[LABO] EK-Nucleus AIO CR360 Direct Die D-RGB – 1700


During our visit to EK at CES 2024, we discovered their AIO cooling system in the EK-Nucleus AIO CR360 Direct Die D-RGB – 1700 version. Behind this name lies a solution for keeping your delid processor cool. As a reminder, delid means removing the IHS(Integrated Heat Spreader) in contact with the die. The EK-Nucleus AIO CR360 Direct Die therefore cools the die directly, optimizing CPU cooling.

To begin with, you’ll need to remove the IHS from your processor using the EK-Quantum Velocity² IHS Removal – 1700 Tool. EK has provided us with a copy for testing purposes. The EK-Nucleus AIO CR360 Direct Die box contains the AIO cooling system and three FPT 120 D-RGB fans.

A box contains all the accessories needed to hold the delid processor in the motherboard socket, as well as the mounting system. Not thermal paste, but a syringe of liquid metal from Thermal Grizzly, much better suited to direct-die cooling.

A second cover for the top of the pump is also part of the bundle, if you’re not a fan of the original one depicting a skull. Older fans will see a resemblance with the logo Intel used on some of its components. In all cases, customization will be possible via 3D printing.

This EK-Nucleus AIO CR360 Direct Die D-RGB – 1700 cooling kit is currently available for pre-order at a price of 206 euros, while the tool for deliding your processor is available for 81 euros. We’re still awaiting further information from EK before beginning this review of delid and direct die cooling.

It remains to be seen which processor we’ll be using for this test?