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EKWB Intros Short-Type Water Blocks For GeForce GTX 970

Nvidia's GTX 970 launched a couple weeks ago, and now water cooling manufacturer EKWB is introducing its EK-FC970 GTX water block for the short-type reference cards.

The water block has a "very high flow" design, meaning it isn't hydraulically restricting, allowing it to be used in longer, more complex loops, or in loops with weaker pumps. It also covers all of the critical components of the graphics card, including the GPU itself, the VRM circuitry (power delivery), and the memory. Over the GPU area, the block is built with an 0.5 mm microchannel structure, which essentially creates a larger surface area that makes contact with the fluid, improving heat transfer.

The blocks will be available in two variants, each with two different tops. You can opt for either a copper block or a nickel-plated copper block, and you can go with either an acrylic see-through top or a black Acetal top. Backplates are also available in black and nickel.

Pricing for the copper blocks is set at $114.24, while the nickel-plated variants go for $124.18. The black backplate costs $32.24, while the nickel backplate will set you back $40.94. All of the parts are already available for preorder, with a couple of them ready to ship out immediately.

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Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • ozchoz
    Because 970's are hot?
  • oxxfatelostxxo
    When you add a 20%+ overclock to them sure....
  • firefoxx04
    Of course someone had to put the water block down because "970s do not get hot", must be a waste of money right?

    People who do not watercool should stay out of the debate when it comes to what should and should not be produced. Chipsets and RAM do not need to be put under water but we do it anyways, frequently.
  • ozchoz
    I agree people who don't watercool shouldn't comment about watercooling. Still my 970's hit 75 degrees overclocked, not seeing the need for adding them to the loop.
  • Duckhunt
    I keep planning to use mineral oil but I still have not. Maybe in the future. I use just off the shelf stuff and then i end up handing it over. It is just the power consumption of the newer things is starting to make sense especially with xeon CPUs and other lower powered things if you leave your stuff on 24/7.
  • Nomad45
    It would be nice to get these cards without a stock cooler to save a few bucks. When buying the card and automatically getting a block things can get expensive.
  • fwupow
    I considered water cooling for my GTX-970 but since it's a reference design, the VRMs really aren't capable of supplying enough current to OC the gpu to any meaningful extent. The Stock fan cooler is plenty capable (albeit with a custom fan speed profile) of cooling everything. The only advantage I see with water cooling in most circumstances nowadays is that, you may get longer component life by keeping them running at cooler temps and if you use a see-thru side window, you can have a slick looking rig. Otherwise, it's a lot of expense. I guess it depends on what the limiting factor is. For my reference design PNY GTX-970, I ran into a ceiling in on-card power delivery components which I don't think would benefit from water cooling. Also the factory BIOS would not allow for more than 107% power and hacked BIOS were not available and seemingly not going to be.
  • Petros Komninos
    oh comon :( i want those water blocks..