Meet the Latest EK Water Blocks for TUF RTX 3080 and 3090 Variants
EK®, the leading computer cooling solutions provider, is ready to offer its premium high-performance GPU water block for the ASUS® TUF edition of NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX™ 30 Series graphics cards. This new water block is named EK-Quantum Vector TUF RTX 3080/3090 D-RGB, and it is exclusively engineered for the ASUS TUF RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 GPUs.
An EK Water Block for TUF GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 Graphics Cards
The new water block has a smaller footprint than ROG Strix cards, which makes it a better fit for smaller form factors PCs. It’s 148mm wide and 267mm long and cools all key components on the GPU’s printed circuit board. This gives the water block advantage on the market of having a clean design, showing off all of the cooling liquid, and cooling all of the necessary components.
The EK-Quantum Vector TUF RTX 3080/3090 water block is compatible with ASUS TUF RTX 3080 and 3090 graphics cards. This Vector water block actively cools the GPU, top-facing VRAM, MOSFETs in the VRM section, and PWM controller. Using such a design – that is in contact with every single inductor on the PCB – minimizes the chances of any potential coil whine.
These newly developed TUF water blocks feature clean, symmetrically-shaped, optimized flow paths that reduce hydrodynamic instabilities and vortexing (dead spots) inside of them.
An Open Split-Flow cooling engine design is implemented, which proved to be a superior solution for GPU water blocks. It is characterized by low hydraulic flow restriction, meaning it can be used with weaker water pumps or pumps running on low-speed settings, and still achieve top performance. The jet plate and fin structure geometry have been optimized to provide even flow distribution with minimal losses and optimal performance when used in any given coolant flow orientation, unlike some products that are currently available on the market.
Fin array is populated by 25 microfins with 0.6mm wide microchannels that provide optimal cooling performance, without unnecessary flow restrictions or clogging hazards.
The base of the water block is CNC-machined out of nickel-plated electrolytic copper, while its top is CNC-machined either out of glass-like cast Acrylic or durable black POM acetal. The 2nd generation Vector GPU water blocks also feature plexi and acetal terminals that match the top cover material. The watertight sealing is ensured by high-quality EPDM O-rings, while brass standoffs are already pre-installed and allow for a safe and easy installation procedure.
Current Compatibility List for EK-Quantum Vector TUF RTX 3080/3090
|ASUS TUF RTX 3090 24G Gaming|
|ASUS TUF RTX 3080 10G Gaming|
We recommend that you refer to the EK Cooling Configurator for a precise compatibility match. We are checking compatible graphics cards and adding them to the database daily.
D-RGB Lighting on the EK-Quantum Vector TUF RTX 3080/3090 D-RGB
The aesthetic end-piece is housing the addressable D-RGB LED strip. This water block boasts a total of 6 individually addressable RGB LEDs, and it is compatible with popular RGB sync technologies from all major motherboard manufacturers. The arrow marking on the 3-pin D-RGB LED connector is to be aligned with the +5V marking on the D-RGB (addressable) header.
Backplate for the TUF RTX 3080/3090 Water Block
EK recommends the purchase of a retention backplate, which improves the overall aesthetics of your graphics cards, and also provides additional passive cooling for the GPU core, backside VRAM on the 3090 cards, and backside of the printed circuit board VRM section.
Upcoming NVIDIA RTX 30 Series Water Blocks
There are probably a lot of questions about other RTX 30 Series water blocks as well – for the AIB cards and Founders Edition especially. EK water blocks for EVGA XC3 Series graphics cards will follow in a matter of weeks, while the Founders Edition water blocks will take a bit longer since EK is preparing something really special for those graphics cards.
Availability and Pricing
The EK-Quantum Vector TUF RTX 3080/3090 full-cover water blocks and backplates are made and assembled in Slovenia, Europe, and are available for pre-order through the EK Webshop and dedicated reseller network. The water blocks and backplates are expected to ship out late October. In the table below, you can see the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP).