If you were lucky enough to get your hands on the latest graphics cards from AMD, despite the shortage, the next thing to worry about is how to keep the card cool. Luckily, EKWB has released its second-gen EK-Quantum Vector TUF water blocks for ASUS TUF AMD Radeon RX 6800/6900 Series graphics cards.
The EK-Quantum Vector TUF water blocks are based on an Open Split-Flow cooling engine design. The main highlight of this cooling engine design is the low hydraulic flow restriction which allows the block to function with weaker pumps or at low pumping powers. Moreover, EK has also optimized jet plate and fin structure geometry which increases flow distribution and coolant flow orientation. The company recommends pairing the block with an aluminum retention backplate which will improve the aesthetics of the card and provide better cooling for the card’s component. EK offers two types of back plates: anodized black or nickel-plated.
A nickel-plated electrolytic copper has been CNC-machined to manufacture the block while the top plate is made of glass-like cast Acrylic or durable black POM acetal. The block also has EPDM O-rings installed to ensure no coolant is leaked. EK has also preinstalled Brass standoffs to ease installation. Besides this, a D-RGB LED strip is also provided at the block’s end piece that houses 9 individually addressable RGB LEDs and a LED-lit terminal.
The TUF block supports the following ASUS TUF graphic cards: TUF-RX6800-O16G-GAMING, TUF-RX6800XT-O16G-GAMING, and TUF-RX6900XT-O16G-GAMING.
You can preorder the nickel-plexi and nickel-acetal for $184.99 and $179.99, respectively, while nickel and anodized black backplate are available for preorder for $52.89 and $45.99, respectively. Both the block and black plates are expected to arrive in early May.