EK Predator AIO Review

Up Close: Pump and Coldplate assembly

EK Predator AIO Review

Up Close:  Pump and Coldplate assembly

The predator is powered by a DDC pump, which we have to say has us more than a bit twitchy.  The reason for this twitchiness is of course the propensity for significant noise and vibrations to ruin our calm serenity.  EK though say they have this in hand, as they are using a 6W variant of the pump which they claim still has 2-3 times the flow rate of other AIOs.  EK have also employed what they call Hovercore.  In essence, this is a dampening technology which aims to reduce the vibrations transmitted through the pump into the radiator and chassis of the PC.  All this is grand, but the fact that the two end chamber boxes aren't exactly the same size is really doing our head in.

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At the other end of the radiator is a small PCB which serves as a power distribution hub.  The two pre attached fans are wired into it with space for an additional unit should you choose to go push pull (bearing in mind of course that no additional fittings are provided to support this).  Over to the left side power is input via a supplied molex power adapter cable, with the remaining two pin plug serving as the PWM control input for both the fans and the pump.

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Most AIOs have the pump on the cold plate, but as the Predator has it on the rad it leaves EK free to use one of their Supremacy MX units.  As at the radiator end, the tubing is attached to the pump via nickel plated compression fittings, giving the whole assembly the look and feel of a true custom loop.  The only real limiting factor here is that EK only offer compatibility for Intel CPUs, so if you're in the red team, you're out of luck mate.

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The all copper contact plate of the MX is polished to a mirror finish which we hope should provide good heat transfer

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Most Recent Comments

08-10-2015, 09:10:49

I'm surprised by how well this performs, super expensive though.Quote

08-10-2015, 09:57:23

Been waiting for this to be reviewed and it doesn't disappoint, it's right up there with the GTi and GTX impressive! Not really sold on the "AIO" monika though it is and it isn't.. Like the Kelvins, Swiftech H220 and Tritons they are kind of in a category of their own being expandable and all, although like you say in the review conclusion it's the use of proper size fittings and hoses that make the Predator stand out, to me they are prebuilt custom loops definitely worth the money though.Quote

08-10-2015, 10:17:26

good to know you didn't to drill holes in your motherboard and killing it to mount it, like another reviewer that did....Quote

08-10-2015, 10:30:38

Originally Posted by Permafrost View Post
good to know you didn't to drill holes in your motherboard and killing it to mount it, like another reviewer that did....
Yeah, I wonder who that was Quote

08-10-2015, 10:49:01

Good review and although EK are kings when it comes to full on watercooling I think the AIO arena is best left for companies with more experience like Corsair, Fractal and NZXT.Quote

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