- EK A240G
Last week many packages arrived but before having a chance to properly unbox them I had to head away to Beauleiu for the weekend. But on the plus side I did encounter several relevant cars in the motor museum so once again lets start with some automotive inspiration, this time my pics too! Firstly this 2010 McLaren Mercedes MP4/21 in it's very German livery.
Also relatively recent was this straight six Honda CBX motorcycle, I disapprove of the philips head screws however the castings, chrome, bright silver paint and black frame were an instant reminder.
Perhaps sharing the most similarities was the 1930 Bentley 4.5 Litre Supercharged with it's humongous blower and drum brakes, no doubt slightly on the heavy side knowing British engineering of that period.
By far my favourite car on display this 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster, maybe followed up by the Gulf 917.
Just wandering among the former land speed record holders when the lights came up over this 1920 Sunbeam 350hp and I noticed the fan positioned ahead of the radiator. How original that fitment is i'm not sure, at speed it would seem redundant but an instant trigger back to the land of PC's.
And of course what was waiting for me to open when I returned home.
Just like in other EK-Kits i've had lots of normal retail boxes and some rather more interesting mystery boxes.
Like this spooky water block.
And the unmarked box of many things.
The second layer was just a bit more eventful with this awesome Alu Supremacy, not quite an MX duplicate I was pleasantly surprised.
Cheeky SPC always welcome, these things are so quiet and compact.
Right, what's left. What haven't we seen yet...
Ooooh a block and a backplate!
Many many things from just one of these little boxes. Each piece so neatly formed.
Right lets take a look at the stuff with the board, whiiich is about the only thing I have, no CPU
An epic match though.
Right time to get a whole lot more abstract with the photography as we explore this new GPU block. I mean, all the other parts are excellent but this really is a significant and impressive piece of engineering. I saw a prototype many months ago, I liked it instantly but didn't look too hard, the cavities were interesting and the compound angles achieved on the edges were really special. But it wasn't until I looked straight through that I realized it was an extrusion, no parallel boxes but epicly inclined planes and edges... take a really close look.
Also really could not match the board finish and style any better at all.
One minor oddity were the little acetal stop plugs, I expected aluminium versions of the conventional EK plug but also pleased they were slotted, just in case I do end up using them.
So much hype now, I just want all the bits!
Just to accelerate things I found all my old parts and cleaned them up.
Perfect gold, another accent for the plethora of metals on show. I've had it so long now little parts of the coating are wearing where it fits into cases, looks just like it's been through a season of races.
One thing that became increasingly apparent today was that everything is very black, perhaps a disproportionate amount of silver so something my have to get re-finished or remade. Essence shroud, IO shroud and GPU backplates are likely candidates. I'll keep a close eye on the overall balance of things. It's quite easy to add bright plated items but some rough cast textures will be needed.
And two Aquaero 5 LT's equipped with heatsinks, how i'll use both i'm not sure, maybe I won't. But they are ready when needed, the de-stickered look certainly helps too.
And finally some much needed rough alu on the heatsinks.
Lastly a little MDPC-X, well. You know how it is if you get over 3 times more than you actually need in the hypothetical scenario where you decide to do every wire all one colour. Plus it's a great price per metre and one day it could be very useful. So 100m of Copper Brown, 100m of Shade 19 and 100m of Black. Not gonna lie, MDPC-X is just the best retail therapy possible after becoming hardened to new hardware releases.
Well that's a whole load more stuff than I had last week, lets see what comes this week!