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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-15-2019, 05:28 PM - Thread Starter
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HELP! My EK-FC Terminal X2 S 3-slot needs longer screws!

I'm really disappointed. I tore apart my RTX2080ti's and installed all my EKWB coolers and backplates. I then installed them in my machine and took off the old terminals to install the EK-FC Terminal X2 s 3-slot arcylic component.

I could NOT get the screws to work...and then I sadly discovered that only ONE screw that I removed form the old terminals was the right length. The other five are no longer than the plexiglass elemetn is fully in width.

i'm dead in the water!!!!! EKWB, are you listening?!?!?!?!? I'm not sure where the long screw in the photo above came from, maybe as a spare in the terminal? At any rate, when I measure the length of the threaded portions of six screws that I'm supposed to reuse, they measure 21mm in length. Including the heads they measure about 23 mm in total length. The thickness of the plexiglass or acrylic unit measures 23 mm...so there's NO way that the existing screws can be used as they recess only about 3mm into the plexiglass.

It's really a difficult situation for me because I had a LOT of work I needed to get done this weekend, as a holiday weekend in USA...and now I'm sunk unless I put all the fan cooling back together on my RTX2080's...and that doesn't make ANY sense at this point.
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-15-2019, 05:35 PM
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I'm really disappointed. I tore apart my RTX2080ti's and installed all my EKWB coolers and backplates. I then installed them in my machine and took off the old terminals to install the EK-FC Terminal X2 s 3-slot arcylic component.



I could NOT get the screws to work...and then I sadly discovered that only ONE screw that I removed form the old terminals was the right length. The other five are no longer than the plexiglass elemetn is fully in width.



i'm dead in the water!!!!! EKWB, are you listneing?!?!?!?!?


How are the screws shorter? It’s the same screws for the stock block and the multi terminal block


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I have no idea. I ordered the EK Vector RTX 2080 Ti RGB Nickel + PLEXI units...and when I ordered it they paired it with the configurator with that terminal. But, the screws are much shorter than they should be. I can't finish my build. Very sad!

Maybe because I'm using the "Vector" block???

This is complicated. I don't know if I can just go out and find the local metric screw at Home Depot tomorrow to replace the short ones...they won't be supplied by EKWB and, as such, might have threading issues with the tapped threads on the acrylic block that the screws seat into. And, I have some fast approaching deadline son a major project that I was hoping to get done this weekend (holiday weekend).
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Sounds like you have M4x25mm screws, which are for the block off cover


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Those short screws look really short... shorter than I've seen on any EK terminals I've used. Wonder if they changed them for the Vector blocks. I know they have different length screws for the FC terminals and the different block off plates (for blanking off ports) they use.

As a temp solution can you just reinstall the standard terminals and pipe between them? Not ideal, but could get you up and running if you absolutely need the PC operational.

I just checked the Vector block I have here and looks like the screw holes for the stock terminal are nearly 10mm recessed to accommodate the cover that displays the GPU name vs. the terminals for previous cards (comparing 2080Ti Vector and 1080Ti FE/TitanXp water block terminals). They made the screws shorter to account for this... So that's likely your difference. The FC terminals are all older design and don't have the same recess depth for the screw holes as far as I know. Lame...

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Note the differences in the screw height relative to the outside face of the terminal in the images below.

Terminals from 2080Ti Vector block vs. 1080Ti FC block
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Yeah, well I wish they had told me that when I used their recommended part selection to pick my components! I guess I could go visit my local Home Depot and hope they have the right metric screws available...

My Vector blocks have a much deeper recess in them like you show on the first picture. I kind of wish they had just send the right screws along with the terminal...d

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Can’t pipe between them because I don’t have enough connectors to do that. And I really don’t want to go through all the leaktesting twice...

I do I still have the old 1080 FTW card in the box that I replaced with the NVLINKed 2080s. I guess I’ll pull the 2080’s and hope EKWB sends me the right screws so I’ll have components all matched to their specs.

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Well, ain’t the first time they got the hardware wrong....years ago they sold the first 6990 GPU waterblocks with metric screws and standard threaded inserts in the block and had to send everyone the metric inserts


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Well, I pulled the cards/wb and reinstalled my old GTX1080 for now. I'm hoping I hear back from tech support soon and EKWB sends me the six proper length screws I need. So, in the meanwhile, I decided that the cards will look a bit bland with the plexi side facing down in my build, so I decided to modify the RGB terminal covers and I'll reinstall them atop the Terminal X2 once I have it installed.

The EKWB website says that the terminal block covers are not compatible with the Terminal X2 unit. I intend to make them compatible!
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