EK apol­o­gises for Thread­rip­per blocks


Wa­ter-cool­ing kit man­u­fac­turer EK has is­sued an of­fi­cial apol­ogy for the per­for­mance of its first-gen­er­a­tion of wa­terblocks for AMD’s TR4 Thread­rip­per plat­form. EK’s orig­i­nal Supremacy Evo TR4 block had a stan­dard-sized CPU wa­terblock in the mid­dle of a TR4-sized plate, mean­ing the wa­terblock wasn’t di­rectly po­si­tioned over ei­ther of the dies un­der a Thread­rip­per heat­spreader.

Ac­cord­ing to EK’s state­ment, the de­ci­sion was ‘a re­sult of an over­sight from our side al­most a year ago’, and the com­pany will be dis­count­ing its first-gen­er­a­tion TR4 wa­terblocks as a re­sult. How­ever, the com­pany also claims to have now solved the prob­lem by en­gi­neer­ing a new cold plate with a much larger fin area, specif­i­cally de­signed to cool the two dies in a large TR4 pack­age. If you pur­chased an EK Supremacy Thread­rip­per wa­terblock be­fore 24 Novem­ber, 2017, then you’re also en­ti­tled to a €25 coupon code.

New blocks

Old TR4 block

New fin area

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