TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,252 Reviews & Articles | 40,820 News Posts
TRENDING NOW: Sony teases PlayStation 5 could be a cloud-based console

EK Water Blocks EK-FC7950[EN] Full Cover GPU Water Block Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

With a new test video card in the system, EK Water Blocks steps up to the plate to deliver the first full coverage GPU water block to test with my HIS Radeon HD 7950.

| CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 28, 2012 6:29 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: EK Water Blocks

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

TweakTown image content/4/7/4731_01_ek_water_blocks_ek_fc7950_en_full_cover_gpu_water_block_review.png

 

I know the captured image is a lot less of a chart than it is an inclusion list and a bit of additional information. From what I could find on the EKWB site this is the best they had to offer, so after reading what is in that image we can get to the details of the EK-FC7950[EN] as well as the other included goodies.

 

The [EN] at the end of the EK-FC7950 name denotes that I have the electrolytic copper block that has an electro-less nickel plating applied to all of the copper surfaces after the block is milled. This is a full cover block, so the GPU, memory and VRM are all actively cooled with this block as well. Flipping the block over, since mine has the "plexi" or acrylic top, you can see most of what is going on above the block. Water enters the block through a G1/4" threaded fitting, passes through nineteen slits cut into the block to cool the GPU. Once through that the coolant travels into the acrylic top, under a stainless steel plate to cool the VRM, while all this time actively cooling the memory ICs as well. The coolant then returns through the acrylic top back into the nickel plated block on its way to exit the other side of the block.

 

As for the additional goods sent along, I asked for the EK-FC7950 Backplate to add strength to the PCB as well as the fact that it offers passive cooling for the VRM section on top of the PCB. I was also shipped a pair of 1000mL bottles of UV blue EK-Ekoolant to use for testing. This coolant is made to help fight the issues they had with plating last year as well as being anti-corrosive with mixed metals it has anti-algae additives as well. I wasn't given any fittings or barbs and even though they recommend the use of their own parts, the BitsPower parts I had on hand worked just fine. I also got a t-shirt with their name and logo on it, just to add a bit of swag to the box.

 

There are plenty of locations over the pond to obtain this block; even EK is selling them for €94.94 including VAT. Looking around I see that it does pay to shop around on that side of the ocean as well; I see this block listed as low as €74.87 inc. VAT. As for the people on this side of the Atlantic, I will say choices are quite a bit slimmer and the cheapest I could find was a $116.10 listing at Aquatuning, but that doesn't include anything, tax or shipping where applicable.

 

Be prepared to spend a bit more to get this block, but I think by the time we see what is all involved with the EK-FC7950[EN] and the other components along with the thermal results, you will find it is well worth the initial investment.

Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more Cases, Cooling & PSU content at our Cases, Cooling & PSU reviews, guides and articles index page.

Do you get our RSS feed? Get It!

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases