MSI makes some of the best aftermarket graphics cards around and the updated Trio air cooler design is a big part of that success. Still, sometimes you want the temperatures that only liquid cooling can truly provide. For those people, EKWB has announced today that it is releasing MSI Gaming X Trio water blocks for both the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti.
The EK-Vector Trio RTX water blocks are fully compatible for MSI’s Gaming X Trio RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti GPUs. The blocks themselves are built to take advantage of EK’s signature single slot design while covering the full length of the PCB. MSI Mystic Light compliant RGB LEDs are included in this one too, adding an extra touch of customisation to your water cooling loop. As is standard nowadays, the waterblock is clear, so you can see the coolant running through.
MSI’s Gaming X GPUs are factory overclocked but putting them under water, with coolant being used to keep critical core, VRAM and VRM temperatures in check, you’ll likely be able to push speeds even further.
The base of the block is CNC machined out of nickel-plated electrolytic copper, while the top is machined out of acrylic. Sealing is all taken care of by EPDM O-rings and brass standoffs come pre-installed to ensure easy installation of the block. These blocks use an open split-flow cooling design, so it can still work well with weaker water pumps or pumps on low-speed settings.
An EKWB Vector Trio backplate is also available, which will add some additional passive cooling to the back of the card.
As you would expect, these blocks are only rated for compatibility with the MSI Gaming Trio GeForce RTX 2080Ti and RTX 2080. The blocks will start shipping on the 12th of April, with prices starting at €149.90 for the Nickel + Acetal version and €154.90 for the Nickel + Plexi version. For backplates, you’ll be looking at an extra €39.90 for the standard black version or €47.90 for the nickel version.
KitGuru Says: I’m currently using an EKWB waterblock on my GTX 1080Ti and I’m quite happy with it so far. Are any of you planning on putting together a custom watercooling loop this year?