EK Predator AIO Review
Published: 8th October 2015 | Source: EK | Price: £168.95 @ OCUK |
Up Close: Radiator
At the heart of the Predator lies the Copper core, Copper fin CoolStream PE radiator. The 38mm thick core of the radiator is then encased in an Aluminium shroud, giving it a very sharp and angular appearance. Although modular by design, the Predator comes pre-assembled, with even the fans being pre attached to the body of the rad. The radiator is connected to the cold plate by EK Zero maintenance EPDM Rubber tubing which has critical dimensions of 15.9mm OD and 9.5mm ID.
The whole assembly measures a not insignificant 295x133x68mm, which is big by AIO standards and may limit the ability to squeeze it into cases where room above the motherboard is limited. As you can see on the images below, the Predator comes with the fans already attached and configured to pull air through the rad rather than push it though. Although this configuration may limit performance slightly it is fine for the roof of a case. However if you want to mount the Predator in the front of your case the fans will need to be swapped round otherwise they will be sucking air out of the case front which will invariably upset the through case airflow, unless of course you've gone for a negative pressure set up.
The fans themselves are actually 120mm 2200RPM EK Vardar F4 units. They offer PWM control via an included cable. At full tatt they generate 77CFM of airflow and 3.16mm H2O of static pressure at what would look to be a rather noisy 33.5dB(A)
Not only are the fans are pre attached, the wires are also nicely routed and cable tied down the edges so as to give a very clean appearance. It's attention to detail such as this, and the immaculately presented 22FPI radiator core that reminds you that you are handling a very high quality product.