performance impact by swapping inlet and outlet on the GPU block

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.

EK-RES X3-pump-holder

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.

How to calculate the total RGB LED power draw?

RGB stands for Red-Green-Blue, the three light emitting diodes (LEDs) that exist on a single spot. By mixing those 3 colors you can get any of the 16.7million variations in the RGB spectrum.

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.

Did you know? – GPU bridge plate

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.

Everything you need to know about coil whine

When you hear cricket like high pitched irritating noises coming from your graphics card (GPU), less often from power regulation modules (VRM) of motherboards and power supplies (PSUs), that is coil whine. This happens in almost all electrical devices, usually at a frequency and volume that’s inaudible to humans, especially inside a case. In some cases, you can hear the pitch of the coil whine change as the GPU draws more or less power, especially often at very high framerate situations.

Can a water block really boost your GPU performance?

With the launch of new AMD Radeon Vega GPUs, there was some fresh life pumped into the graphics card market. Things got exciting once again, we had new GPUs to talk about, and this seems like a perfect opportunity to revisit a fairly common question. Will liquid cooling improve your GPU performance?

What is the Start-Stop function and how to use it?

With the introduction of the new EK-Vardar EVO cooling fan lineup also came a new feature. EK-Vardar EVO 120ER and EK-Vardar EVO 140ER fan (both white and black) models feature the so called “Start-Stop” function which can benefit you in several ways.

What is Discord and how to use it?

We have created a Discord server, for people that want to get involved with the water cooling community and EK employees. In this blog, we explain how to join our Discord server.