NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 40XX graphics cards have finally been announced with the initial release confirmed for the 4090 on October 12th. With this in mind, therefore, many enthusiasts are clearly eager to get their hands on the new RTX 4090 which is said to be 2-4X as powerful as the current generation 3090 Ti.
However, with great power comes great heat. EK – the leading premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer – is ready to combat this side effect for more FPS and offer EK-Quantum Vector² water blocks from the get-go to ensure enthusiasts can squeeze every ounce of power from the Ada Lovelace architecture. The Founders Edition from NVIDIA is the first PCB to be fully covered by Vector². Active Backplate solutions will also be offered for those who want the best cooling possible, effectively sandwiching their 40-series GPU between two water blocks linked with a single terminal.
The EK-Quantum Vector² FE RTX 4090 is a liquid cooling solution that is actually a set of a Vector² series water block, black-anodized aluminium backplate, and a custom-made single slot PCIe bracket in a single package. As with the previous 30-series Vector² water blocks, the look is dominated by minimalistic straight lines and the backplate coming around the side of the GPU to cover the PCB fully.
The Vector² cooling engine combines the jet plate with a 3D-machined Plexi insert to improve flow distribution and thermal performance. This cooling engine is based on an Open Split-Flow cooling engine design, which proved to be a superior solution for GPU water blocks. It 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. EK took great care to achieve a symmetrical flow domain by utilizing an internal bridge to secondary components. This was done to ensure the cooling of secondary components without sacrificing flow distribution over the GPU core.
All Vector² GPU water blocks use a thick 11 mm copper cold plate with a directly attached acetal terminal and a robust single O-ring top design. This simple construction provides confidence during customization and maintenance. Two distinctive and unique D-RGB lighting options are now available to complement the material choice of the product: Nickel + Plexi and Nickel + Acetal. Both versions include a black-anodized aluminium backplate and a base that is CNC-machined out of nickel-plated electrolytic copper.
On the Plexi version, the D-RGB LED lighting is deployed on the longest edge of the water block for improved uniformity and brightness. The PCB and diodes are concealed inside a clean aluminium extrusion.
On the Acetal version, a dense D-RGB LED strip illuminates the parting line of the stand-out element on both sides of the block. This subtle effect allows vivid displays of colour while the block remains entirely black.
Tactile magnetic covers are used to conceal the terminal screws, which allows rotating the branding when the GPU is inverted inside the case.
The GPU water blocks have a specific cutout that enables users to use the included multi-use tool to decouple the PCIe safety on the motherboard and easily unplug their GPU. The same tool also detaches the power cable more easily and tightens the standoffs.
EK-Quantum Vector² Backplate
Each Vector² water block comes with a CNC-machined black-anodized backplate. Captive nickel-plated mounting screws are included with these backplates to replace the original black screws. The backplate has a new L-shaped profile that touches the base of the water block and encloses the entire GPU while increasing the cooling surface, leading to even better performance. By connecting to the water block, which is far more efficient at heat transfer, performance is further increased.
Captive backplate screws simplify installation, ensuring the correct length is always used where it is needed to avoid any user error or second-guessing.
EK-Matrix7 standardizes the dimensions of the products, including the port position and spacing, making liquid cooling loop assembly more intuitive and easy. All Vector² products feature full EK-Matrix7 compliance in every axis, ensuring easy integration and alignment with all other EK-Matrix7 products. This brings perfect alignment of ports in both horizontal and vertical positions, meaning less time spent planning the loop, bending tubes, etc., with the end result being an epic build.
EK-Quantum Vector² FE RTX 4090 water blocks, backplates, and active backplates are compatible with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition GPU. The EK Cooling Configurator will be updated regularly with AIB partner PCBs and models as new info comes in. EK plans to provide all popular AIB models with their own water blocks to ensure customers have a wide range of choices depending on their preferred brand or requirements in the graphics card size.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 GPU
The GeForce RTX 4090 from NVIDIA is just as massive as its predecessor, the RTX 3090 Founders Edition. Power is delivered through a PCIe Gen 5.0 12VHPWR connector that comes with the new ATX 3.0 power supplies. It is built on TSMC’s 4N manufacturing process, which significantly lowers the die size, enables 3 GHz+ clocks, and increases thermal density.
This monster GPU has a total of 96 MB of L2 cache will ensure ample memory to avoid going to GDDR6X every time, thus saving precious time and bandwidth.
Regarding VRAM specs, the GeForce RTX 4090 boasts 24 GB GDDR6X. A small and powerful die with 76 billion transistors will greatly benefit from increased cooling of custom loop solutions.
The EK-Quantum Vector² FE RTX 4090 water blocks with included backplates and single slot PCIe brackets are available for pre-order through EK Webshop and Partner resellers albeit, at the time of writing, EK is unable to confirm an exact release date. – If you would, however, like to learn more about this and other EKWB products, you can check out their official website via the link here!
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