...such an incredible marriage between ease (AIO) and custom expandability. My *only* hesitation are the aesthetics in comparison to a clear tubing build...the grey on black makes the disconnects stand out poorly IMO. Either way, totally awesome.
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  • thundervore
    Late once again on this news.

    I believe im going to put $400 a side for my next AIO and it will consist of the Predator 240 along with a Predator compatible Nvidia XXX Ti full GPU block.

    I figure $220 for the radiator CPU portion + $150 for the GPU block and I will be much better than the Asetek AIOs that everyone uses
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  • Gam3r01
    Good to know EKWB is still one of the companies that still listens to their customers....
    Or that wants their money, one of the two. (We still get what we wanted)
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  • Lutfij
    Excata, EK was a company a few years ago that paid little heed to the community outside of what enthusiasts had to say but this shows they are listening and have their ears wide pen :) Good work EK!
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  • TbsToy
    Continued junk from Slobolvia now with a quick disconnect. Ha, ha, ha.
    W.P.
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  • rubix_1011
    I am doing a review of this exact 240 cooler which will be written and up in the forums within the next several days.

    All I can say is that this is currently the unit I am recommending for anyone getting into the AIO cooler market and may transition into the watercooling world. It provides a great pump, great radiator and great fittings in a package that allows standalone use, or future expansion. Let's just say, the 240 might even be enough to run a CPU and a GPU without an additional radiator, depending on components being used...example - i7 at stock or mild OC, and a GTX 970. I'm seeing 10C delta loads at around 325w.
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  • Gam3r01
    17315396 said:
    I am doing a review of this exact 240 cooler which will be written and up in the forums within the next several days.

    All I can say is that this is currently the unit I am recommending for anyone getting into the AIO cooler market and may transition into the watercooling world. It provides a great pump, great radiator and great fittings in a package that allows standalone use, or future expansion. Let's just say, the 240 might even be enough to run a CPU and a GPU without an additional radiator, depending on components being used...example - i7 at stock or mild OC, and a GTX 970. I'm seeing 10C delta loads at around 325w.

    Glad to hear a review is in the works, we need to get away from CLCs.
    I hope the H240x/220x will be included as well.
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  • rubix_1011
    It is on the schedule to be done next, but currently there have been some issues finding stock.
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  • Lutfij
    ^ That there is rubix for ya folks! Kudos for landing on those products and write ups! I too will be eagerly waiting to read up on the reviews. A smell of fresh air would do wonders to the already stale/overcrowded AIO market.

    If the Swiftech's write ups are coming around too then that's splendid!
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  • rubix_1011
    Ideally we're trying to create a 'Tom's Charts' for liquid cooling like exists for SSD/GPU/CPU, etc.
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