Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, a common and popular mould injection material for in the liquid cooling industry.
Durable technical plastic, also known as POM, a popular material in the liquid cooling industry. See What is the difference between acetal and plexi?
EK's Advanced Compression Fitting. Comes in many varieties and doesn't need any clamps to secure the tubing.
Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). See Plexi.
Air flow is a movement of air, usually generated by any form of fan. The higher the airflow, the better the performance.
Air Flow Fan:
See Case Fan.
A biological growth in the poorly maintaned liquid cooling loop. Can smell badly.
The base material for budget friendly custom loop products found in the EK Fluid Gaming lineup.
Graphical anomalies, usually caused by physical damage or unstable overclock of GPU or RAM IC.
Water block or cold head/plate is the part of the liquid cooling loop which draws the heat from the PC components.
Refers to the curvature of the contact surface of water blocks (usually in reference to CPU blocks). The bow angle and type (concave/convex) can be changed depending on the application and is intentionally designed as such.
Usually a term, associted with connecting multiple graphics cards water blocks (i.e. Full Cover) together with a single manifold. EK uses two different types. See FC FC Bridge CSQ and FC Terminal.
A cooling fan, intended for ventilation of PC chassis. Built for high air flow but does not generate much static pressure. Not recommended for radiator cooling.
Short for Cooling Configurator, EK's renown compatibility list website.
A heat pump which cools the cooling liquid (see: coolant) below the ambient temperature, usually utilizing a vapor-compression refrigeration unit to chill the liquid. For experts only.
A term to denote motherboard's main logic, originally consisting of South Bridge and North Bridge. On most modern motherboards North Bridge is integrated into CPU. See NB, SB.
Custom Loop Configurator, EK's renown complete liquid cooling system builder.
Computerized Numeric Control; usually stands for CNC mills, the main machining tool of the trade by which products are made.
A combined unit with pump and reservoir within the same assembly. Sometimes called "pump/res combo".
A term denoting electrical conductivity of the liquid cooling medium (coolant). Coolants have very low electrical conductivity.
Cooling liquid; a mixture of corrosion / algae inhibiting chemicals and distilled water for use in PC liquid cooling.
The base material for core enthusiast EK products with very high thermal conductivity.
The process of gradual destruction of (dissimilar) metals by chemical reaction with their environment. Can be effectively inhibited using coolants.
Central Processing Unit; the main microprocessor of the computer.
The Circle SQuare design by EK, introduced in summer of 2012. Radical, stirred a lot of hell but still loved by many. Full Cover CSQ blocks (now called Original CSQ) use EK-FC Bridge CSQ system. Modders love to polish these!
A renowned cylindrical high flow liquid cooling pump from Laing/Xylem. Quiet and powerful.
A dual 5.25" drive bay slot occupying reservoir or pump/reservoir combo unit.
A renowned square-shaped tiny, yet very powerful high pressure liquid cooling pump from Laing/Xylem.
Delid / De-lid:
A process of removing microprocessor's integrated heat spreader (IHS) in order to obtain better cooling performance by improving the heat transfer.
Commercial trade name for POM. See Acetal.
Delta / Delta T:
The difference between two temperature readouts; usually stands for temperature difference between ambient- and liquid (water) temperature. The lower the delta, the better the cooling system.
EK's translucent flexible clear tubing. The most durable PVC tubing on the market with excellent UVA/UVB/UVC aging resistance.
EK Fluid Gaming:
EK's latest lineup of custom liquid cooling kits with patent pending technology base on aluminum alloy
A type of high quality industrial grade rubber, used in EK ZMT tubing. See ZMT.
A machine element that constrains relative motion to only the desired motion, and reduces friction between moving parts. Ball bearing is more audible in operation than sleeve bearing but much more durable and reliable.
Optional loop component for easier filling and emptying of the liquid cooling system. Personal taste.
A quantifiable value of how fast the pump is running the liquid through the cooling loop. The flow rate is measured using electronic flow meters. I.e. »what's your flow rate?«.
Pre-soldering surface treatment/cleaning agent, usually found present in radiators.
A motherboard water block (kit) that cools all vital parts - VRM, SB/PCH and also NB if present.
Full Copper / Full Nickel:
A term used by EK to describe a water block, which is completely made of copper and copper alloys. Usually flagship performance CPU block.
A graphics card water block that cools GPU, RAM IC and also VRM. There are also variants that only cool GPU and RAM IC.
Glycol (ethylene and propylene):
Corrosion inhibiting additives found in coolants. Also very effective against algae growth. Ethylene gycol by itself is very toxic and is mixed with detox additives in modern coolants.
A term invented by the community to describe the rotated (90° clock-wise) installation orientation of the CPU water block.
Graphics processing unit - the graphics card processor. Also common (but incorrect) use as a description of complete graphics / video card.
An unknown thick build up in liquid cooling loop, consisting of debris, insoluble chemicals and/or organic growth.
EK's Hard tube compression fittings. Just like with ACF fittings, the compression ring (collar) prevents the tube from being removed from the fitting.
EK's High Flow Barbs fitting. Comes in many variants, requires hose clamp or adequate substitute for safest operation.
Integrated Heat Spreader; usually a plated copper cover plate which protects microprocessors from (spot) overheating. Can be soldered or glued to microprocessor.
Part of Supremacy EVO/MX CPU water block internal flow streamer. There are different inserts, optimized for different CPU platforms.
Indigo Xtreme, a renowned phase change alloy TIM.
A nozzle within a water block which increases the liquid flow velocity in order to further aid cooling performance.
Kit refers to a pre-configured set of liquid cooling components for a CPU cooling loop. Tucked in a neat packaging and comes with easy-to-follow intuitive installation guide. Ready to be expanded at any moment.
Short for liquid cooling loop / circuit, which consists of water block, radiator (with fan), pump and reservoir.
EK's system RAM (memory modules) liquid cooling system.
A motherboard all-in-one water block, which cools CPU, VRM as well as PCH (SB). Requires very little effort to get it running in comparision to traditional multi-block arrangement.
A field-emiting transistor, crucial part of VRM. Also stands for motherboard VRM water blocks (i.e. "a mosfet block").
A hold-down plate, specific for each CPU socket or GPU hole spacing pattern. Exchangeable mounting plates allow the same water block to fit many platforms.
North Bridge is a part of motherboard's chipset, which consists of NB and SB. Modern motherboards do not have NB (as NB is integrated into CPU) but rather a PCH.
High quality industrial grade synthetic CR rubber. Rarely used for tubing.
A fine, thin layer of electrolitically deposited nickel on the bare copper base. Improves the look and prevents copper tarnishing.
High quality industrial grade synthetic rubber. A notch better chemical resistance than EPDM but very expensive.
Naturally occuring reaction between metal and oxygen in the presence of water or air moisture. Practically impossible to prevent. Not the same as corrosion.
Describes the liquid flow distribution. In parallel connection every liquid cooling block receives only a portion of the total flow rate. Not recommended for blocks with dissimiliar pressure drop characteristics. Large parallel flow loops may result in a low partial flow rates through water blocks.
A gorgeous opaque looking coolant, based on zinc oxide which comes in many colours. Excellent cooling- and corrosion preventing characteristics to boot!
Printed circuit board with electricals interconnects which houses the electrical components, such as microchips, capacitors, resistors etc. Often referred to graphics cards and motherboards, i.e. »what PCB version is your MSI GTX 970?«.
Platform Controller Hub is a motherboard's chipset. Intel's term. Also known as SB.
Polyethylene terephthalate glycol. Plastic material, a popular choice for hard (solid) tubing, an alternative to Acrylic.
Translucent acrylic glass material, a popular choice in the liquid cooling industry. See What is the difference between acetal and plexi?
A threaded plug for closing of unused ports on the liquid cooling gear.
Polyoxymethylene. See Acetal.
The maximum pumping height of a liquid cooling pump with no flow at all, not achievable under normal circumstances. The higher the value, the more suitable is the pump for big liquid cooling loop with water blocks in serial connection.
The hydraulic pressure difference seen between the input and output of a cooling component. The higher the flow rates, the higher the pressure drop. Pressure drop is a function of restriction, which is due to differences in general construction.
Polyvinyl chloride, with addition of plasticizers a popular material for soft translucent tubing. See Plasticizer and Tubing.
Pulse-Width Modulation, modern duty cycle control allowing fans and pumps to perform on demand. Unlike voltage control PWM control actually lowers power draw.
Quick DisConnect fitting; allows disconnecting parts of the loop for replacement or maintenance without draining the coolant.
Short for liquid cooling radiator.
A cooling fan, intended for cooling of radiators (i.e. Vardar). Also known as High Static Pressure Fan. Generates high static pressure but produces less air flow. Not ideal for chassis ventilation (see Case Fan).
A term to denote the general amount of radiator surface (cooling) area. See What size radiator do I need for my system?
Memory chips, may be either on the graphics cards or standalone memory modules.
Short for reservoir.
South Bridge is a part of motherboard's chipset, which consists of NB and SB. SB portion carries USB, SATA and other periphery controllers. See PCH.
A single 5.25" drive bay slot occupying reservoir or pump/reservoir combo unit.
Describes the liquid flow distribution. In serial connection every liquid cooling block has the same flow rate. Large serial flow loops may result in a big pressure drop.
EK's super quiet water pump in a form factor of the renown DDC. Great performance for a single CPU+GPU loop and great value for money!
A metallic threaded spacer used to prevent over tightening and subsequent damage to the computer hardware, mostly motherboards and graphics cards.
Pressure generated by the cooling fan at zero flow conditions. Liquid cooling radiators operate best when combined with high static pressure fans.
Static Pressure Fan:
See Rad(iator) Fan.
A term usually associated with copper and brass surfaces changing hue and turning dark. See Oxidation.
The thermal design power (TDP), sometimes called thermal design point, is the maximum amount of heat generated by the CPU that the cooling system in a computer is required to dissipate in typical operation.
Thermo-electric component, also known as Peltier cooler (freezer). An electric solid-state heat pump with no moving parts, which uses two dissimiliar metals to transfer the heat from one side of the device to another and can create temperature difference up to 70°C. Rarely used these days due to inefficiency of the TEC at higher heat loads.
Short for temperature (i.e. "what are your temps?")
Known also as FC Terminal – an end-piece to every GPU water block, made from POM Acetal. Can be replaced by a multitude of different Terminal interconnect end-pieces in order to connect two or more GPUs without extra fittings.
Thermal interface material or thermal grease. Used to improve thermal contact between water blocks and microprocessors.
The hose through which the cooling medium (coolant) is transferred from one liquid cooling loop component to another. Comes in many sizes, colors and materials. See PVC and EPDM.
EK in-house designed and engineered flagship performance high-static pressure cooling fan.
Voltage Regulation Module is a power delivery system of a computer component. Usually requires active cooling, especially on the modern high power graphics cards. See Mosfet.
Expendable Liquid Cooling. EK's all-in-one lineup of products that can be easily expanded with the use of QDC.
EK improved volute liquid cooling pump with integrated reservoir. A combo unit (Pump + Res) for less hassle.
EK improved volute liquid cooling pump. Comes with functionally improved housing and mounting. More performance and easier handling than factory pumps.
EPDM matte black industrial grade tubing which contains no plasticizer. Zero Maintenance Tubing. See EPDM and Plasticizer.