Old dog, likes new tricks
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON
EK sucks, this is the conclusion I have come to after years of buying their crap. They are decent for radiators (not the best), decent for pump tops and reservoirs, but I will NEVER buy another EK CPU or GPU block again. Their quality control is an absolute JOKE, and has been for years. They're kinda like Corsair, making cheap products with high price tags, and they succeed because they have been VERY smart with product distribution. You can get their crap EVERYWHERE, while the good stuff like Watercool is harder to come by, depending on what country you live it. Plus, they are very good at being the FIRST to market with wide availability. Look at the Radeon 5700XT, EK had a water block out the door for that thing before AIB partners came out with their own air cooling solutions. It probably came with bad thermal pads, loose screws (or STRIPPED ones, that's an EK specialty), an awful suffocating back plate that looks pretty, costs tons, and makes things worse, etc. You just cannot trust their QC / QA.
Back on topic, my HeatKiller IV CPU block seems to be doing a *fantastic* job of cooling my 3900X, die design be damned. Watercool is quality kit, always has been.