EK, the manufacturer of high-performance liquid cooling equipment, is releasing a unique pump-reservoir-waterblock combination for Intel 12th Gen Core CPUs and LGA 1700 socket-based motherboards. It features the latest socket-specific EK-Quantum Velocity² cooling motor, while the CPU water block has an integrated DDC 4.2 PWM pump that is cooled by the metal part of the water block that acts as a heat sink. 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 true DDC 4.2 PWM pump with a reservoir and a DDC heatsink. All this is contained in an assembly that is considerably 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 integrate the next-generation cooling engine. They use a specific combination of mounting pressure and cold plate geometry that is matched to the IHS and die layout of Intel LGA 1700 socket processors. The low hydraulic flow limitation allows these products to be used in setups with weaker water pumps or lower pump speeds for extra quiet operation while still providing top performance with ease. The lathe turned coldplate is precision crafted to effectively cover the IHS and apply pressure to the mold area.
With this water block you don’t need a special reservoir, because it contains a small reservoir to facilitate the filling process and ensure that the water-lubricated DDC pump always has enough coolant to avoid running dry. It has two G1/4″ fill ports to accommodate for both vertical and horizontal motherboard mounting and two sets of inputs and outputs.
The cold plate is made of the highest quality, 99.99% pure electrolytic copper, precision machined for the best possible contact and heat transfer, and is further nickel plated. The center section is made of glass-like cast acrylic that is CNC machined. On top of that is the DDC pump with the block top made of CNC-machined nickel-plated brass.
Because DDC pumps benefit from additional cooling to ensure longer life and fewer problems, the nickel-plated brass top is used as a heat sink for the pump housing, dissipating heat from the pump via thermal pads. The brass top has two fill ports, while the two sets of G1/4″ inlets and outlets are on the side of the block, made from durable black acetal.
EK-Quantum Velocity² Patent Pending Mount
EK-Exact Mount is a patent-pending mounting system designed and developed by EK in the quest for an easy-to-use and aesthetically pleasing mounting mechanism. It consists of only three parts: the back plate, mounting screws and the water block itself. It is screwed in from the back, allowing for a seamless and clean aesthetic at the front without screws interfering with the harmony of form. The system uses preloaded springs hidden in the water block so you can complete the installation and get the exact mounting pressure needed with just a few turns of the wing nuts.
New EK-Quantum Velocity² 1700 CPU waterblocks are socket-specific, only compatible 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 mark on the 3-pin D-RGB LED connector must align with the +5V mark on the D-RGB header. The center section of the block is made of glass-like acrylic and illuminated with 14 addressable LEDs.
Availability and prices
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 ship at the end of October 2022. The table below shows the manufacturer’s recommended retail price (MSRP) including VAT.
Recommended retail price: € 329.90, including VAT.
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