EKWB Now Offers Active Backplates for RTX 3080, 3090 Reference GPUs

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    chalky Member Guru

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    Very nice of Nvidia, not only you have to pay lots of money to water cool the front of the card they made the back hotter so there is more money for companies to make to cool the back, these back plate coolers are nearly as expensive as the front, it is indeed sad to be a gamer these days now is the time to get a console just glad i got my RTX 3090 for only £1450.00 and will be the last time i upgrade any of my pc will gradually go over to the console very sad days
     
  3. Cave Waverider

    Cave Waverider Maha Guru

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    Awesome! I hope they make a Strix version of it soon so I can cool my card properly. :)
     
  4. kakiharaFRS

    kakiharaFRS Master Guru

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    buying one

    I currently run an Alphacool Aurora Plexi GPX-N RTX 3080/3090
    does it cool the gpu ok ? yes
    was the price better than EK ? yes
    is it pretty ? no it's fugly
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    too many washers, plexi looks very opaque and white-ish the rgb is unusable it's a simple VERY visible led strip (some things need to stay hidden) making cnc work (on the right) super obvious
    the led strip makes rgb unusable in horizontal placement, and vertically...not sure who'd want to see that horror (especially lit with the cnc showing)
    and....the backplate to memory contact on a 3090 is really bad the thermal pads don't all have the right thickness, it's worrying me
     
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  5. Sycuss_MoO

    Sycuss_MoO Member Guru

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    From what i remember reading the STRIX and FTW3 are next then the Founders Edition.
     
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  6. Cave Waverider

    Cave Waverider Maha Guru

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    Awesome, I'll wait for it then. I was going to get a Kryographics with active backplate (which uses a heatpipe so I prefer EK's solution anyway), but I can't find it anywhere around here.
    EK blocks seem to be much more available around these parts, so I hope I'll be able to fetch that block and backplate here before the summer (I want to put in a custom loop in time for the first heat wave). I need to buy some other Watecooling parts anyway, so far I only have the distro plate/pump that came with my case (I'm still looking to find a couple of white 360mm Radiators that fit the O11 Dynamic XL case and Koolance QD3s in stock somewhere, CPU blocks seem to be available in relative abundance, though, not sure which one I'll get, perhaps something white like Corsair's XC7 if that is any good - I haven't built a custom loop since the early 2000s - back then there weren't many options - so I'm really a bit out of the loop on what's good and where to buy parts in the EU right now).
     
  7. jura11

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    Hi there

    If you are in EU then I really recommend get parts through the Aliexpress, I have built several loops with parts from Aliexpress

    For fittings I use Barrow or Bykski exclusively, for GPU waterblocks I'm now using Bykski waterblocks and I'm very happy with them and performance they're surprisingly good, I'm getting 36-38°C on KPE XOC BIOS capped at 65-70% and VRAM temperatures in gaming won't break 60°C with 1495MHz OC on VRAM and 105MHz OC on core, in normal rendering temperatures won't break 30-32°C now

    For CPU block, Heatkiller IV Pro is my favourite with Aquacomputer Kryos Next and Optimus waterblock

    Just O11 Dynamic XL is not the best case for water cooling, but that's my view on that

    Hope this helps

    Thanks, Jura
     
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    To be clear, cooling the back is completely optional and is more of an esthetic choice that a necessity. If you dont want to drop money for a back block then dont.
     
  9. kakiharaFRS

    kakiharaFRS Master Guru

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    agree to disagree, the backplate is one of the main heat sources left in my water cooled computer, the one cooking my memory sticks and going straight into the top radiator and motherboard vrm/pch heatsink which is irrelevant on most intels but not on TRX40 threadripper as the large VRM/PCH heatsink on top is hot enough already (thus the active chipset fan)
    (it's why before I went liquid cooling on TR I had a weird bottom/top intake and front/rear exhaust config temps and even benchmark scores were better and I tried all the configs you can imagine in my case 500+ benchmarks too)

    versus my old air cooler that would burn my finger my current water cooler has lowered the backplate heat but it's still there and I don't want it
    my vision of liquid cooling is that all heat must be exhausted outside of the case, so if I can lower the backplate temp from it's current 50-60 Im' all for it (air cooled it reached 80+°C)
     
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  10. DeskStar

    DeskStar Maha Guru

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    Does anyone have any information on how this performs?

    In comparison to say optimus and their blocks?

    About to slap on my Optimus block some time this week and would love to know how viable this truly is.
     

  11. kakiharaFRS

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    too soon Desk Star maybe a youtuber will do it ? part isn't available yet in retail, pre-order 1st deliveries starting april
    I pre-ordered you can count on me to be as harsh on it as I was with the alphacool if it gives no benefits, is badly designed or doesn't look good ;)

    won't be able to tell you about eventual perf increase as my card is power limited I found a 390watts firmware but it's several revisions older than my current :/ maybe EK will give a block to DerBauer to test :p
     
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    Apologies for the late reply. If your computer works as intended without cooling the back of your gpu then it is optional. But I can relate with your desire to water cool everything
     

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