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EK Water Blocks Reveals 'Phoenix' AIO Series

EK Water Blocks released a new generation of all-in-one liquid cooling kits called the EK-MLC Phoenix series, which replaces the existing EK-XLC Predator series.

The new Phoenix system builds on EK’s modular AIO concept with improved flexibility and easier configurability. Unlike the Predator, which was only sold as a combination of a radiator and a CPU block, the Phoenix system is comprised of fully independent radiators and water blocks that are bought separately. Every Phoenix part is pre-filled and terminated with dripless quick-disconnect fittings, allowing any number of water blocks to fit in a loop. The Phoenix parts also look more uniform than the Predator parts thanks to the replacement of off-color compression fittings with fixed connections and the addition of tube sleeving.

The core of the Phoenix system, the radiator module, has seen the least change from the Predator. It combines the radiator, pump, fans, and PWM control into one unit. The pump and fans are all wired to a control board on the unit, allowing everything to be powered by a single Molex and PWM header. EK didn’t list any specific improvements to the components that comprise the radiator module, but it’s now available in size types of 120, 240, 360, 140, and 280.

Two CPU water blocks are available for the Phoenix system: one for Intel/AM4 sockets and one for the TR4 socket. Both blocks are based off of EK’s Supremacy block, which was also used in the Predator series, but the block top has been changed to a taller one.

Unlike with the Predator, the Phoenix system has a huge number of GPU water blocks available at launch. There are nickel and acetal versions for Nvidia Titan and GTX 1070/1080 cards (including for a number of custom OEM cards), as well as for AMD Vega 56/64. The blocks use vertically oriented rotary fittings that fit better for multi-GPU setups.

Two years after the EK Predator series introduced the world to expandable AIO water cooling, we’re still hesitant to say that the concept has really caught on. For example, EVGA dabbled with the idea, but we’ve yet to see a productized release from them. For now, EK’s Phoenix will remain a unique proposition.

Prices start at the equivalent of $170 for a radiator module, $72 for a CPU water block, and $149 for a GPU water block. All parts come with a two-year warranty. European buyers can configure and purchase a Phoenix system on EK’s website.

  • hgchuong
    About time a company made a product like this! Now this would make a VERY interesting review to see how well heat is dissipated from both sources!
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  • n0ns3ns3
    what a joke ...
    Like they had the truly modular predator, but now what do we get ? no G1/4 threads, no fittings. Not really cusomizeable.
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  • Erik_37
    Give us g1/4 compatibility for better faster set ups for everyone.
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  • mlee 2500
    Can I fill it with Beer?
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  • TimSawyer
    What about the Celsius S24, wouldn't that qualify as an expandable AIO
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  • Lucky_SLS
    Wait, the Phoenix is not standard G 1/4 fittings? Meaning only the Phoenix core modules can be connected? I thought this would be a great idea if we can connect the Phoenix to a direct monoblock / cpu block with G 1/4 fittings. This is just so bad.

    Hope they atleast release QDC soft tubings to connect with other monoblock, cpu/gpu blocks.
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  • n0ns3ns3
    20423405 said:
    Wait, the Phoenix is not standard G 1/4 fittings? Meaning only the Phoenix core modules can be connected? I thought this would be a great idea if we can connect the Phoenix to a direct monoblock / cpu block with G 1/4 fittings. This is just so bad.

    Hope they atleast release QDC soft tubings to connect with other monoblock, cpu/gpu blocks.

    the GPU module terminal can be swapped for a normal one.
    but i'm not sure that same can be done with CPU and radiator.
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  • Selfish_Android
    So this is just a Predator with more rad sizes and more GPU block options with QDC, i am still rocking my Predator 240, it made possible for me to expand my loop with a GPU without having to buy a Res, Pump and a bunch of fittings, in any case i decided to upgrade my tubbing and add the GPU block without QDC for a better look.
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  • Lucky_SLS
    Update, I got an official response from EK :

    You could purchase a monoblock with fittings and tubing and fill it up with the Some of our clear premix and use these QDC connectors to connect it to MLC
    https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-qdc-10mm-gray
    Keep in mind that you will need to use a soft tubing fitting on the monoblock that will support 10mm or 3/8 inner diameter tubing as this is the only size of tubing the QDC connector can use the outer diameter doesn't matter on the QDC it will just matter for the what soft tubing fitting you choose on the monoblock.



    Also from the website : Every EK-QDC comes with four black Ezyclik Nylon Hose Clamps. The Ezyclik Nylon Hose Clamp is specifically designed for applications where space is restricted. The unique design of the patented Ezyclik-P ensures strong, fast and reliable fitting. Two enclosed clamps are designed to be used with 10/13 mm tubing and two additional clamps are designed to be used with 10/16mm tubing. Tubes with larger ID (inner diameter) and OD (outer diameter) will not work with this QDC!
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  • guadalajara296
    Does anybody know if I can adopt the Predator 240 Aio to fit on a AMD tread ripper block? Currently I use it on Intel skylake
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