EK Unveils AM5 Compatibility Roadmap for All CPU Cooling Products

EK, the industry leader in high-end water cooling for PC products, wants to inform existing and prospective customers about the compatibility of our existing cooling solutions with the highly anticipated AMD Socket AM5 platform. Compared to Socket AM4, the backplate mounting hole pattern is still 54 x 90mm and it uses UNC 6-32 threads, but the AM5 motherboards now have an integrated CPU socket backplate. The stock backplate is best left untouched, as removing it also means messing around with the CPU loading mechanism and exposing the socket pins. To avoid such risks, some EK products need to be updated, but fear not, as compatibility is regulated for all existing EK products.

All current AIO coolers in the EK family of products support the Ryzen 7000 series processors and Socket AM5 motherboards completely out of the box. The integrated UNC 6-32 spacers are compatible with the new AM5 CPU socket backplate.

Fully Compatible EK AIOs:

  • EK-AIO Basic 240
  • EK-AIO Basic 360
  • EK-AIO 120 D-RGB
  • EK-AIO 240 D-RGB
  • EK-AIO 280 D-RGB
  • EK-AIO 360 D-RGB
  • EK-AIO Elite 280 D-RGB
  • EK-AIO Elite 360 ​​D-RGB
  • EK-AIO Elite Aurum 360 D-RGB

In addition, the next generation of EK-Nucleus AIO coolers fully support the AMD AM5 socket. The Lux versions of the European Championship Nucleus AIOs will be shipped before the end of this year.

Fully compatible European Championship Nucleus AIOs:

  • EC Nucleus AIO CR120 Lux D-RGB
  • EC-Nucleus AIO CR240 Lux D-RGB
  • EC Nucleus AIO CR360 Lux D-RGB
  • EK-Nucleus AIO CR240 Vision D-RGB
  • EC Nucleus AIO CR360 Vision D-RGB

The original Velocity and now legacy waterblock will also not be forgotten and will have its own chance to find a home in future AM5-based builds. EK will provide a set of waterblock spacers that work with the integrated AM5 socket backplate, allowing the original Velocity waterblock to be used on Socket AM5 motherboards. The availability of these spacers is not yet specified, but you will probably be able to find them on the EK webshop towards the end of the month and get them at a symbolic price.

Affected EK-Quantum Velocity Products:

  • EK-Quantum Velocity D-RGB – AMD Nickel + Plexi
  • EK-Quantum Velocity D-RGB – AMD Nickel + Acetal
  • EK-Quantum Velocity D-RGB – AMD Nickel + Frosted Plexi
  • EK-Quantum Velocity – AMD Nickel + Plexi
  • EK Quantum Speed ​​- AMD Nickel + Acetal
  • EK-Quantum Velocity Honor D-RGB – AMD Black Nickel + Stars & Stripes
  • EK-Quantum Velocity Strike RGB – Matte Black + Silver
  • EK-Quantum Velocity Strike D-RGB – Black Nickel + Black

While Velocity² waterblocks are designed to be socket-specific, owners of AM4 waterblock versions are offered an upgrade kit to prevent their EK-Quantum Velocity² AM4 waterblocks from ending up like paperweights. The upgrade kit is in the form of a backplate that requires the customer to remove the standard AM5 backplate. While this is not recommended and should only be handled by experienced users at their own risk, it still feels like the right decision to offer customers such an option. EK will do its best to prepare a detailed guide on how the user can perform the backplate swap, minimizing the risk of damaging the CPU socket pins.

Given the small difference in coldplate thickness between AM4 and AM5 and the need to tinker with the CPU socket backplate, it is recommended to just opt ​​for the Socket AM5 version of the EK-Quantum Velocity² waterblock. Even AMD itself presented that the AM5 socket is long-lasting (2025+), which is another argument that supports this claim. The availability of the EK-ExactMount AM4 to AM5 backplate has not yet been specified, but should be on the EK website by the end of the month.

Regarding EK-Quantum Velocity² AM4 products:

  • EK-Quantum Velocity² D-RGB – AM4 Nickel + Plexi
  • EK-Quantum Velocity² D-RGB – AM4 Nickel + Acetal
  • EK-Quantum Velocity² D-RGB – AM4 Copper + Acetal
  • EK-Quantum Velocity² D-RGB – AM4 Nickel + Satin Titanium
  • EK-Quantum Velocity² D-RGB – AM4 Full Nickel
  • EK-Quantum Velocity² D-RGB – AM4 Nickel + Gold
  • EK-Quantum Velocity² – AM4 Lignum Edition – Walnut

While Magnitude CPU waterblocks are also socket-specific, the AM4 version will have no trouble handling anything the Ryzen 7000 series CPUs throw at them. EK will provide a set of waterblock spacers for the Magnitude, making it compatible with the integrated AM5 socket backplate and thus suitable for use on AM5 socket motherboards. The availability of these spacers is not specified yet, but you should be able to find them on the EK website by the end of the month and get them at a token price. EK-Quantum Magnitude AM4 water blocks assembled from this point come with the added AM5 compatible spacers. We will also update the product pages to address AM5 compatibility.

Regarding EK-Quantum Magnitude AM4 products:

  • EK-Quantum Magnitude D-RGB – AM4 Nickel + Plexi
  • EK-Quantum Magnitude D-RGB – AM4 Nickel + Acetal
  • EK quantum magnitude – AM4 all nickel
  • EK quantum magnitude – AM4 copper + acetal
  • EK-Quantum Magnitude – AM4 Lignum Edition – Walnut

Another legacy EK product that still packs a punch when it comes to cooling. Although the Classic Supremacy AMD waterblock is EOL, all owners of this waterblock can migrate directly to Socket AM5 motherboards. The offered Classic AMD mounting kit available in EK store can transform any Intel based EK-Classic Supremacy CPU waterblock into AM5 compatible product.

EK-Classic AM5 Upgrade Kit for Intel-based Supremacy:

  • EK-Classic mounting kit – AMD

EK’s latest generation of CPU waterblocks, Velocity², already has an AM5-specific model that you can pre-order. The cooling motor of these AM5-specific waterblocks has been optimized to get all the possible cooling to push the new Ryzen 7000 series CPUs to new heights.

These new mounting systems will be a state-of-the-art one-piece product with no additional screws, brackets, backplates, etc. The spring-loaded Torx screws are integrated into the waterblock and screw counterclockwise into the standard backplate of the motherboard. We’ve also implemented another foolproof mechanism: a failsafe stop. When the screws and springs are in the optimal position, they will lock and prevent the user from over-tightening the waterblock and possibly damaging the motherboard and/or CPU.

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