EK Supreme HF Review

Intro

The EK Supreme HF is the newest offering from EK. While it only has minor internal and external visual differences compared to EK Supreme, it’s actually an all-new block and promises to perform radically differently.  The original Supreme had one fatal flaw: the microchannels were too shallow.  This was detrimental to performance in a couple of ways: it was extremely restrictive and it had minimal surface area.  I attempted to measure the depth the microchannels and I couldn’t get any effective reading–they were likely .5mm or shallower.  In contrast, the Heatkiller 3.0′s have a channel depth of roughly 1.5mm.  This was the primary reason why the Heatkiller was such a great performer when it entered the market–the (relatively) deep microchannels were low restriction and high surface area.  The Supreme HF ups the ante with microchannels roughly 1.9mm deep.  In addition to the greatly improved base, there are other minor improvements compared to the Supreme.

EK had two minor updates to the original Supreme in the past few months, first with the Supreme Gold, which was a limited edition gold-plated Supreme sporting a solid metal top, a lower restriction midplate, and slightly deeper microchannels.  The second was the EK Supreme Classified, which was a Supreme with a red acrylic top and a base with slightly deeper microchannels.  That said, the EK Supreme HF is the true successor to the original Supreme and delivers a major step forward in performance.

I would like to thank Performance-PCs for sending me this EK Supreme HF sample.

EK Supreme HF

Packaging and Contents

In addition to debuting a new CPU block, EK continues the rollout of their new site and packaging design.  Out are the old, plain boxes and in are sporty new sleeved, multi-fold, colored boxes.  It’s really attractive packaging, there’s no better way to say it.

When you first open the box, you’re greeted with the majority of the hardware accessories. The mounting hardware, the injection plates, and the backplate components are all there. Additionally, the instructions are also in the top compartment. When you remove all that, you see more EK branding and advertising on the inside of the box, which borders on excessive. A component checklist would be nice to see there, or a brand phrase (akin to ASUS’s “Rock Solid, Heart Touching,” as awful as it was). Anything other than advertising for their other products.


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