Finally, EKWB Made Full Cover X399 Waterblocks
X399 has been around for a while now, and adoption of the new platform has been pretty great in the enthusiast community being so much cheaper than Intel’s X299 platform. But many have felt a lack of support from various companies, especially the likes of EKWB, in terms of accessories as well as waterblocks. Their very own Threadripper CPU block was lacking severely in performance due to it not cover the entire IHS, and until now you could only get full cover X399 monoblocks for the Asus Zenith Extreme, one of the top of the line motherboards for X399.
Finally, EK made an announcement and released the new full cover motherboard blocks for MSI and Gigabyte boards, still no word on ASRock though. New blocks include the “EK-FB MSI X399 Gaming RGB Monoblock” and the “EK-FB GA X399 Gaming RGB Monoblock”. Obvious the former being for MSI boards. The MSI X399 edition works on both the MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC and the MSI X399 SLI Plus (the cheapest Threadripper motherboard currently available), the only two MSI X399 boards currently in existence. The Gigabyte works on the Gigabyte X399 Aorus Gaming 7, and the Gigabyte X399 Designare EX, again the only two from Gigabyte in existence for X399.
Both blocks cover the entire CPU IHS as well as the power delivery (VRM) system, at least for the most part. They are also the standard G1/4 thread, and of course, come with thermal paste (Thermal Grizzly Hydronaut in specific) as well as thermal pads for the VRMs. Also included on both blocks are RGB lights, each of which being designed for the respective RGB controllers on each board, but they are also removable so if you prefer a more subdued look you can get rid of them.
They are both currently available for an MSRP of $139.99, but as we know pricing on water cooling products varies a lot, so as of the time of writing each one is just over $170.
Now EK just needs to make a monoblock for ASRock boards, especially the X399 Professional Gaming as it’s the only one with 10-gigabit ethernet built in (that’s the board I use, so of course they should make one just for me).