EK® Water Blocks, the Slovenia based water cooling gear manufacturer, is introducing its new generation of EK-Vector RTX Strix D-RGB water blocks designed for ROG Strix GeForce® RTX™ series graphics cards, based on Turing® graphics processor. The EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX D-RGB series water blocks feature four integrated addressable LED sources, two located in the terminal cover and one digital LED strip on each end of the water block.
EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX D-RGB
The EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX water blocks are specially designed for multiple ROG Strix GeForce RTX Turing based graphics cards. The water block itself uses the signature EK single slot slim look, and it covers the entire PCB length. This sophisticated cooling solution will transform your powerful ROG graphics card into a minimalistic, elegant piece of hardware with rich and addressable D-RGB LED lighting. The terminal also features a unique aesthetic cover which is designed to showcase the graphics card model via addressable LEDs, visible from the side.
The water block comes in two different models for each of the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 and ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti cards. These water blocks directly cool the GPU, VRAM and the VRM (voltage regulation module) as cooling liquid is channeled directly over these critical areas. This allows the graphics card to remain stable at high overclocks, intensive workloads and also enables it to run at its maximum Boost Clock. Ultimately, you can enjoy gaming at the highest possible performance of your graphics card, stutter-free in a low noise environment.
The base of the block is CNC machined out of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is CNC machined out of high-quality acrylic material or sturdy black POM acetal depending on the variant chosen. Sealing is ensured by high-quality EPDM O-rings. The brass standoffs are already pre-installed and allow for a safe and easy installation procedure. It features four integrated addressable LED sources, two located in the terminal cover and one LED strip on each end of the water block.
These water blocks are equipped with 5V D-RGB LEDs which are compatible with the motherboard 3-pin 5V D-RGB LED (addressable/AURA) header. They are compatible with AURA sync RGB control software.
These water blocks feature the signature EK-Vector cooling engine that has a larger footprint compared to the previous generation of full cover water blocks. This results in a larger surface area for heat transfer which allows the increase of thermal performance of these water blocks.
EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX 2080 Ti water blocks are compatible with ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards based on Turing graphics processors.
EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX 2080 water blocks are compatible with ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards based on Turing graphics processors.
As always, we recommend that you refer to the EK Cooling Configurator for a precise compatibility match! EK is updating the compatibility list with newly released hardware from various manufacturers to the EK Cooling Configurator database so that compatible graphics cards are being added to the list on daily basis:
EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX series water blocks are compatible with the corresponding the EK-Vector Strix RTX backplates that passively cool the graphics chip and VRM from the back side of the PCB. The EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX backplates are made of high-quality Aluminum and come in nickeled and anodized black variants. The EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX series water blocks are not compatible with factory backplates.
The current multi GPU FC Terminal connection bridges are compatible with these new water blocks. However, the EK-Vector GPU water block terminal cover is not compatible with FC Terminal X and FC Terminal (Legacy) multi GPU connectivity bridges.
EK-Vector Strix RTX Backplates
EK® recommends the purchase of a retention backplate which improves the aesthetics of your graphics cards, but also provides additional passive cooling to the GPU core and circuit board VRM section. The backplates for ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070, ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 and ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti cards are to be available in either Nickel Plated or Black Anozided variants.
EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX D-RGB Upgrade Kits
These upgrade kits allow current owners of EK-Vector Strix RTX GPU water blocks to transform their 12V RGB blocks into the more advanced, addressable 5V D-RGB variant. They contain the stick out and terminal cover, as well as the I/O side LED piece for full transformation of this advanced lighting solution. They come for both the 2080 and 2080 Ti models.
Availability and pricing
The EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX series water blocks and backplates are made in Slovenia, Europe and are readily available for order through EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network. In the table below you can see the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) with VAT included.
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