As always, we start with the un-boxing -- well, everything is packaged, cushioned, and bundled safely in the box. Let's tear that packaging open.
Once opened up, you'll spot the liquid cooling unit consisting of the radiator, fans, tubing, pump/cooling block. Mostly pre-fitted and ready to use, of course. Everything is carefully packaged and individually wrapped in plastic. You'll spot a back-plate that supports a wide variety of CPU sockets; Intel LGA 2011 / 1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 1150 and AMD Socket FM2 / FM1 / AM4 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2 based processors can be used in combination with this cooler. The Ryzen AMD AM4 socket is thus supported, including Ryzen series 1000, 2000, 3000, and 5000 but not Ryzen Threadripper, unfortunately. Don't let all the kit scare you; installation remains rather simple.
- Liquid CPU cooler
- Mounting kit for all modern CPU sockets
- Six Vardar RGB fans
- Fan and radiator mounting screws
- Fan/RGB hub
- Thermal compound prepped to copper base + extra syringe.
- Quick start guide
Summed up, once unboxed, you'll spot the cooling unit consisting of the radiator assembly, fans, and brackets + a back-plate that supports an extensive range of AMD and Intel processors. We do have some work cut out for us as we need to mount the fans and cooling block retention clips.
Here we have the radiator unit and all the kit, we'll need to mount at least three, or you can use the include six (!) variable PWM fans (6x120mm / 1000-3300 RPM ± 10%), with the pump and radiator assembled in one single unit. If you use six fans, you can configure a more effective push-pull setup. But at the cost of a thicker installation size, of course (you need the room for that in your PC chassis.
EK includes a SATA powered FAN and RGB HUB to manage all that wiring from the pump and six fans. Just connect everything here, and wire a lead to the fan RPM motherboard header and one with aRGB. You can use a separate controller, of course, but any modern age motherboard has RaRGFB support these days.