I'll be up front and admit that I did not read this entire thread. If this topic has been covered at length, then that's my bad and I'll go backtrack and be more thorough in my search.
I read a comment or two in this thread about the EK Monoblock / CPU block combo for the Asus Zenith Extreme board not providing full coverage on the IHS. You can see in the image from EK's website that it does not.
I reached out to EK to see what they had to say about it, and this was the meat & potatoes of their response: "There is no need for the whole IHS to be covered by the water block, since the monoblock already covers the most crucial parts that need to be cooled. The monoblock was tested when applied to the TR4 chip, so there should be no fear of the monoblock not cooling the TR4 completely since it was also tested by our R&D guys and it worked perfectly."
I don't know what the conditions were when EK tested this product, but I know I'll be OC'ng the heck out of the chip and those comments about not needing full coverage to account for massive heat production sort of leaves me scratching my head.
I'm curious what you folks think about this.Edited by djnsmith7 - 10/25/17 at 8:57am