Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

EK Supremacy EVO Threadripper TR4 Waterblock Review

EK is one of the most heralded names in the enthusiast computer cooling industry. It has been building waterblocks for custom CPU cooling since 2003. It has now thrown its hat into the AMD Threadripper waterblock ring. Does the Supremacy EVO waterblock have the performance to back up its reputation against tough competition?

Introduction

We have been trying our best to get access to the new purpose-built AMD Threadripper waterblocks that have been put out into the market. When we first reached out to EKWB trying to get a sample of its new SUPREMACY EVO THREADRIPPER EDITION waterblock, we were turned down due to HardOCP not posting its press releases on our news page. So be it, it is far from the first time we have been told, "no."

However, one of our HardForum readers reached out to us after posting his experiences with EK's Threadripper block on our Facebook page and subsequently in the HardForum. He was not happy with the performance and gave us the opportunity to purcahse one of the EK blocks he had. Many thanks nycdarkness! So that is the our story behind obtaining the block and where ours came from.

EK Supremacy EVO Threadripper Edition

As you can see in the pictures below, the EK block is excellently produced and certainly feels to be a quality built and designed product.

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Packaging on the EK waterblock is exceptional and it getting to you undamaged should be of no issue.

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The craftsmanship and the build quality is apparent. However on the aethetic side of things, this does look to have been fully designed with a straight edge, where the XSPC and Bykski blocks have surely paid more attention to styling, and that may or may not be important to you. I very much like the hold-down system on the EK. It is no-nonsense and uses small C-clips to keep everything in place so you do not have to worry about keeping up with all the parts and pieces. The knurled edges on the bolts allow you to easily grip and tighten down the waterblock. One issue I did run into with attaching the EK was the fact that the space on some of these motherboards is very tight, and getting your fingers around the bolts to turn those can be an issue. I wish EK would have put either a Torx, Allen, or Phillips head patterns on those to allow us to use a tool to reach into tight places more easily. The mating surface on the EK is near-perfect. The nickel finish is beautiful and it is extremely flat, which is perfect for the Threadripper.