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EKWB, XSPC to launch AMD Radeon R9 Fury X water block

By Koh Wanzi - on 30 Jun 2015, 10:08am

EKWB, XSPC to launch AMD Radeon R9 Fury X water block

Image Source: EKWB

Following on the release of AMD’s next-generation flagship card with High Bandwidth Memory (HBM), it seems manufacturers are wasting no time in releasing water blocks for the Radeon R9 Fury X. EKWB and XSPC have both announced the impending availability of full-cover water blocks for AMD’s latest enthusiast card, which should be music to the ears of overclocking enthusiasts.

First announced last week, EKWB’s water block utilizes a single-slot design, thanks to AMD’s implementation of a single row of display outputs on the Fury X.

Unlike most other water blocks for high-end cards, the copper base doesn’t span the full length of the block and most of it is actually comprised of clear acrylic. This is due to the fact there is less surface area to be cooled with HBM, which takes up far less space than its GDDR5 equivalent thanks to its vertically-stacked structure.

EKWB said that the blocks are due for release by the end of June through the EK Webshop and resellers. It has planned four versions of the card – which means we should see copper- and nickel-plated versions that come with either acrylic or acetal tops – along with an aesthetic retention backplate.

XSPC’s Razor GPU blocks for the Fury X are styled after its RayStorm CPU water blocks so users will be able to have a matching set up. According to XSPC, it’s also increased the surface area available for cooling by reducing the fin width from 1mm to 0.5mm, which should help improve cooling performance.

Image Source: XSPC

The cooling block itself comprises a copper base, stainless steel middle plate, and acrylic top. A brushed aluminium faceplate tops it off, which means only the edges of the water block light up thanks to the 3mm LED holes in the acrylic layer.

Image Source: XSPC

At 177 x 131 x 30mm, the water block covers the entire card and provides active cooling to the VRMs, GPU and HBM components. The inclusion of seven G 1/4-inch ports leaves open the possibility for multi-GPU set ups and a wide range of tubing.

According to XSPC, a backplate is also in the works. The Razor GPU block for the Fury X is expected to be available in around a week. XSPC is supposedly giving resellers more freedom to set the pricing, but it expects it to retail at approximately US$130.

Source: EKWB, XSPC via Tom’s Hardware (1), (2)

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