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EK-Predator Club & Discussion Thread

EK-Predator is setting a new standard for AIO liquid cooling!

EK Water Blocks, premium PC liquid cooling gear manufacturer from Slovenia, is proud to announce EK-Predator AIO product line, the next big thing that will shake up the liquid cooling market. Originally custom loop parts manufacturer for enthusiast segment is now offering high end complete all-in-one (AIO) liquid cooling solutions for the mainstream market.

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EK-Predator 240

EK has taken top performing, market proven components from its existing Enthusiast product line and assembled them together into one compact pre-filled solution. Absolutely no compromises were made when designing the EK-Predator. Enthusiasts and PC builders alike will truly get the best of what the market can offer in a compact, expandable, out-of-the-box liquid cooling solution.

EK-Predator is pre-filled and pre-assembled CPU liquid cooling unit. It comes in two different versions; 240mm and 360mm and provides extreme cooling performance unseen in the AIO segment so far. It also uses EK-Vardar high static pressure fans in combination with PWM controls to provide minimal noise footprint which is a common issue for existing AIO users.

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EK-Predator 360

Since EK-Predator uses industry standard G1/4 threaded ports and 10/16 mm Zero Maintenance rubber tubing (EK-ZMT) it is fully expandable with all custom loop gear available on the market.

Furthermore Predator 360 will feature integrated Quick Disconnects (QDC), special connectors that allow quick and tool-less expansion of the system without the need for draining of the unit. This allows users to add, for example, a prefilled QDC-enabled GPU water block. EKWB will offer such custom add-ons at the release date of Predator 360.

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Quick Disconnect (QDC) Technology

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Hovercore is revolutionary design of radiator dampeners that prevents transfer of pump vibrations further down the unit and into the chassis, thus resulting in vibration free and silent operation.

Supremacy MX CPU water block, top performer in Enthusiast segment, is specifically designed for Intel CPUs and offers great hydraulic and thermal performance. Carefully machined copper base is made from purest copper available and is further polished to absolute mirror finish. This alone greatly improves the cooling performance of the block.

CoolStream PE radiator – 240mm or 360mm, has full Copper core being superior to aluminum alternatives in terms of heat dissipation. In conjunction with EK-Vardar fans the result is increased performance across entire fan operational range thus delivering results both at low and high airflow operation.

VardarTM fans – two on Predator 240 and three on Predator 360 – are high static pressure fans developed in-house specifically for liquid cooling systems. With low noise profile and PWM technology built in, you can always control the RPM and keep the fans silent while maintaining excellent cooling performance.

DDC pump is a powerful 6W liquid cooling pump providing 2-3x higher flow rate compared to other AIOs on the market. It’s also PWM controlled allowing for automatic pump speed regulation depending on your CPU temperature. Full performance on demand or whisper quiet operation in idle mode!

Integrated Fan splitter hub reduces cable clutter and keeps the unit aesthetically clean. Predator pump and fans plug into the unit itself with only one PWM cable going into CPU Fan socket, while a single SATA molex cable powers the complete unit.

Dimensions of the main radiator unit on Predator 240, with integrated pump and reservoir are: 295mm x 133mm x 68mm. This allows mounting of unit in most modern computer cases. Predator 360 is a bit bigger beast, measuring 415mm x 133mm x 68mm! EKWB will provide list of compatilble cases before launch.

EK-Predator 240 will launch on September 23rd 2015 priced at 199$/199 EUR, with EK-Predator 360 following on October 19th 2015 priced at 239$/239 EUR. Both units will only be available for Intel CPU sockets. AMD versions are planned for release in 2016. 

Preorders for EK-Predator 240 will start on 23th of August at http://predator.ekwb.com and at selected EK resellers. EKWB is commemorating this historical moment with FREE Express Worldwide Shipping on all Pre-orders placed directly at EK web shop.

NEW! Pre-filled GPU water blocks already available!

Full-Cover GPU water blocks can now be pre-filled and equipped with Quick Disconnect (QDC). This way, the GPU water block is ready to be connected with the existing QDC connector found on the EK-XLC Predator 360.

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Predator cooling performance comparison! (Click to show)

Predator cooling performance comparison!

We have announced our new EK-XLC Predator product line last week. Predator is pre-filled and pre-assembled CPU liquid cooling unit that will come in two different versions; 240mm and 360mm and provides extreme cooling performance unseen in the AIO segment so far. If you missed the big news, you can read it here. Today we are giving you a sneak peak into cooling performance of the upcoming Predator 240 and Predator 360.

We have tested a wide range of the most popular AIOs on the market. Since both units (Predator 240 and 360) will only be available for Intel CPU sockets, we have tested the following two models; Intel® Core® i7 5960X (2011-3 socket) and Intel® Core® i7 4770K (1150 socket). Here are the comparison graphs for average temperatures we achieved with different AIOs. We are comparing them by their radiator size and we measure Delta T (ΔT) that represents the difference between ambient room temperature and the CPU core temperature.

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Intel® Core® i7 5960X (2011-3)

Intel® Core® i7 5960X (2011-3), with a base clock of 3.0GHz, was our pick in the high-end desktop processor segment. While many users with AIOs still run their CPUs at stock frequencies, we overclocked our 5960X to 4.4GHz at 1.15V to really get a true insight into the cooler's performance. As we can see above, the size of the radiator plays an important part in keeping the chip cool. Predator 240 comes out as a winner in the category of 240mm radiators, mainly due to the superior design of the Supremacy MX water block. Full copper radiator also helps in efficient heat dissipation, whereas the majority of other models have an aluminium radiator core. If you plan on cooling down only your CPU with the emphasis on overclocking, Predator 240 proves itself as an excellent choice and has enough overhead for adding another GPU water block into the loop.

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Intel® Core® i7 4770K (1150)

Intel® Core® i7 4770K (1150) runs at 3.5GHz stock and like with the 5960X, we overclocked it to really stretch the muscles of the tested AIOs. 4.5GHz at 1.23V was the overclocked frequency. In the 240mm radiator category, Predator 240 beats the competition by a 4-5°C due to Supremacy MX water block which is much more optimized for the platform. Moving into 360mm radiator segment, Predator 360 is a clear overall winner with 48,32°C ΔT. Keep in mind that both units are fully expendable and you can always add additional blocks, radiators and even external reservoirs to the loop.

 

"By combining all of our flagship products, experience and knowledge into the Predator, we have managed to set a new standard for all-in-one liquid cooling solutions and this test proves that", said Niko Tivadar, EK's Chief of R&D. "Newcomers to liquid cooling will get extreme performance that will give them the chance to confidently start overclocking their hardware, while maintaining their PC silent and their loop always ready for expansion."

Predator 240 will launch on September 23rd 2015, priced at 199$/199 EUR, with Predator 360 following on October 19th 2015, priced at 239$/239 EUR. Both units will only be available for Intel CPU sockets. AMD versions are planned for release in 2016.

Preorders for Predator 240 will start on 23th of August at http://predator.ekwb.com and at selected EK resellers. EKWB is commemorating this historical moment with FREE Express Worldwide Shipping on all Pre-orders placed directly at EK web shop.

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Prefilled GPU Water Blocks with QDCs for use with Predator 360!

 

Pre-filled and QDC-enabled GPU water blocks will be available on November 5th 2015. This will be a on demand service where customers will be able to select a QDC option when purchasing the GPU water block. EK will fill the water block with coolant and make the unit ready to be used with Quick Disconnects. Graphics card with such water block will be immediately ready to be connected with the Predator 360 QDC. Quick Disconnect package (without pre-filled GPU water block) will also be available for purchase separately!

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Interesting product indeed. This seems like a great compromise between cheaper all in ones and a full loop.

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This MUST be lower than $330 ($300 + $15x2 for the QDFs) biggrin.gif
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Looks really great, hopefully everything works great with a DDC pump and properly done. Not like that POS from other company I don't want to even say aloud here. biggrin.gif

Is there a fill port in the rad?

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First of all and most importantly, kudos to you for using EK ZMT tubing which is free from plasticizer issues. I can't stress enough how important the decision to use this tubing is.

Second, I hope you use black compression fittings instead to fit the black theme better.

Third, consider making a shroud that covers the entire assembly: radiator, pump, reservoir etc. It would improve the look a lot.
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Can you please tell me how thick the radiator + the fans are?

The Define S can accommodate up to 55mm in the top slot.

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I think it's a 30mm rad. So 25+30 = 55mm of thickness maybe. I may be wrong on this.
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