Entries by Erik Nastovski

Useful Tips Part 1 – Drain Valve

Oftentimes not having a drain port, or placing it in a bad spot can make your liquid cooling experience complicated. At one point you will want to do your yearly coolant swap, or just want a new coolant color, or you will want to change liquid cooling components. In any of these cases you will have to drain your loop, and without having a drain port already installed, it could be a tricky and time-consuming task.

Does reversing the ports on EK-Vector blocks have any performance impact?

You probably wondered if reversing the “in” and “out” ports on the GPU water block will have any impact on its performance? The previous generation of EK-FC full cover GPU water blocks and the current series EK-Vector full cover GPU water blocks are both designed and engineered in such a way that they can operate efficiently regardless of the coolant flow orientation. Because of that, there is no designated “in” and “out” port on these water blocks, but one setup has slight benefits compared to the other.

Did you know? – You can use the pump mount on the reservoir

Did you know that the EK-RES X3 tubes that are used on every EK reservoir and pump combo unit have the same diameter as the D5 pump? One of the benefits of this is the option to grab the reservoir tube with the pump unit clip. The mounting clip with rubber insert reduces vibration and grabs onto the pump, or tube via the rubber insert, which is squeezed by the outer shell which you can tighten with screws.

Did you know? – Pumps should not be run dry

What is that steel plate that covers parts of certain EK GPU water blocks and why is it there? For custom PCB layout full-cover GPU water blocks like for high-end Strix, MSI and some others GPUs as well, the steel plate is applied just above the main VRM section, but it is not there for the aesthetics.

Push, Pull or Push-Pull on radiators?

We continue our guides that show differences in radiator performance depending on the speed of the fans, thickness, and FPI of radiators etc. Today we address the subject of push, pull, push-pull fan setups and how they affect different radiators and performance. We hope to help you decide what kind of setup is right for you and to show the benefits of each.