Have you read my review of the EK Supremacy Evo CPU block yet? If not, you really should. That sets up this article very nicely. The Supremacy Evo is EK’s flagship CPU block replacing the Supremacy (original) and it was only natural that their budget oriented Supreme LTX CPU block get updated also. Enter then the Supremacy MX! EK says and I quote “EK-Supremacy MX is a reduced cost variant of EK-Supremacy EVO flagship performance water block, introduced in 2014. It has been designed to lower the production costs yet still offer premium hydraulic- and thermal performance at the best price.” Well thanks to Derick and Niko from EK, I got the chance to test it out for myself and see just how close these claims come.
Let’s begin by taking a look at the features courtesy the product page:
EK-Supremacy MX is a reduced cost CPU water block that fits all modern Intel® LGA-115x and LGA-2011(-3) socket motherboards and comes with pre-assembled, error-preventing mounting mechanism. The result is a perfect installation which results in optimal performance every time.
EK-Supremacy MX brings exceptional value for the money by providing the best in-class cooling performance. Built upon the same cooling engine as EK-Supremacy EVO it offer the same great hydraulic performance and almost identical thermal performance. The key features are:
– ultra-high thermal performance – only slightly simplied copper base allows EK-Supremacy MX to achieve almost the same cooling potential as EK-Supremacy EVO.
– very high-flow design – low hydraulic restricion allows this product to be used in setups using weaker water pumps.
– pre-assembled mounting mechanism – blazing fast installation, especially on Intel® LGA-2011(-3) platform.
The EK-Supremacy MX uses the same cooling engine as the EVO variant. The cooling liquid accelerates through jet plate’s nozzle and turbulently continues its path through numerous very thin channels, which provide extreme heat dissipating surface area. Specifically designed and carefully machined copper base (sometimes referred to as ‘cold plate’) is made from purest copper available on the market and is further polished to absolute mirror finish. This alone greatly improves the cooling performance of EK-Supremacy MX.
The top and the insert are made from injection moulded transparent MABS polymer while the cover is made from black anodized brushed aluminum. Translucent top variants have two slots for easy installation of 3mm LED diodes.
Mounting mechanism comes pre-assembled to the CPU water blocks and is secured with a circlip to hold it in place. Such design allows for a blazing fast installation, especially on Intel® LGA-2011(-3) platforms!
CPU socket compatibility:
– Intel LGA-1150/1155/1156
– Intel LGA-2011(-3)
– EK-Supremacy MX series water block with pre-installed mounting mechanism
– EK-Supremacy MX Backplate (for Intel LGA-115x platforms)
– TIM / thermal grease: EK-TIM Ectotherm (1g)
– Torx key T20
Due to commonality of parts, the EK-Supremacy MX offers the potential for an upgrade to full EVO standard.
Now keep in mind that this, unlike the Supremacy Evo, comes in Intel and AMD specific variants so you need to be sure of what platform you are going to use. Also keep in mind that this Intel specific variant does not support the older sockets (775, 1366 etc). Straightaway we also see one cost reduction here- the provided TIM is their Ectotherm and not the excellent Gelid GC-Extreme or the Indigo Extreme that comes with the Supremacy Evo variants. What else has led to the cost reduction? Let’s take a look at it on the next page.