There is a simple fix to the issue, the only thing that needs to be done is to remove the four closest stand-off mounts around the GPU die. With simple flat nose pliers, the stand-offs can be easily unscrewed turning them counter clockwise.
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.
EK is actively working on getting more spare parts into the EK Webshop. But even if the part that you need is not in the shop, by contacting our customer care you can purchase spare parts like screws, tops, LED strips, spare o-rings… in order to provide proper maintenance for your liquid cooling parts.
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 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.
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.
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.