EK Water Blocks has been teasing its fans with images and videos of the 360 mm Predator all-in-one water cooling system since the middle of August. The 240 mm Predator went on sale in late September, but the 360 mm version offers one notable feature that the smaller option lacks: easy expandability.
Both EKWB Predator all-in-one water cooling solutions are assembled with standard EKWB components. The company did not cut corners and go the closed loop route. You can purchase all of the major components that make up the EK-XLC Predator 360 as standalone parts, and the Predator system uses standard G1/4 threading, so any fitting will work if you chose to customize.
The EK-XLC Predator 360 includes a Supremacy MX CPU block, which EKWB said is built with the purest copper available and then polished to a mirror finish to improve cooling performance. The radiator used in the package is a 360 mm CoolStream PE with a copper core. The company includes three EK-Vardar high-static pressure PWM fans to keep everything cool.
To pump the fluid through the loop, EKWB mounted an industry-standard DDC pump to the CoolStream PE radiator using a vibration-free design that the company is calling "Hovercore." EKWB said it is a way to de-couple the pump from the radiator, preventing vibration and allowing for near silent operation.
Using standard components and threading makes it easy to add components to the loop, and EKWB expects that its fans will want to do just that, so it simplified the process by adding quick disconnect (QDC) fittings to one of the two tubes leading to the CPU block. The company said these QDC fittings are medical grade and will not drip when disconnected, and added that the quick disconnects can be used to add a GPU to the loop without draining the system. The company noted that the GPU must be prefilled to add it to the loop.
The EK-XLC Predator also includes its own integrated PWN fan splitter hub, which helps tidy up the cabling. The three fans and the pump plug into the splitter, and a single PWM cable connects to the CPU fan header on the motherboard. A single SATA connection is used to power the entire all-in-one kit.
The EK-XLC Predator 360 is readily available today from the EK Webshop and through its partner reseller network. The price has been set at $239.99.
The current version is compatible only with Intel-based systems with LGA-115x and LGA-2011(-3) sockets. An AMD version is in the works but won't be available until 2016.