EK’s GPU Water Block for the Aorus Xtreme/Master RTX 30 Series Is Ready

EK, the leading computer cooling solutions provider, is ready to offer its premium high-performance GPU water block for the AORUS Xtreme and Master editions of the GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards – the EK-Quantum Vector Xtreme RTX 3080/3090 D-RGB.

The new water block is one of the larger ones in the 3000 series, so make sure your PC case can accommodate it. It’s 150.5mm wide and 295mm long, and cools all critical components on the GPU’s printed circuit board. This gives the water block a market advantage of having a clean design, showing off all of the cooling liquid, and cooling each and every necessary component.

The EK-Quantum Vector Xtreme RTX 3080/3090 water block is compatible with AORUS Xtreme and Master RTX 3080 and 3090 graphics cards. It actively cools the GPU core, top-mounted VRAM, power stages, and chokes in the VRM section. Clean, symmetrically shaped, optimized flow paths 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 currently available products on the market.

The base of the water block is CNC-machined out of nickel-plated high-grade 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 acetal terminals. 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 Xtreme RTX 3080/3090

Card Name
Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3080 Xtreme 10G (GV-N3080AORUS X-10GD)
Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3090 Xtreme 24G (GV-N3090AORUS X-24GD)
Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3080 Master 10G (GV-N3080AORUS M-10GD) (rev. 1.0)
Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3080 Master 10G (GV-N3080AORUS M-10GD) (rev. 2.0)
Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3090 Master 24G (GV-N3090AORUS M-24GD) (rev. 1.0)
Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3090 Master 24G (GV-N3090AORUS M-24GD) (rev. 2.0)

D-RGB Lighting on EK-Quantum Vector Xtreme RTX 3080/3090 D-RGB
The aesthetic end-piece is housing the addressable D-RGB LED strip. These water blocks boast a total of 8 individually addressable RGB LEDs and are 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 Xtreme 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, rear-mounted VRAM on the 3090 cards, and backside of the printed circuit board VRM section on AORUS Xtreme and AORUS Master GPUs.

Availability and Pricing
The EK-Quantum Vector Xtreme 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. These water blocks and backplates are expected to ship out in late May 2021. In the table below, you can see the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP).

Name MSRP
EK-Quantum Vector Xtreme RTX 3080/3090 D-RGB – Nickel + Plexi 174.90€
EK-Quantum Vector Xtreme RTX 3080/3090 D-RGB – Nickel + Acetal 169.90€
EK-Quantum Vector Xtreme RTX 3080/3090 Backplate – Black 47.90€
EK-Quantum Vector Xtreme RTX 3080/3090 Backplate – Nickel 52.90€

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