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Clean look wrapped in the Define R6 case by Fractal Design. Originally the Rig of the Month on guru3d.com for January 2021 before receiving EK® treatment by our in-house specialist. Most tweaks are made for ease of assembly while staying faithful to the original design as much as possible.


Understand the Build

The clean look might seem simple, but it is only possible through careful use of angled rotary adapters applied to both radiators to line up all the tubing. On the top radiator, an EK-AF Classic Angled 90° in combination with an EK-Quantum Torque Rotary 90° is used on both ports, which worked out perfectly to line up the tubing with the CPU and the GPU ports. The CPU and GPU ports therefore only require an EK-Quantum Torque Rotary 90° in each port, and the tubing can be fixed in with the EK-Quantum Torque HDC 12 fittings. The front radiator has a 90° rotary adapter installed on the backside and the combination of Static Extender MF 7 + 90° rotary + 2x EK-Quantum Torque Rotary 45° on the front side. The front side is then connected to the EK-Quantum Kinetic TBE 200 D5 PWM D-RGB – Acetal pump combo unit. On the outlet port of the combo, a 90°rotary adapter is used and, on the inlet, an EK-Quantum Torque Rotary T-Splitter is used to also incorporate a drain, which is hidden from view by the PSU shroud.

The Drain

Drain consist of:

  • EK-Quantum Torque Extender Rotary MM 14 +
  • EK-AF Ball Valve (10mm) G1/4 +
  • EK-Quantum Torque Rotary 90° +
  • EK-Quantum Torque STC-10/13 +
  • EK-DuraClear 9,5/12,7mm soft tubing +
  • EK-Quantum Torque STC-10/13 +
  • EK-AF Pass-Through G1/4 +
  • EK-Quantum Torque Plug w/Badge

With that, no actual tube bending is required as this build is achieved with the EK-Loop Hard Tube 12mm 0.8m Pre-Bent 90° - Acrylic tubing. No excuses then not to go with this hard tubing build.

Other Components

A powerful D5 pump combo is held in place on the front radiator with an EK-UNI Pump Bracket (120mm FAN) Vertical. And on top of the combo, original plugs are replaced with the ones with black covers. The front radiator is an EK-CoolStream XE 360 and the top one is an EK-CoolStream SE 360. For silent but effective airflow, six black EK-Vardar EVO 120ER D-RGB fans are used to dissipate the heat and keep your PC cool.

A Velocity block in the build is available for Intel or AMD systems. An Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti reference GPU is mounted to an OEM Fractal vertical GPU holder and cooled by an EK-Quantum Vector RE RTX 3080/3090 D-RGB - Nickel + Plexi. Due to the GPU position, most GPU models and EK GPU blocks will fit with no additional parts needed.

Add Your Own Touch

Adding some color to the build is easy. The EK-CryoFuel Navy Blue coolant with a combination of EK-Quantum Torque HDC 12 Blue Color Rings does the job, and D-RGB lighting magic takes care of the rest.

You can personalize your own build with different coolant and ring colors. Or even go with a different finish on the fittings. This build features a black acetal stick-out ring on the pump combo instead of the white translucent one. This almost eliminates the D-RGB lighting on the pump combo and leaves just a tiny hint of blue in the gap between the stick-out and the pump bottom. Thumbnuts on the CPU block are also replaced in this version of the build with black ones from the acetal CPU block.

Hardware used in this example build:

  • PC Case: Define R6 - Fractal Design
  • Motherboard: ASUS® ROG Strix X570-E Gaming
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (Reference design)
  • RAM: Kingston HyperX Predator
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
  • Riser: Fractal
  • Cables: CableMod Black

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Check your GPU for a compatible block HERE
  • Choose the correct CPU block for your platform HERE
  • Depending on the motherboard used, the CPU socket might not be in the same horizontal position. Offset fittings are needed to help you align the tubing horizontally.
  • The front radiator is a tight fit and thus needs to be put in first.
  • To replicate the owner’s mod, black thumb-nuts on the CPU block and black stick-out on the TBE combo unit must be purchased separately through the support ticket.
  • Check your motherboard for available D-RGB and PWM headers. Choose the proper cable accessories for the D-RGB and PWM connection of the EK-Loop products accordingly.
  • Do not use chemicals or alcohol on Acrylic/Plexi surfaces.
  • Do not use acidic preparations or chemicals to clean your loop.
  • Contact our Customer Support if you have any questions.

Content of this kit is only for EK products listed, and not for the PC or its hardware components.

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