EK-FC8800 GTS Full Cover Waterblock

A Closer Look

A Closer Look

When you really take a long hard look at the EK-FC8800 waterblock, it is nothing short of a work of art. The attention to detail and overall finish of the product is impeccable.

EK-FC8800GTS mosfet cover EK-FC8800GTS mosfet cover attached
EK-FC8800GTS finish EK-FC8800 GTS finish

One thing that I will say about the EK-FC8800 GTS's finish is that it absolutely loves fingerprints. Regardless of how clean your hands are, if you handle it you will have tarnished fingerprints all over your block. If you're going to ogle at it and handle often, then use cotton gloves.

Now there is something that I did find, that disturbed me a little and I'm sure that it should have been picked up by quality control.

EK-FC8800 GTS copper tailings EK-FC8800GTS copper tailings

In total I found 5 copper filings left over from the block machining process. I don't really need to state how much damage these could do to to your pump, but it is certainly a reminder to ensure that you thoroughly flush all watercooling components before installing them into your loop. Some of you may have noticed there is a silver washer present under each barb, the washer has a rubber O-ring inside and is actually a spacer. If installing this block on your pride and joy, be sure to include the spacer otherwise the barb protrudes too far into the block and will hurt your loop's flow.

Eddie has also included threaded caps which incorporate the same O-ring system and are designed to allow these blocks to be incorporated into an SLI setup. I really like the way that this has been done because it provides the end user a vast amount of flexibility and compatibility when designing your loop. Just remember not to forget to include the plugs before leak testing, and don't over-tighten them or you run the risk of compressing the rubber ring too much and drowning your rig as a consequence in the long run.

Pitted hole2 Pitted hole

Moving on...I proceded to give the EK FC8800 GTS block another thorough flush before installation.

8800 GTS flush1 8800 GTS flush2

8800 GTS flush3 8800 GTS flush4

8800 GTS after flush

Now that the block has been thoroughly flushed with demineralised water, it's ready to be installed onto my ASUS EN8800 GTS (640Mb) graphics card. But before I show you that, here are a few more pictures for your viewing pleasure.

8800 GTS front 8800 GTS rear

Let's head on over to the next page to see how easy/hard the EK FC 8800 GTS waterblock is to install...
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Most Recent Comments

12-04-2007, 08:52:04

For the price, it simply will not be beat. Intel is really gunning to keep the lead for a while.

I am anxious to see some head to head Barcelona vs. Core 2 Quad benchies.Quote

12-04-2007, 09:16:09


Could be excellent for a HTPC system, wonder if they will overclock as well as previous celerons? Quote

12-04-2007, 09:22:06

Mr. Smith
Ahem - link Quote

12-04-2007, 09:57:22

Good god, under $60! I was thinking of getting a £20 775 cellery for my 2nd rig but i think ill wait now.Quote

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