These water blocks are purpose-designed with a much thicker 11.2 mm copper base to clear the tall capacitors on most reference design graphics cards. This gives the water block advantage on the market of having a clean design and a wider compatibility list, without sacrificing any coolant flow restriction. The RE version of the block features additional cutouts on the base to accommodate non-standard fan-headers and additional PCB components that certain reference designs have.
These 2nd generation Vector water blocks directly cool the GPU, VRAM, and the VRM (voltage regulation module) as cooling liquid is channeled right over these critical areas. The water block is in contact with MOSFETs and chokes to maximize cooling and minimize the chances of coil whine, unlike some products that are currently available on the market.
Extended Compatibility List for EK-Quantum Vector RE RTX 3080/3090 Water Blocks
- EMTEK GeForce RTX 3080 Black Edition OC
- Gainward GeForce RTX 3080 Phoenix
- Gainward GeForce RTX 3080 Phoenix GS
- Gainward GeForce RTX 3090 Phoenix
- Gainward GeForce RTX 3090 Phoenix GS
- GALAX GeForce RTX 3080 EX Gamer
- GALAX GeForce RTX 3090 EX Gamer
- GALAX GeForce RTX 3080 SG 10GB
- GALAX GeForce RTX 3090 SG 24GB
- KFA2 GeForce RTX 3080 EX Gamer
- KFA2 GeForce RTX 3090 EX Gamer
- KFA2 GeForce RTX 3080 SG 10GB
- KFA2 GeForce RTX 3090 SG 24GB
- KUROUTOSHIKOU GeForce RTX 3090 24GB GALAKURO (GG-RTX3090-E24GB/TP)
- Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GamingPro (NED3080019IA-132AA)
- Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GamingPro OC (NED3080S19IA-132AA)
- Palit GeForce RTX 3090 GamingPro (NED3090019SB-132BA)
- Palit GeForce RTX 3090 GamingPro OC (NED3090S19SB-132BA)
- PNY GeForce RTX 3080 10GB XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Triple Fan Edition (VCG308010TFXPPB)
- PNY GeForce RTX 3090 24GB XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Triple Fan Edition (VCG309024TFXPPB)
- PNY GeForce RTX 3090 OC XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB Triple Fan Edition (VCG309024TFXMPB)
Backplates for the 3080/3090 Water Blocks
EK recommends purchasing a retention backplate, which improves the overall aesthetics of your graphics card and provides additional passive cooling for the GPU core, VRAM on the 3090 cards, and backside of the printed circuit board VRM section.
Availability and Pricing
The EK-Quantum Vector RE RTX 3080/3090 full-cover water blocks and backplates are made and assembled in Slovenia, Europe. They are available for order in the EK Online Store and through the dedicated reseller network.