EK Releases Vector RTX Series Water Blocks for ASUS ROG Strix Series Graphics Cards

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EK Water Blocks, the Slovenia based water cooling gear manufacturer, is introducing its new generation of high-performance water blocks specially designed for ROG Strix GeForce RTX series graphics cards, based on Turing graphics processor. The EK-Vector Strix RTX series water blocks feature four integrated LED sources, two located in the terminal cover and one LED strip on each end of the water block.

EK-Vector Strix RTX

The inspiration for the new GPU block name “Vector” came from the sheer computing power of the graphics cards that are on the market today. Naming a water block “Full Cover” isn’t enough these days, when the product is packed with unique features, such as these.

The EK 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 accented RGB LED lighting. The block also features a unique aesthetic cover over the block Terminal which is designed to showcase the graphics card model via LEDs, visible from the side.

The water block comes in three different models tailor-made for either ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070, ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 and ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti cards. Each of them directly cools 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. 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 LED sources, two located in the terminal cover and one LED strip on each end of the water block.

The water blocks are equipped with 12V RGB LEDs which are compatible with the motherboard 4-pin 12V RGB LED header. This product is compatible with popular RGB sync technologies from all major motherboard manufacturers.

The newly developed 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.

The EK Vector Series water blocks use an Open Split-Flow cooling engine design which proved to be a superior solution for GPU water blocks. It is characterized by low hydraulic flow restrictions, meaning it can be used with weaker water pumps, or pumps running on low-speed settings and still achieve top performance. The jet plate and fin structure geometry have been optimized to provide even flow distribution with minimal losses and optimal performances even when used in reversed water flow scenarios.

Compatibility

EK-Vector Strix RTX 2080 Ti water blocks are compatible with ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards based on Turing graphics processors.

EK-Vector Strix RTX 2080 water blocks are compatible with ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards based on Turing graphics processors.

EK-Vector Strix RTX 2070 water blocks are compatible with ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 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-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-Vector Strix RTX backplates are made of high-quality Aluminum and come in nickeled and anodized black variants. The EK-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.

Availability and pricing

The EK-Vector Strix RTX series water blocks and backplates are made in Slovenia, Europe and are available for pre-order through EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network. All pre-orders will start shipping on the 25th of February, 2019! In the table below you can see the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) with VAT included.

Name MSRP (incl. VAT)
EK-Vector Strix RTX 2080 Ti RGB – Nickel + Plexi 154.90€
EK-Vector Strix RTX 2080 RGB – Nickel + Plexi 154.90€
EK-Vector Strix RTX 2070 RGB – Nickel + Plexi 154.90€
EK-Vector Strix RTX 2080 Ti Backplate – Nickel 47.90€
EK-Vector Strix RTX 2080 Ti Backplate – Black 39.90€
EK-Vector Strix RTX 2080 Backplate – Nickel 47.90€
EK-Vector Strix RTX 2080 Backplate – Black 39.90€
EK-Vector Strix RTX 2070 Backplate – Nickel 47.90€
EK-Vector Strix RTX 2070 Backplate – Black 39.90€

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