EKWB Announces EK-MLC Phoenix AIO: Modular and Expandable Liquid Cooling Familyby Joe Shields on November 29, 2017 3:00 PM EST
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This week EKWB has taken the wraps off of a new lineup of pre-filled products for liquid cooling, which the company is naming the MLC Phoenix family. The Phoenix lineup was created to cater to customers who may be unwilling to assemble a full custom loop, or simply do not have time to maintain a custom loop but still would like a premium cooling solution. Its modular design allows for ease of expansion for using any one of several of its pre-filled water blocks. All of the Phoenix products utilize zero-drop quick disconnect couplings between parts to allow for quick and spill-free changes of the water-cooling loop.
The loop will consist of at least two parts. First is the radiator core module containing the pump and radiator, then your cooling modules of choice, either CPU or Video Card modules, or, both. The radiator core module, a high-fin density EK-CoolStream radiator, comes pre-filled and includes the pump, as well as high-static pressure EK-Varder EVO fans. Unique to this setup, the radiator core modules include an integrated fan splitter hub to help reduce cable clutter. The pump and fans plug into the hub with only one PWM cable need to be plugged into the CPU fan header and one SATA Molex power cable (we are assuming this is SATA power). The radiator core modules have five options: 120mm, 240mm, 360mm, 140mm, and 280mm so there is to fit most cooling and space needs.
The CPU Cooling modules come in two flavors, one made for Intel and AM4 systems, and another designed specifically for the large AMD Threadripper CPUs. The Intel/AM4 solution supports Intel LGA1150/1151/1155/1156/2011-3/2066 sockets while the sTR4 model is compatible with AMD SocketTR4 (Socket SP3r2) and AMD Socket SP3 based motherboards. EK states the pre-filled CPU cooling module is based on the EK-Supremacy series of water blocks, comes with an error-preventing mounting mechanism for an easier installation, have low hydraulic restriction, and of course mates perfectly with all EK-MLC Phoenix radiator core modules.
As for the EK-MLC GPU cooling modules, there are 23 to choose from with more being added. These are designed to fit NVIDIA and AMD cards from the Geforce GTX 1070 to the TitanX Pascal on the NVIDIA side, Radeon RX Vega cards on the AMD side. The blocks are made from high-purity copper and directly cool the GPU, RAM (HBM2), and well as the VRM. It has a central inlet split-flow cooling engine designed for good hydraulic performance for use with its other MLC Phoenix parts. All blocks are equipped with a rotary terminal allowing the integrated tubing to rotate on their mount point for more flexibility when routing the loop. Most all EK-MLC GPU cooling module full cover blocks are available in Nickel Plexi and Nickel Acetal versions with the base of the blocks made of nickel plated electrolytic copper. The plexi variants also have two pre-drilled slots for 3mm LED diodes. All EK-MLC parts will come with a two-year warranty.
All EK-MLC products are currently available for pre-order through the EK-MLC configurator with shipping to start Monday, December 4th.
|EKWB Phoenix MLC AIO Family|
|CPU Cooling Modules||MSRP (incl. VAT) / USD|
|EK-MLC Phoenix CPU Module - Intel/AM4||66.90€ / $79.99|
|EK-CoolStream SE 560||59.90€ / $69.90|
|Radiator Core Modules|
|EK-MLC Phoenix 120 Radiator Core Module||139.90€ / $149.90|
|EK-MLC Phoenix 240 Radiator Core Module||169.90€ / $179.99|
|EK-MLC Phoenix 360 Radiator Core Module||189.90€ / $194.99|
|EK-MLC Phoenix 140 Radiator Core Module||159.90€ / $169.99|
|EK-MLC Phoenix 280 Radiator Core Module||189.90€ / $189.99|
|GPU Cooling Modules|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC Titan X Pascal - Nickel||134.90€ / $144.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC 1080 GTX Ti - Nickel||134.90€ / $144.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC 1080 GTX Ti Strix - Nickel||145.90€ / $155.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC Geforce GTX FE - Nickel||124.90€ / $135.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC Radeon Vega - Nickel||134.90€ / $144.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC 1080 GTX Ti FTW3 - Nickel||134.90€ / $144.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC 1080 GTX Ti Aorus - Nickel||129.90€ / $139.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC 1080 GTX Strix - Nickel||145.90€ / $155.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC 1080 GTX TF6 - Nickel||134.90€ / $144.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC 1080 GTX - Nickel||124.90€ / $135.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC 1080 GTX G1 - Nickel||129.90€ / $139.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC 1080 GTX FTW2 - Nickel||134.90€ / $144.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC 1070 GTX - Nickel||124.90€ / $135.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC 1080 GTX Ti TF6 - Acetal + Nickel||135.90€ / $145.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module - FC 1080 GTX Ti - Acetal + Nickel||124.90€ / $135.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC 1080 GTX Ti Strix - Acetal + Nickel||145.90€ / $155.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC Radeon Vega - Acetal + Nickel||134.90€ / $144.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC Geforce GTX FE - Acetal + Nickel||124.90€ / $135.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC 1080 GTX Ti FTW3 - Acetal + Nickel||134.90€ / $144.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC 1080 GTX Ti Aorus - Acetal + Nickel||129.90€ / $139.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC Titan X Pascal - Acetal + Nickel||134.90€ / $144.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC 1080 GTX TF6 - Acetal + Nickel||134.90€ / $144.99|
|EK-MLC GPU Module FC 1080 GTX G1 - Acetal + Nickel||129.90€ / $139.99|
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JoeyJoJo123 - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - linkLooks pretty interesting.
Kind of wondering if the pricing is accurate on the 140/280 radiator models, because if so, that makes them rather cheap compared to the 120/240/360 models.
EK-MLC Phoenix 140 Radiator Core Module 139.90€ / $149.90
EK-MLC Phoenix 280 Radiator Core Module 139.90€ / $149.90
Also kind of wondering what power cable it uses. The article states SATA Molex, but a SATA power cable header is different from the 4-pin Molex power cable header.
"The pump and fans plug into the hub with only one PWM cable need to be plugged into the CPU fan header and one SATA Molex power cable."
Also, kind of interested if it works or is even sensible to be used with multiple "Radiator Core" modules in the loop.
dgingeri - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - linkOn NewEgg, the 280 is $20 more than the 240. So, I think this was a bad copy/paste.
Joe Shields - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - linkHey Joey! Great catch! I have updated the table.
As far as the power cable. The article itself states "SATA Molex" however we believe it to be SATA power cable. I checked the manual and didn't see anything helpful. We are going to reach out for clarification and will report back.
Lord of the Bored - Thursday, November 30, 2017 - linkIt looks to me like it has an adapter cable with a 2-pin molex connector on one end and a SATA power connector on the other.
Aikouka - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - linkThe prices don't seem too bad when you consider that quick disconnect fittings aren't that cheap. Although, the GPU blocks don't come with backplates, and EKWB charges around $30-50 for a compatible backplate.
My only question is how noisy is the pump. Back when I'd do custom loops, I'd usually stick with D5 variants due to their lower noise when run at about 50-60%. If this is similar to EKWB's SPC pump, it shouldn't be too bad.
WatcherCK - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - linkLiking the plug and go nature of this, someone without much experience with closed loops could get their system converted without much work... But a question for experienced clc builders out there would the cpu block and the gpu blocks also come prefilled with liquid? You have a Phoenix radiator add a cpu block component you have increased the volume of your loop without adding any liquid to it, add a gpu block and its the same situation the only way (to me) it would work would be either the blocks are prefilled which will make shipping interesting or you need to add additional liquid post build which raises the required skill level again...
One other question, EKWB coolstream radiators are they good? Ive heard they are well built what comes in above them in terms of quality? (need to rewatch some singularity computing clips :) )
abhaxus - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - linkAt least with the predator, the previous generation of this, the assumption was that the end user would be capable of filling the unit themselves. There were pretty decent video guides on how to do so on their site.
WatcherCK - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - linkLooks like each component block comes with an expansion balloon, that is removed when joining the connections in the loop, also the loop combinations are a maximum of one radiator and two blocks (cpu + gpu or gpu + gpu) anything more and you are going full custom I guess...
edzieba - Friday, December 1, 2017 - linkThis was looking like a great solution for semi-custom loops in SFF (QD connectons make taking side panels off easier without excess tube length or needing to detach the waterblocks)... but the pump bubo on the radiator rather than on the CPU block means they won't fit in any actually SFF case.