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EKWB Vows to Develop Water Blocks for Custom GeForce RTX 3090 Ti

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With its power consumption of 450W and higher, Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics card can certainly benefit from liquid cooling. But unfortunately, the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti adopts a new design with all memory chips on the front, which is why it needs all-new water blocks. This is where EK Water Blocks comes into play, promising to develop water blocks for reference and custom GeForce RTX 3090 Ti boards. The question is, do you need it? 

"EK is working on a plethora of new Quantum Vector² water blocks for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti-series graphics cards," a statement by EKWB reads. "This would allow unprecedented performance levels and no worries about wasting heat."

Plethora of GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Water Blocks Incoming

Over the past year and a half, EKWB has developed over a dozen of water blocks for Nvidia Founders Edition, reference, and custom GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards. None of these water blocks are compatible with Nvidia's latest GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics board that carries 24GB of GDDR6X memory on its front and sets records not only with its performance, but also with its power consumption that starts at 450W.

For now, EK Water Blocks plans to design water blocks for Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Founders Edition, Nvidia's reference boards supplied by partners with custom air coolers, Asus Strix RTX 3090 Ti cards, EVGA's FTW RTX 3090 Ti boards, and MSI's Trio RTX 3090 Ti as well as Suprim RTX 3090 Ti adapters. This is EKWB's preliminary plan; it may add more water blocks, but there are no timeframes as it takes some time to design and produce water blocks for custom graphics cards. 

Traditionally, EKWB's water blocks for GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics cards cover the GPU, voltage regulating module and memory to remove heat from the hottest components of the board. The new water blocks will be compatible with Vector2 and Matrix7 sets for custom liquid cooling systems. The exception is the Founders Edition water block, which will be only compatible with Vector2 as it keeps its signature look and design. 

While EKWB hasn't disclosed all the details about its upcoming water blocks, we expect them to resemble its existing products. Expect them to keep using CNC-machined nickel-plated electrolytic copper base with a plexiglass or stainless steel top. The water blocks will also feature EKWB's proprietary Open Split-Flow design with low hydraulic flow restriction to ensure sufficient cooling performance in cases when a low-speed pump is used or water flow is reversed. 

To make the cards sturdy and enhance their longevity, EKWB will also offer active backplates for GeForce RTX 3090 Ti boards as well. These will not cool memory, but promises improved temperatures across the whole board. 

EKWB hasn't yet specified when it intends to release its water blocks for GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

But Do You Need One?

For now, Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is the world's fastest graphics board. But Nvidia's next-generation Ada Lovelace family is incoming several months down the road and given typical generation-to-generation performance improvements, we expect the current flagship to be dethroned this fall.  

This begs the question whether it makes sense to invest in a custom water block for Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3090 Ti or just use an all-in-one liquid cooler that is compatible with a particular card. That cooler will likely retain compatibility with future graphics cards like the GeForce RTX 40-series. Of course, it will not perform just as good as a custom liquid cooling solution as it does not cover memory and VRM. But maybe it will be enough to enjoy the top-of-the-range card for a few months?

Anton Shilov
Anton Shilov

Anton Shilov is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Over the past couple of decades, he has covered everything from CPUs and GPUs to supercomputers and from modern process technologies and latest fab tools to high-tech industry trends.

  • exploding_psu
    And I thought my Vega 56 is blazing hot and power hungry
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  • wifiburger
    if I were to guess EK will be rushing to put these out first so people have no choice but to buy them

    I would wait and not buy anything EK. The quality is complete trash on EK products.

    1080ti EK block, the nickel survived 3years, my 3090 EK block the nickel just faded as if it was painted in 1week. The o-rings / or the PMA top was not factory cleaned, leaked oil into the loop. I had to waste the weekend to take the loop apart and clean the crap out.

    Not only that, but their standoffs clearance was excessive for no reason. I had to grind down the standoffs & lap the horrible /not flat GPU spot on their block.

    Went from 26c water to core delta to 7c after the mods.
    13c delta when I use 600W on my 3090 (bios mod) but I'm sure you can do better with non-EK block.

    I could of easily waited for another block that had 10c delta out of the box.

    Stay away from this EK waterblock since this 3090 model will use 500w+ and EK blocks are garbage without mods for high power usage !!!!
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  • FiRem00
    EKWB can't even make the full line-up for existing custom cards, example like an active backplate for the Aorus 3090 Xtreme, and it took you ages for even the front plate for that one, and didn't bother releasing the active rear at the same time when it was already released for other cards and still nothing 'til this date. They are seriously lacking and falling behind even Bykski nowadays. Poor show to be frank.
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  • drivinfast247
    wifiburger said:
    if I were to guess EK will be rushing to put these out first so people have no choice but to buy them

    I would wait and not buy anything EK. The quality is complete trash on EK products.

    1080ti EK block, the nickel survived 3years, my 3090 EK block the nickel just faded as if it was painted in 1week. The o-rings / or the PMA top was not factory cleaned, leaked oil into the loop. I had to waste the weekend to take the loop apart and clean the crap out.

    Not only that, but their standoffs clearance was excessive for no reason. I had to grind down the standoffs & lap the horrible /not flat GPU spot on their block.

    Went from 26c water to core delta to 7c after the mods.
    13c delta when I use 600W on my 3090 (bios mod) but I'm sure you can do better with non-EK block.

    I could of easily waited for another block that had 10c delta out of the box.

    Stay away from this EK waterblock since this 3090 model will use 500w+ and EK blocks are garbage without mods for high power usage !!!!

    Take a look at OptimusPC watercooling.
    Reply