EK-Quantum Velocity² D-RGB – New LGA 1700 CPU Water Block Ready for Alder Lake
After the long reign of the most popular water block on the market, the EK-Quantum Velocity, it’s time to push the boundaries yet again and step into the future. Enter the next generation EK® Quantum Line water block – the EK-Quantum Velocity². The water block showcases the EK-Matrix7 initiative, a standard where increments of 7mm manage the height of products and the distance between ports. This product uses a socket-specific cooling engine to ensure the best performance and optimal flow with low restrictions on every platform. Three years after the original Velocity water block launch, EK is officially launching the Velocity² 1700, which is engineered for the Intel® LGA 1700 socket and Alder Lake series desktop processors. Other Velocity² CPU water blocks will also follow shortly, tuned specifically for each CPU socket and IHS geometry on the market.
EK-Quantum Velocity² D-RGB – 1700
This new water block kept the name “Velocity” because it retained the ability to be responsive and agile in the world of liquid cooling. Embedded in the Velocity² is a next-generation EK CPU water block cooling engine that is socket-specific. A combination of mounting pressure and cold plate geometry, tailored for the IHS and die layout of Intel LGA 1700 socket processors, is used to achieve low hydraulic flow restriction and high performance. Thе lathe-turned cold plate is made with precision to cover the IHS effectively and put optimal pressure on the die area.
EK-Quantum Velocity² was redesigned inside and out. A new, patent-pending EK-Exact Mount mounting system was developed in the search for an easy-to-use but aesthetically pleasing mounting mechanism. It’s made up of only three pieces – the backplate, mounting screws, and the water block itself. It’s screwed in from the back, allowing for a seamless and clean front aesthetic without any screws disrupting the harmony of shape. The system uses pre-tensioned springs concealed in the water block top, so with just a few turns of the thumb-nuts, the installation is finished, and you get the exact mounting pressure needed.
The LGA 1700 version made for Alder Lake CPUs comes in 5 variants:
- Nickel + Plexi
- Nickel + Acetal
- Full Nickel
- Nickel + Satin Titanium
- Copper + Acetal
From left to right: Copper + Acetal, Nickel + Plexi, Nickel + Satin Titanium, Full Nickel, Nickel + Acetal
These variations are based on aesthetics and have almost no impact on performance. The cold plate is manufactured out of the highest-grade 99.99% pure electrolytic copper, machined with precision for the best possible contact and heat transfer which is further nickel-plated, except with the Copper + Acetal version which uses a bare copper cold plate.
The EK-Quantum Velocity² is an EK-Matrix7 certified product. The EK-Matrix7 is a convenient product raster that adds a new dimension to PC liquid cooling, where increments of 7mm manage the height of products and the distance between ports. This improves product alignment and reduces the time spent planning the loop and bending tubes. Through the meticulous planning of our products, building a liquid-cooled PC becomes easy and fun, just like toy bricks.
New EK-Quantum Velocity² series CPU water blocks are socket-specific, compatible only with Intel LGA 1700 socket and Alder Lake CPUs.
EK-Quantum Velocity² D-RGB – 1700 CPU water blocks are equipped with 14 D-RGB LEDs. Models with the clear Acrylic top are entirely lit, while the solid-top options have sophisticated light beams cutting across them. They are compatible with all popular addressable RGB sync technologies from all major motherboard manufacturers. The arrow marking on the 3-pin D-RGB LED connector is aligned with the +5V marking on the addressable RGB header.
Availability and Pricing
The EK-Quantum Velocity² series water blocks are made in Slovenia, Europe, and are available for pre-order through the EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network. Nickel + Plexi model is expected to start shipping in mid-November 2021, with the other models following later that month. In the table below you can see the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) with VAT included.