The Watercool Heatkiller IV for the NVIDIA reference GTX 1070 and 1080 starts at €99.95 with this particular Ni-Bl version coming at €114.95. The eBC backplate costs €29.95, and all these prices are with VAT included. The pricing in the USA for the waterblocks ranges from $112 to $129 with the backplate at $34 at Performance PCs, and $104 to $138 at ModMyMods. The specific review combination provided is among the most expensive of the lot, although you can skip the backplate and go with a less expensive block too depending on aesthetical preferences.
Build quality and packaging is excellent here, and I appreciate the detailed manual as well. The various options, all of which are full length, will please enthusiasts as the past few months have shown. Not much to complain about in terms of performance either- be it liquid flow restriction or thermal performance- with the Heatkiller IV consistently near the top. I am not a fan of them not including any TIM at all since their competition all do a good job partnering with an OEM and providing a tube at lower cost than buying separately, but it is not a deal breaker as most watercoolers would usually have some available and places you can buy the block from also supply thermal paste. Retail availability is really the only issue now with a lot of blocks out of stock, and even having taken a while to come to market while their competition usually had some available on day one. Watercool does seem to be dealing with this by expanding their facilities so hopefully this ends up being a win for everyone.
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