EK Predator AIO Review

Assembly

EK Predator AIO Review

Assembly

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.

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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.

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Most Recent Comments

08-10-2015, 09:10:49

WYP
I'm surprised by how well this performs, super expensive though.Quote

08-10-2015, 09:57:23

Wraith
Been waiting for this to be reviewed and it doesn't disappoint, it's right up there with the GTi and GTX impressive! Not really sold on the "AIO" monika though it is and it isn't.. Like the Kelvins, Swiftech H220 and Tritons they are kind of in a category of their own being expandable and all, although like you say in the review conclusion it's the use of proper size fittings and hoses that make the Predator stand out, to me they are prebuilt custom loops definitely worth the money though.Quote

08-10-2015, 10:17:26

Permafrost
good to know you didn't to drill holes in your motherboard and killing it to mount it, like another reviewer that did....Quote

08-10-2015, 10:30:38

King of Old Old School
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Originally Posted by Permafrost View Post
good to know you didn't to drill holes in your motherboard and killing it to mount it, like another reviewer that did....
Yeah, I wonder who that was Quote

08-10-2015, 10:49:01

Dicehunter
Good review and although EK are kings when it comes to full on watercooling I think the AIO arena is best left for companies with more experience like Corsair, Fractal and NZXT.Quote
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