EKWB Releases All New X Series FC Terminals For Multiple GPU Connectivityby Joe Shields on October 10, 2017 11:00 AM EST
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EKWB has announced the release of several new EK-FC terminals for use with multi-GPU setups. The new design, EK says, is more minimalistic than the previous version, with the terminal itself having only an engraved EK logo on it. The legacy FC terminals weren't really full of flare and simply had the FC Terminal engraved on it along with the EK logo. In that respect, the changes are not easily noticeable. They are now compatible with the aesthetic terminal covers and have options for inlet/outlet points.
The X series FC terminals come in Acetal and Plexi versions allowing the user aesthetic options to fit their needs. The black terminals are made from high-quality POM Acetal material and CNC machined to shape. The Plexi version uses acrylic and is cast and machine-polished for a high-gloss glass-like finish. The new terminals have more connectivity options over the previous versions. The Z series offers two inlet ports on either side so the user can choose which side is inlet/outlet. Both serial and parallel terminals use standard G1/4” threads which sit flush with the body of the terminal. The terminal covers can also be removed if that is the preferred look. Each terminal includes the unit itself, two G1/4" plugs and a mounting mechanism as well as a spare terminal O-ring and spare screw. EK says all other parts are to be reused from the FC blocks.
The X Series terminals were redesigned in that all the ports are now flush with the terminal. This change eliminated the need for additional extender fittings. The new terminals are compatible with EK’s aesthetic terminal covers on the EK-FC series GPU water blocks. Outside of those changes, the X series terminals function the same as the old ones. Users are able to choose parallel or serial terminals for the X2 and X3 lines. The serial terminals are noted by an “S” on the label. The X# labeling indicates the number of GPU water blocks a terminal can connect. For example, the EK-FC Terminal X3 S connects three GPU water blocks and comes in a serial configuration.
There are serial and parallel X series terminals for dual, tri, quad, and seven GPUs. The X2/3 are available in Serial or Parallel including acetal or plexi. The X4 and X7 (for mining?) are only available in parallel and acetal configurations. Also worth noting are the gaps between PCIe slots correspond to a different terminal. The EX-FC Terminal X has three versions for different PCIe spacing. Default uses a 40.6mm / 1.6” gap. The EK-FC Terminal X2 1-slot version covers a single space PCIe configuration (20.3mm / 0.8”) gap while the 3-slot spans triple spaced slots (60.9mm / 2.4”). Verify compatibility through the EK website.
All 16 versions of the X Series FC Terminals are available now through the EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network. Additional terminal models will become available in the coming weeks.
|EKWB EK-FC Terminals|
|Connection Type||MSRP (incl. VAT) / USD|
|EK-FC Terminal X2 - Plexi||Parallel||28.95€ / $32.99|
|EK-FC Terminal X2 - Acetal||Parallel||17.95€ / $20.99|
|EK-FC Terminal X2 S - Plexi||Serial||17.95€ / $32.99|
|EK-FC Terminal X2 S - Acetal||Serial||17.29€ / $20.99|
|EK-FC Terminal X2 1-slot - Plexi||Parallel||24.95€ / $29.99|
|EK-FC Terminal X2 1-slot - Acetal||Parallel||23.95€ / $25.99|
|EK-FC Terminal X2 3-slot - Plexi||Parallel||29.95€ / $32.99|
|EK-FC Terminal X2 3-slot - Acetal||Parallel||19.95€ / $22.99|
|EK-FC Terminal X3 - Plexi||Parallel||32.95€ / $35.99|
|EK-FC Terminal X3 - Acetal||Parallel||23.95€ / $27.99|
|EK-FC Terminal X3 S - Plexi||Serial||32.95€ / $35.99|
|EK-FC Terminal X3 S - Acetal||Serial||23.95€ / $27.99|
|EK-FC Terminal X3 (Type II) - Acetal||Parallel||27.95€ / $29.99|
|EK-FC Terminal X3 S (Type II) - Acetal||Serial||27.95€ / $29.99|
|EK-FC Terminal X4 -Acetal||Parallel||36.95€ / $39.99|
|EK-FC Terminal X7 - Acetatl||Parallel||49.95€ / $59.99|
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austinsguitar - Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - linkits amazing that the EK-FC Terminal X7 - Acetatl is actually being made now instead of being a prototype. let the crazy builds begin lads :)
Notmyusualid - Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - linkAlready ordered & arrived..
I will go from 4x 1070s in my PC to 7x. Don't have all the waterblocks yet though, and not home to deal with it either. The GPU waterblocks I'm looking for are near half the price of a GPU in the UK, so I'm holding out for more 2nd hand ones on the used market, when I'm in the US next week.
darckhart - Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - linkfunny the photos say radeon. didn't they just announce they were dropping crossfire support?
Death666Angel - Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - linkAll I could find was they are not going to invest as much time into it as they had before. It will still be possible and since most people I know who use watercooling dual+ GPU setups use it for benchmarking and the most important benchmark tools will most likely still be supported, I don't see much of an issue here. Dropping support and offering reduced support are two different things. Unless you have other sources?
Manch - Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - linkNo, they just aren't calling it crossfire now. They refer to it as mGPU as defined by DX12. 3/4 GPUs as far as gaming goes are done for though. They've been done for awhile on Nvidia and are now done with AMD's VEGA. Now only dual cards are supported. Before with DX9-11, Nvidia/AMD had to make a profile specifically for it and the game needed to support it as well. In DX12, its more incumbent upon the game developer, although tweaks from the GPU makers are still needed.
Honestly, don't bother with dual GPU right now. Unless you have a specific use case, bc it just isn't getting much suppt. AotS is the exception, not the rule unfortunately. MS takes a year to implement mGPU in their games and they're all console ports that will run fine on one decent GPU.
Of course with how GPU architectures are developing, were likely to see multiple dies as "one" GPU ala infinity fabric for AMD, and for Nvidias yet to named(as far as I know) version. Not the same as a dual GPU/single card solution of the past as it would be seen/treated as a singular GPU. It's been noted that Nvidia is experimenting with MCM's and is looking to go a similar path as AMD so beyond the current gen of Nvidia, we will see.
danjw - Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - linkMy understanding is that EK uses non-standard threading on their products; Does this mean these will actually work with fittings from other manufactures? Or by standard do they mean their own standard?
Railgun - Saturday, October 14, 2017 - linkI’m using EK blocks and PrimoChill Revolver fittings with zero issues.
Morawka - Monday, October 16, 2017 - linkNot true dan, they use the same G1/4 as everyone else