EKWB announced a new CPU water block, but this time around it is not a new flagship block, nor is it a budget-oriented block. Instead, it's a block aimed at server and workstation use, especially systems with multiple CPUs and 1U enclosures. Meet the EK-Annihilator.
The block follows the same principles that EKWB always works by, featuring a pure copper cold plate that uses a microfin cooling structure to transfer heat to the fluid. The base of the cold plate is polished to a mirror finish for more equal contact with the CPU surface.
The inlet and outlet threads of the block are seated on the sides, and instead of just having two, it comes with four inlet and outlet ports, which are placed so as to enable you to use the two that give you the most efficient tubing run. Do note that the EK-Annihilator is intended to be installed in series, not in parallel. It doesn't come with the standard G1/4" threads; instead, it has the less popular G1/8." Fortunately, it does come with barbs that will accept tubing with an inner diameter of 6 mm.
Compatibility is listed for the LGA1150 and LGA2011-3 sockets, and it comes preconfigured with a bracket installed for use on the narrow-type LGA2011-3 socket.
Included with the EK-Annihilator block are two barbs, two plugs, two hose clamps, mounting brackets, some thermal paste, and the required Allan keys.
EKWB priced the block at $57.99, which is actually quite a friendly price. Having said that, due to the lack of G1/4" threading, this block isn't going to make it into your system – threading and tubing compatibility with the remainder of liquid cooling gear simply isn't there, so if you want an EKWB-made water block, you'll have to stick to the flagship EK-Supremacy EVO or the more affordable EK-Supremacy MX.