Originally Posted by SuprUsrStan
Wow, they want $269 for the full nickel version? Since when did CPU water blocks get this expensive? The massive sTRX40 Velocity full nickel block was only like $130.
Yes, that is the situation.
The reason why the price is driven up so much is the mounting frame, and the jet insert.... well there are other factors as well, but I guess those are the main ones, compared to any other EK block on the market.
The mounting frame on every CPU water block on the market is either punch stamped or laser cut (please correct me if I'm wrong). The Magnitude has a frame which is CNC machined out of a solid piece of aluminum
to get that 3D effect. Was this necessary? No, but we had a vision and we wanted to make it a reality.
The jet insert is also, with almost every CPU water block on the market, a part of the top itself. With the Magnitude, the jet insert is CNC machined in several steps, so even though its small piece of brass,
the machining time is what drives up the cost.
This is why the mentioned sTR4 water block is much cheaper. The insert is a part of the top, no additional machining is needed. The frame is a punch-stamped sheet of metal.
I am fairly sure that the Magnitude will lay the grounds for the upcoming "mass-produced" CPU water block where production optimizations will be made to reduce the cost, so no, we are not going to be Apple.
But, yes, the Magnitude is not a cost-optimized product. Its made to perform the best as it can, and to look different.