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EK Water Block FC-4870

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Posted January 14, 2009 by Jake in Cooling
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The Radeon HD 4870 is not the newest card in the graphics market but it may well be the most important graphics card to be released in recent history. The reason for this is not that it is the most powerful graphics accelerator ever built (it’s not) nor that it includes completely revolutionary technology (it doesn’t). Much rather, the HD 4870 is hugely important because it hits the sweet spot of great performance and an affordable price. And it hits this sweet spot so well, that it brought ATi back into the GPU game and caused the prices of nVidia’s cards to drop like never before after its release. So even now, with a new lineup of graphics cards not too far off, the HD 4870 is still a great choice of GPU for everyone who isn’t made out of money.

Like all high-end graphics cards, the HD 4870 produces a lot of heat, though, and even ATi’s dual-slot cooling solution has difficulties eliminating all that heat and keeping the card cool. One of the best ways to achieve quiet cooling for such a card is to go for liquid cooling and one of the most prominent manufacturers for liquid cooling blocks is EK Waterblocks. In this article, we get to test an EK-FC4870 waterblock and take a look at how it performs.

We’d like to thank our friends at EK Water Blocks for providing the sample for this review.

Started in 1999 by Edvard König, EK WaterBlocks’ aim is to excel in a niche of performance upgrades for computers. With continuous research and development we have established an extensive portfolio of products for water cooling. Quality and breathtaking design on the technological edge is our philosophy. EK has a huge selection of products for every type of critical system component.

Let’s now take a look at the EK 4870 water block!

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