EK EXPO | CES 2021: Unlocking the Technology
EK®, the leading computer cooling solutions provider, will be present as an official exhibitor at CES® 2021, as this important tech industry event is taking place in a digital form this year. Parallel to CES, EK is hosting its second virtual event, the EK EXPO, to present new exciting products and technologies and show the progress they made in the past few months since 2020 was a very busy year on the PC hardware market.
EK EXPO is officially starting today and lasting until January 14, 2021. If you are interested in the content that EK has prepared, you can check out this Press Release with the event program.
Even though 2020 was a difficult year across the globe, EK still managed to expand and grow. You can expect to see more products that are not only water blocks for PCs but also liquid cooling solutions for beginners and industry professionals. Here are some of the most important product releases and announcements.
EK Fluid Works Liquid-Cooled Workstations
An important and new venture for EK is launching a complete lineup of fully liquid-cooled workstation PCs. When developing Fluid Works workstations, EK managed to push the boundaries of computing performance and thermal management in a desktop form factor. These user-serviceable and user-expendable, fully liquid-cooled, professional workstations can be configured with up to seven GPUs and are designed for the most intensive professional visualization and data science workloads.
All EK Fluid Works PCs are classified into two series – Studio and Compute. Based on your work requirements, you can choose from different configuration options, whether you’re looking for a perfect PC solution for your professional visualization studio or the most compute-intensive deep learning and AI modeling applications.
Besides the three other available product series (S3000, S5000, X5000), the X7000 model is the carrier of the Compute Series and the overall flagship of the Fluid Works product line. These are top-tier, fully liquid-cooled professional workstations delivered with up to seven GPUs and are designed for the most intensive data science operations – from Deep Learning to the most advanced AI. Besides the easy GPU expansion – thanks to the Quick Disconnect Couplings and pre-filled GPU/water block assemblies – these workstations also offer expandable storage – something that can only be found in servers. With hot-swap storage, you can take out an SSD to replace it or safely transfer the data somewhere else. You can even opt for a dual-CPU system when choosing your configuration.
To find out more about EK Fluid Works, please visit www.ekfluidworks.com.
EK was also busy working with several major vendors from the PC industry and is pleased to announce new and exciting projects and products.
EK-Quantum MSI MPG Z590 Carbon EK X
The MSI MPG Z590 CARBON EK X is a next-generation liquid-cooled motherboard. It is based on the latest Z590 chipset from Intel®, supporting Intel’s next Gen Core processors. The product’s ideology hasn’t changed – it is meant to pack quality components, offer ample connectivity for gamers, and efficient cooling for those high boost clocks.
For more info regarding this motherboard and cooling solution, check out: https://www.ekwb.com/custom-loop/ek-quantum-msi-mpg-carbon-z590-ek-x/
ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Extreme Glacial – EK & ASUS Collaboration
Tuned and created in partnership with the cooling industry leader, EK, the ROG Maximus XIII Extreme Glacial implements a complete motherboard cooling solution. The base of this Ultrablock is made of 99.99% pure electrolytic copper. The combination of hardware, integrated liquid cooling, and software features enables the user to extract maximum performance out of next-gen Intel® Core processor. Actively cooling the VRM also opens the door to higher and more stable overclocking capabilities.
For more information about this motherboard, please check out https://rog.asus.com/motherboards/rog-maximus/rog-maximus-xiii-extreme-glacial-model/
New PowerColor Liquid Devil Series GPUs
PowerColor® and EK teamed up to create the fastest AMD® Radeon™ RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT models on the market. New PowerColor Liquid Devil Series is powered by the revolutionary AMD RDNA™ 2 with Raytracing support, groundbreaking AMD Infinity Cache, and up to 16GB of dedicated GDDR6 memory. It delivers an outstanding gaming experience while running with zero noise at the lowest temperatures. All that comes with a beautifully designed, high performance, full-cover EK water block.
And here’s the Quantum product line with the new releases and product announcements.
EK-Quantum Torque Fittings Expansion
EK has developed brand new EK-Quantum Torque 90° and 45° FF adapter fittings. Tight bends don’t have to be tight bends anymore! Using an FF angled adapter fitting means eliminating the radius of the bend, and therefore the possibility to make bends without actual bending.
Another essential novelty is the drain valve. It has a cap to keep it nice and clean in your build, and it is operated with a simple sliding movement for opening and closing. It’s smaller than the old ball valve, and it has one male thread to be directly installed anywhere, without the need for additional adapters.
There are also three new types of Torque-style plugs – some small ones, which are a bit taller to allow for a solid grip, and the bigger ones that are stylish and flat. The third kind is also flat and has an Allen key socket. This one also comes with an EK badge, which can be used to cover up the socket.
A Brand New Active Backplate Cooling Solution
To show that they are still the king in the ring when it comes to custom loop PC liquid cooling, during the EXPO, EK will also show their approach to active backplate cooling for graphics cards. They have the first proper active backplate cooling solution that is integrated seamlessly, in a way that doesn’t require awkward soft tubing connections.
Since the PCB itself is basically a huge heatsink – it has several layers of copper that make up all electrical traces – it is great at absorbing heat from all of the components on the PCB. Removing excess heat from the PCB will lower the overall temperature of all the components on it, even those that are not directly cooled.
With the newest power-hungry GPUs that have their components densely packed, every additional cooling is very welcome since lower temperatures also allow higher overclocks and more GPU boost. And with flagship graphics cards, like the RTX 3090 that has video memory placed on the PCB’s backside, it makes even more sense to use additional cooling.
Another thing is the benefit of thermal pads between the PCB and the backplate since it reduces coil whine. Thermal pads act as absorbers – they are soft and could lessen the coil whine caused by the vibration of the inductor coils. Having a small water block on the backside of the GPU makes the whole assembly sturdier compared to only having a standard backplate, which in turn acts as a better absorber of vibrations.
O11D External Cooling Unit
This is a case-specific external cooling solution, the first of its kind on the market, designed for the Lian Li O11 Dynamic case. If you are one of those who are frequently upgrading your PC with the latest hardware, you might find yourself in need of more cooling power. New CPUs and GPUs are just increasing in core count and power, which means more cooling is more than welcome.
EK’s external cooling solution seamlessly integrates with the case, using the stock case feet from the O11, thus providing an aesthetically unified external cooling solution. The unit has a built-in D5 and a small distribution plate that channels the coolant between the two radiators that can be mounted inside. A blocking plate for the pump will be an option for those who already have a pump inside their case.
EK Concept Case With a Desk and Wall Mount
This is an open frame modular case that supports adding an extra radiator mount and can be the perfect display solution for your liquid-cooled PC. It offers a standardized VESA mount on its backside, meaning that you can hook it up on the wall or even use regular TV or monitor arm-style mount to move it around. The case design also supports a unique mounting system on the bottom that allows the user to mount it to the backside of the desk. Of course, while using it on a wall mount, this part can be removed.
All of these latest product announcements are reason enough to visit the EK EXPO, along with the exciting program EK has prepared for you. So head over to www.ekwb.com/expo to sign up for the latest event updates because the show is about to start today at 10 AM PST / 7 PM CET.