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EK warns its users about RTX 30 series water block compatibility - Founders Editions are not Reference

Nvidia's Founders Edition models require custom water blocks

EK warns its users about RTX 30 series water block compatability - Founders Editions are not Reference

EK warns its users about RTX 30 series water block Compatability - Founders Editions are not Reference

Nvidia plans to release their RTX 3080 graphics cards on September 17th, and EK is ready with a new series of RTX 30 series compatible Quantum Vector water blocks.  

While pre-orders for these water blocks are already available through EK's webstore, the company has warned that consumers should wait for confirmed water block compatibility before purchasing RTX 30 series graphics cards and water blocks. 

EK has created water blocks for Nvidia's reference RTX 3080/3090 PCB designs, and it is worth noting that Nvidia's Founders Edition graphics cards do not use reference PCBs. Nvidia's Founders Edition designs are now fully custom models, which require dedicated water block designs from EK. 

ASUS, Palit, and Gainward have already confirmed that they will be releasing RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 graphics cards using Nvidia's reference PCB designs, making them compatible with EK's reference RTX 30 series water blocks. EK is currently in the processor of confirming water block compatibility on a SKU-by-SKU basis with every major GPU vendor. EK plans to update their EK Cooling Configurator to give their customers precise compatibility data for 3rd party RTX 30 series GPU models. 

EK's RTX 30 series Quantum Vector water blocks will ship with Nickel (with D-RGB) and Copper variants, each of which has a Plexi and Acetal option. Black and Nickel backplates will also be available. 

Like EK's existing Quantum Vector water blocks, their D-RGB compatible variants will release with 3-pin LED connectors which are compatible with +5V RGB headers. These RGB LEDs will be supported by all major RDB synchronisation technologies from motherboard vendors, such as ASUS Aura Sync, MSI Mystic Light and Gigabyte RGB Fusion.  

EK's reference RTX 30 series water blocks will be shipped for prices of between €130-155 and backplates will be available for between €37-45.

EK warns its users about RTX 30 series water block compatability - Founders Editions are not Reference  

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08-09-2020, 07:58:01

YOUDIEMOFO
How is the original silicon on the stock board directly from the manufacturer not "reference!?!"Quote

08-09-2020, 08:05:28

Warchild
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Originally Posted by YOUDIEMOFO View Post
How is the original silicon on the stock board directly from the manufacturer not "reference!?!"
Founders is supported, but its another block. This warning is towards the reference boards that all the AIB are using. We do not know for certain if this reference waterblock will fit on them all.

Who knows what slight variation the AIB will make to the reference PCB.

Nvidia are taking a new approach. In the past their founders looked just like every other reference that ASUS, Zotac etc sold. So it didnt "feel" like a founders card. Now they want to set themselves apart from the reference cards and make the founders truly unique.Quote

08-09-2020, 08:52:40

AlienALX
Looks like the nightmares are set to continue with Ampere then.

The more the days pass the more I just want to wait for the new consoles and buy both just to avoid this silliness.Quote

08-09-2020, 12:03:39

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by YOUDIEMOFO View Post
How is the original silicon on the stock board directly from the manufacturer not "reference!?!"
Because Nvidia list what is reference and what is not. They give the AIB partners the PCB designs and tell them this is our Reference design for AIBs and our Founders Line is using a custom non reference PCB.Quote

08-09-2020, 12:38:06

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Because Nvidia list what is reference and what is not. They give the AIB partners the PCB designs and tell them this is our Reference design for AIBs and our Founders Line is using a custom non reference PCB.
Founders cards are reference.

AIBs? nearly all of them will be different. I highly, highly doubt any one can even use the "reference" PCB from the FE this time because of the shape and cooler design.

AIBs will make their own PCBs, which will be non reference, and thus cast into a big black hole of "Willy make a water block for this card or not?".

And, like most of the 20 cards? it's usually not. Just like that KFA2 2070 Super I bought. No one made a block for it. At all. Not even Byski.

I don't know how much Asus paid EK to make blocks for their four different "Dual" models of exactly the same card, but due to Asus's choice of cheap analogue caps they had to literally cut a hole in the block and patch it with metal just to clear the sodding capactitors.

https://i.imgur.com/kFk47nQ.jpg?1

That is what that metal plate is for. The caps sat so high they could not fit a cold plate so they have an empty area patched by that slab of stainless.

And? that was lucky. That's a £150 block, BTW.

Like I said, nearly all AIB cards didn't even get a block. So not only do you have a nightmare finding the block, but you literally need to find the block first, then buy a card to fit it. Only, if someone like CCL f**k up and show the wrong picture of the wrong model (like happened to me) you end up with a £88 paper weight.

I wouldn't mind so much, but these 30 series cards are going to thrive under water. Only, good luck getting them there in the first sodding place.

Edit. Hang on a minute.

So Nvidia designed a stock reference card, then used it to make their Founders Editions? WTF?

They never cease to amaze me, and not in good ways.Quote
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