EK Predator AIO Review
Published: 8th October 2015 | Source: EK | Price: £168.95 @ OCUK |
As the Predator comes pre assembled you'd think there was little left to do other than strap it onto your CPU and screw the rad to the roof. You would though be wrong. If you're using anything other than 2011 it's going to be necessary to unscrew the pre attached back plate from your motherboard, using the supplied torx wrench, and swap it out for the supplied EK back plate. As this requires a certain amount of activity in close proximity to your socket we'd caution you to use care. If you're using 2011, as we are, things are a little simpler, however you will need to swap the spring tension bolts that come pre mounted for the alternative 2011 ones. To do this you're going to need to release and then re attach four extremely fiddly and small circlips. We recommend first painting the room you're in white and removing all furniture before replacing the carpet with a white carpet. Doing so will at least give you a fighting chance of finding the buggers when they fly off somewhere.
It might be an AIO, but with the Supremacy MX coldplate on show, and the pump tucked neatly away out of sight and the matt black zero maintenance tubing connected by Nickel plated EK compression fittings, the Predator does look about as close as can be to resembling an actual custom loop. Of course, should you choose to expand in the future, the modular nature of the design will allow the system to grow with you.