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Juice Up Your Asus Maximus VIII Impact With EKWB's New Monoblock

Although EKWB built a monoblock that fit on the Asus Maximus VIII Hero, Ranger, and Gene back in October, the Maximus VIII Impact does not share the same design around the CPU socket area and therefore isn't compatible. For that very reason, EKWB built the EK-FB Asus M8I Monoblock.

The EK-FB Asus M8I Monoblock features a relatively standard design, but with a part of the block angled 90 degrees to cool the VRM circuitry on the Impact’s daughterboard. The area cooling the CPU uses the same cooling structure as that of the EK-Supremacy EVO.

Being an EK water block, it features a high-flow design, meaning that it is suitable to use in loops with weaker pumps or longer, more complex loops. Of course, we can’t really picture a scenario where you’ll have a long complex loop on a Mini-ITX board.

EKWB is carrying the blocks in two variants, one with a clear acrylic top so that you can see the fluid inside and one with a sleek-looking Acetal top. This time around, EKWB won’t be making the blocks with bare copper parts – both units are treated with a nickel-plating to protect against corrosion.

The block features the standard G1/4” threading, meaning it is compatible with the most common fittings and barbs. To install the block, you’ll have to remove the standard heatsink that sits on the VRM circuitry and keep the backplate.

Pricing sits at $125.99 for both the acrylic and Acetal variants of the EK-FB Asus M8I Monoblock, and both are available immediately through EKWB’s webshop.

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  • SpeedEnforcedByAircraft
    Well, I'm saddened; the block doesn't cover the chipset.
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  • Ghoul
    A juicy Assus
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  • TechyInAZ
    Well, I'm saddened; the block doesn't cover the chipset.

    At least it covers the VRMs.
    Reply
  • turkey3_scratch
    I'd like to know how someone fits a custom loop in a mITX case as is.
    Reply
  • JackNaylorPE
    I'd like to know how someone fits a custom loop in a mITX case as is.

    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/phanteks_enthoo_evolv_itx_review,7.html
    EVOLV ITX has numerous places for mounting water cooling radiators (as well as locations for mounting pumps/reservoirs). At the front there is up to 240mm radiator support and at the top there is up to 280mm radiator support (plus 240mm).
    Reply
  • e36_Jeff
    Well, I'm saddened; the block doesn't cover the chipset.

    chipsets use so little power anymore, it would be a waste to bother watercooling it.
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  • sylentz199
    Well, I'm saddened; the block doesn't cover the chipset.

    I get way more heat off my VRM than chipset.
    Wish EK would send some M7I love my way :(
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  • draxssab
    I'd like to know how someone fits a custom loop in a mITX case as is.
    Me, like this :
    http://i805.photobucket.com/albums/yy339/Draxssab/ordi/La%20Kubo%20Mirinda/P1010757.jpg
    ?rel=ugc]http://s805.photobucket.com/user/Draxssab/media/ordi/La%20Kubo%20Mirinda/P1010757.jpg.html]
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  • turkey3_scratch
    @draxssab: Now this may sound dumb, but I have a quick question. How do you keep the reservoir in place? How is that reservoir not slipping all over the place when you move the case?
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  • draxssab
    17151503 said:
    @draxssab: Now this may sound dumb, but I have a quick question. How do you keep the reservoir in place? How is that reservoir not slipping all over the place when you move the case?
    It's this reservoir : http://www.xs-pc.com/reservoirs/acrylic-tank-reservoir-for-laing-d5
    There is two tabs with screw holes, the back ones have screws trough the bottom of the case.
    On the front, the stiffness of the short tube keeps it from rotating at all. I also put double sided tape on the bottom, this also reduces the vibration transfer from the pump.
    I can shake the case pretty hardly (with filled reservoir) and nothing ever move. 3 years now going to LANparty with this and never had any structural problem :)
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