Published on Thursday, 05 January 2017 22:08
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When we tested the EK-XLC Predator 240 over a year ago we all thought that it was a great AIO liquid cooler (perhaps the best of its class) but at the same time we wanted something more. The 360 model offers that “extra” but most mid-towers in the market currently don’t have enough room for it and so we were all looking forward to the day EK water blocks would release the best of both worlds, a 280 model. That day arrived and although the EK-XLC Predator 280 doesn’t land far away from its smaller brother (the 240 model) in terms of performance it does offer that while at the same time producing lower noise levels. The new Predator 280 is just as thick as its predecessor so that is once again somewhat of a drawback but most modern mid and full towers shouldn’t have a problem with that (nor should many old models). The new EK-XLC Predator 280 also comes with the QDC (quick disconnect coupling) which we didn’t have the chance to test when we reviewed the 240 model so after playing around with it during our tests I have to admit that it can come handy if you decide to opt for one of EKWBs QDC modules.
Right now the EK-XLC Predator 280 by EK Water Blocks retails for USD249.98 inside the USA (Amazon.com) and for 244Euros inside the EU (Amazon.co.uk) a price tag which is once again set quite high for an AIO solution. Of course unlike most of their competition EK water blocks uses custom pieces to manufacture their Predator line and we do feel that the excellent build quality and performance are well worth the price premium but at the end of the day not everyone may agree with us. That being said the EK-XLC Predator 280 is without doubt one of the best AIO liquid coolers money can buy and for that it gets our Platinum Award.
- Excellent Build Quality
- Top Of The Line Cooling Efficiency
- Expandable / Future proof (Can Add Extra Radiators, GPU waterblocks, CPU waterblocks, Pumps)
- Powerful EK-SPC 60A pump (450 l/h)
- SATA Power Connector
- Quick Disconnect Coupling
- Intel Only (Optional AMD Mounting)
- Price (For Some)