EK Announces EK-Quantum Vector² Water Block for PowerColor Red Devil AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX

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EK has announced the EK-Quantum Vector² Red Devil RX 7900 XTX D-RGB, the premium cooling solutions provider’s first EK-Quantum Vector² RX 7900 XTX water block for an AIB partner Radeon RX 7000 Series GPU, able to effortlessly solve the issue of excessive heat generation during high load on the GPU and allowing it to achieve the best performance with minimum noise, according to the company.

The EK-Quantum Vector² Red Devil RX 7900 XTX D-RGB – Nickel + Plexi water block is now available for pre-order through Partner resellers and the EK Webshop, where it’s been listed for 259.90€.

It will start shipping out in late January 2023 with the following contents, including a black, full-coverage backplate:

  • A high-performance GPU water block of the latest generation
  • Premium quality CNC-machined backplate
  • Mounting mechanism
  • Thermal paste
  • Thermal pads
  • GPU and PCI power cable release tool
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EK-Quantum Vector² Red Devil RX 7900 XTX D-RGB – Nickel + Plexi

In contrast to other Vector² water blocks, the cooling engine has been rotated by 90°, making the fins perpendicular to the die, which is optimal for the chiplet design. For optimal delta, the coolant flows over the graphics core die first and then goes over the memory cache die, resulting in all MCDs getting the coolant of the same temperature.

This liquid cooling solution encompasses a Vector² series water block and a black-anodized aluminum backplate in the same package. Like the rest of the Vector² series water blocks, its looks are dominated by minimalistic straight lines and the backplate coming around the side of the GPU to cover the PCB in its entirety.

A single O-ring design creates the seal between the coldplate and the water block top, reducing the number of failure points and providing confidence during customization and maintenance. Tactile magnetic covers conceal the terminal screws, allowing the branding to rotate when the GPU is inverted inside the case.

The Vector² cooling engine combines the jet plate with a 3D-machined Plexi insert to improve flow distribution and thermal performance. It is based on the Open Split-Flow cooling engine design, which proved to be a superior solution for the GPU water blocks. The cooling engine is characterized by low hydraulic flow restriction, meaning it can be used with weaker water pumps or pumps running on low-speed settings and still achieve top performance.

The new water block actively cools the GCD, VRAM, power stages, inductors, voltage controllers, and MCDs. On the other hand, the backplate passively cools the PCB hotspots on the backside of the GPU core, VRAM, and VRM (voltage regulation module).

The implemented Vector² cooling engine uses a novel 3D-machined acrylic insert to improve flow distribution and thermal performance. The asymmetric shape of the jet insert helps distribute an even flow between the first and last copper fins, while the fin structure geometry has been optimized to provide even flow distribution with minimal losses and enable optimal performance even in reversed water flow scenarios.

EK-Quantum Vector² Backplate

Each Vector² water block comes with a CNC-machined black-anodized backplate. The backplates also include captive nickel-plated mounting screws to replace the original black ones. It has a new L-shaped profile that comes in contact with the water block’s base and encloses the entire GPU, thus increasing the cooling surface and providing even better performance. This connection with the water block, which is far more efficient at heat transfer, enables a further increase in performance.

Captive backplate screws simplify installation, ensuring the correct length is always used where necessary to avoid mistakes and second-guessing.

EK-Matrix7 Standard

Even though this cooling solution is a tailor-made Special Edition product, it is still an EK-Matrix7 foundation water block.

Matrix7 standardizes the dimensions of water-cooling products, including the port position and spacing, making liquid cooling loop assembly easier and more intuitive. EK-Quantum Vector² GPU water blocks follow the EK-Matrix7 standard, seamlessly integrating with EK-Reflection² distribution plates. This enables perfect port alignment in both horizontal and vertical positions, meaning less time is spent planning the loop and bending the tubes, with the final result still being an epic build.

EK has recommended prospective buyers to check out the EK Cooling Configurator first to ensure a precise compatibility match.

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Tsing Mui
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