Installation and mounting manual for EK
Installation and mounting manual for EK-FB GA G1.Sniper 5 water block
This product is intended for installation only by expert users. Please consult with a qualified technician for installation. Improper installation may result in damage to your equipment. EK Water Blocks assumes no liability
whatsoever, expressed or implied, for the use of these products, nor their installation. The following instructions are subject to change without notice. Please visit our web site at www.ekwb.com for updates. Before
installation of this product please read important notice, disclosure and warranty conditions printed on the back of the box.
Before you start using this product please follow these basic guidelines:
1. Please carefully read the manual before through before beginning the installation process!
2. Please remove your motherboard from the computer to assure safest mounting process in order to prevent any possible damages to your CPU and/or motherboard’s circuit board (PCB).
3. The EK High Flow and EK-PSC type fittings require only a small amount of force to screw them firmly in place since the liquid seal is ensured by the rubber O-ring gaskets.
4. The use of quality, market proved corrosion inhibiting coolants is always strongly recommended for any liquid cooling system.
STEP 1: GENERAL INFORMATION Sample photo of Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 motherboard
MOSFETs
PLX (8747) PCIe lane splitter
CPU socket 1150
Intel Z87 PCH (SB)
STEP 2: PREPARING YOUR MOTHERBOARD
1. REMOVING STOCK COOLER. Remove all encircled screws on the back of the
motherboard in order to remove the factory installed MOSFET - as well as SB cooling
solution.
2. CLEANING THE PCB. Carefully detach the original stock cooler after removing all
screws securing it to the board. Wipe off the remains (by using non-abrasive cloth or qtip, as shown on sample photo) of the original thermal compound until the components
and circuit board are completely clean. EKWB recommends the use of denatured alcohol
for removing TIM leftovers.
3. APPLYING THERMAL COMPOUND. Apply thermal compound: lightly coat the 4. CUTTING THERMAL PADS. Your block comes with thermal pads, some of which are
Intel Z87 PCH (SB) with electrically non-conductive thermal grease - for example already pre-cut. Others have to be cut to smaller pieces in order to cover all the VRM
Arctic Cooling MX-2 ™, MX-4 ™ or GELID GC-Extreme ™. EKWB recommends to
apply the thermal grease in cross form for the best performance (see sample
picture).
components such as MOSFETs and drivers. PLEASE REMOVE THE PROTECTIVE FOIL
FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE THERMAL PADS PRIOR TO INSTALLATION.
Replacement thermal pad: Thermal PAD A 1,0 mm - (100 x 16 mm) [EAN: 3830046996626]
5. PLACING THERMAL PADS ON MOTHERBOARD. Place the thermal pads you cut on a PCB as shown in the picture bellow (PLEASE REMOVE THE PROTECTIVE FOIL FROM
BOTH SIDES OF THE THERMAL PADS PRIOR TO INSTALLATION). EK recommends using small drops of electrically non-conductive (for example: Arctic Cooling MX-2 ™, MX-4 ™
or GELID GC-Extreme ™) thermal grease on each phase regulator (that is being covered with thermal pad; see picture below) in order to even further improve the thermal
performance of the EK-FB GA G1.Sniper 5 series water block.
Place 1.0 mm thick thermal pads in larger strips over the
marked area and make sure all MOSFET chips and PLX
(8747) PCIe lane splitter are covered.
All disclosures, notices and warranty conditions are being written on EKWB web page. Please check terms of use.
Revision 1.0. Published on October 9th, 2013
STEP 3: PREPARING YOUR WATER BLOCK
PLACING SB BLOCK ON MOTHERBOARD. Place the EK-FB GA G1.Sniper 5 water block with pre-installed standoffs gently to the motherboard or vice versa. Make sure that
mounting holes are aligned.
STEP 4: ATTACHING THE BLOCK TO THE MOTHERBOARD
STEP 5: CHECKING FOR CONTACTS
Prior to fastening the screws please make sure the mounting holes on the motherboard’s
circuit board are aligned with water block.
Temporarily remove the water block to check for uniform surface contact
between the block and the components. Note the pattern of contact on a piece of
paper. Then repeat steps 3 and 4 to reattach the block applying more or less
pressure to the areas where you have found it necessary. Note that there is no
need for perfect thermal pad imprint on the inductors/coils (mentioned in STEP2)
Use 10 (ten) M2.5x4 and 10 (ten) PVC washers. Tighten the screws, beginning near the
center of the board and continue evenly outwards. EK recommends installing loosely first all
the screws and only then start fastening them. Do not use excessive force when tightening
the screws! Use the enclosed screws and washers as shown in picture below:
M2.5 x 4 screw
Chip die thermal grease imprint
PVC washer
Thermal pad imprints
6. POSITIONING FITTINGS AND CONNECTING TO WATER CIRCUIT
Attach the liquid cooling tubes and connect the water-block(s) into the cooling circuit. EKWB recommends using EK-CSQ compression fittings with the EK-FB GA G1.Sniper 5
series water block. You can use any opening as an inlet/outlet port. Plan your tubing routing in advance!
Tubing
EK-CSQ fitting
REQUIRED TOOLS AND MOUNTING SCREWS:
scissors
philips screwdriver
All disclosures, notices and warranty conditions are being written on EKWB web page. Please check terms of use.
Revision 1.0. Published on October 9th, 2013
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