EK, the premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is releasing a unique pump-reservoir-water block combo for Intel 12th Gen Core CPUs and LGA 1700 socket-based motherboards. It features the latest socket-specific EK-Quantum Velocity² cooling engine, while the CPU water block has an integrated DDC 4.2 PWM pump that is cooled by the metal part of the water block acting as a heatsink. The combo is the perfect companion for ITX (SFF) builds where space for a dedicated pump and reservoir is an issue. This product effectively combined four different products into a single small enclosure for ultimate space-saving.
The product combines a Velocity² CPU water block, a genuine DDC 4.2 PWM pump with a reservoir, and a DDC heatsink. All this is contained in an assembly significantly smaller than the sum of its parts. A total of four products in a footprint of a hefty CPU water block that fits perfectly. EK-Quantum Velocity² series CPU water blocks embed the next-generation cooling engine. They use a specific combination of mounting pressure and coldplate geometry tailored for the IHS and die layout of Intel LGA 1700 socket processors. Low hydraulic flow restriction enables these products to be used in setups with weaker water pumps or lower pump speeds for added silent operation while still being able to easily achieve top performance. The lathe-turned coldplate is made with precision to cover the IHS effectively and put pressure on the die area.
With this water block, you will not require a dedicated reservoir, as it incorporates a small reservoir to ease the filling process and ensure the water-lubricated DDC pump always has sufficient coolant not to run dry. It has two G1/4″ fill ports to account for both vertical and horizontal motherboard mounting and two sets of inlets and outlets.
The coldplate is manufactured out of the highest-grade, 99.99%-pure electrolytic copper, machined with precision for the best possible contact and heat transfer, and is further nickel-plated. The middle section is made of glass-like cast acrylic that is CNC-machined. On top of it stands the DDC pump with the block top made of CNC-machined nickel-plated brass.
Since DDC pumps benefit from additional cooling to ensure longer life and fewer issues, the nickel-plated brass top is used as a heatsink for the pump housing, with the heat being transferred away from the pump via thermal pads. The brass top features two fill ports, while the two sets of G1/4″ inlets and outlets are located on the side of the block made of durable black acetal.
EK-Quantum Velocity² Patent-pending Mounting
EK-Exact Mount is a patent-pending mounting system designed and engineered by EK in the search for an easy-to-use and aesthetically pleasing mounting mechanism. It comprises 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, so you can finish the installation and get the exact mounting pressure needed with just a few turns of the thumb nuts.
New EK-Quantum Velocity² 1700 CPU water blocks are socket-specific, compatible only with Intel LGA1700 sockets and Alder Lake CPUs.
This product is 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 to be aligned with the +5V marking on the D-RGB header. The block’s middle section is made of glass-like acrylic and lit with 14 addressable LEDs.
Availability and Pricing
The EK-Quantum Velocity² DDC 4.2 PWM D-RGB – 1700 Nickel + Plexi combo water blocks are made in Slovenia, Europe, and are available for pre-order through the EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network. The Nickel + Plexi model is expected to start shipping in late October 2022. The table below shows the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) with VAT included.
MSRP: 329.90€, including VAT.
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