EKWB has released a special edition waterblock compatible with the Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition graphics card. Available in both silver and black, the EK-Quantum Vector FE RTX 3080 D-RGB waterblocks come with two types of connection terminals and feature a significantly larger fin area compared to other Vector waterblocks.
According to EK, the Quantum Vector FE RTX 3080 D-RGB waterblocks are “the most complex GPU cooling solution” developed by the company due to the small size and shape of the RTX 3080 FE's PCB. Made of thick copper for increased cooling capacity and cover all the PCB components, these waterblocks use EK's largest cooling engine ever built.
The EK-Quantum Vector FE RTX 3080 D-RGB waterblocks are “CNC-machined without mass-production techniques” from a 12mm thick piece of electrolytic copper. After this process, the block is nickel plated to improve its cooling efficiency. On the other hand, the top is CNC-machined out of a glass-like cast acrylic material and the outer shell is made of a 20mm thick aluminium, which is then anodized in silver or black. The single-slot I/O shield included in the packaging comes with special screws to uniformly distribute the weight.
These waterblocks come with two sets of connection terminals included for increased versatility: one terminal has two G1/4″ ports on the side, while the other has four G1/4″ ports passing through the block. The new design employed in these blocks allows the terminal to be directly attached to the copper cold plate, resulting in a sturdier construction.
These RTX 3080 waterblocks were designed to cool the graphics cards' critical components directly (GPU, VRAM, VRM) and reduce the chance of coil whine and instabilities. The built-in Open Split-Flow engine allows you to use them even with weaker pumps thanks to their low hydraulic flow restriction.
The black Quantum Vector FE RTX 3080 D-RGB waterblock comes with a silver backplate, while the silver Quantum Vector FE RTX 3080 D-RGB waterblock features a black backplate. Both have a “ribbed” design to increase the surface area, delivering improved passive cooling.
Kitguru says: Were you waiting for EK's RTX 3080 Founder Edition waterblocks? Are you going to pick one up?