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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lot of heated debates have risen during the past few weeks with the launch of our newest Fluid Gaming water cooling lineup, which is made of all aluminum parts. So we just thought this might be a perfect opportunity for a new episode of “Fun Facts” where we will try cover this subject from all possible angles.
Time to continue the story about radiators for liquid cooling. We have covered the basics about radiators in the Part 1 blog, and in Part 2 we even showed some charts. Part 2 clarified things about radiator performance, how radiator performance is expressed and how do we read radiator performance charts. We have shown how two of the most popular radiator sizes (120 and 140mm), with different thickness variants, relate to one another performance-wise.
Even though soft tubing is considered to be the beginner’s option, we cannot claim it’s easier to use than hard tubing. Some bends are just impossible to pull off with soft tubing. We have talked about various types of tubing in our “Fittings and tubing guide” where we mentioned the kinking effect on soft tubing. Soft tubing kind of “has a mind of its own”. It tends to go its own way… and if you make a bend too tight, the tube will collapse and stop the flow of coolant.
Let us introduce you to the CLC! It stands for “Custom Loop Configurator” and by knowing that, you get the general idea what it’s good for. The CLC is a one of a kind, there is no other similar webpage/software available that will help you to build your basic custom liquid cooling system.
The fundamental rule of radiator performance testing is to see how well the radiator cools the coolant. For us, computer geeks, the most widespread way of describing radiator performance is by using W/10°C, or in other words, Watts per 10 Delta T (sometimes K is used instead of ΔT). To make it easier to understand, we are going to look at some performance charts.