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    New ROGer Array MrRocco PC Specs
    MrRocco PC Specs
    MotherboardROG Strix X399-E Gaming
    ProcessorRyzen Threadripper 1900x
    Memory (part number)G.Skill 3000MHz 32GB
    Graphics Card #1AMD Fury X
    Graphics Card #2AMD Fury X
    Monitor3x NEC EA244WMi
    Storage #1Samsung 960 Pro NVMe
    Storage #2Samsung 840 Pro SSD
    CPU CoolerEK-FB Asus ROG XE Monoblock
    CasePhanteks Enthoo Luxe TG
    Power SupplyCorsair RM1000
    Keyboard G.Skill KM780
    Mouse MS Sidewinder
    OS Windows 10 Pro x64
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    EK-FB Asus ROG ZE Monoblock for Threadripper socket TR4

    Hi folks,

    I wanted to start a thread and post some info on the new EK block for TR4 (Asus ROG edition).

    This this is beauty and the beast! It is huge because socket TR4 is huge. It is beautiful as clear acrylic over nickel plated copper base plate. It replaces the heatsink, heatpipe and fan that comes on the board covering the VRMs. I will admit that I have not really gotten into the overclocking of my TR1900X yet. Therefore I can't really comment on how hard I can push the chip. I also have no way, nor do I care for the trouble of trying to compare this to an AiO or air cooler.

    For future builders using this part, I will offer a few points of consideration that hopefully will save you some time or potential problems.

    • Careful with the bolts: The socket TR4 is already documented as sometimes being problematic. Not all of the threaded nuts on the socket are cut cleanly or completely. The result of my first mounting was that a bolt snapped off! Be very careful when starting to tighten down the four mounting bolts. Get each one started .5 of a turn. Then go in a diagonal pattern and give each one 1 rotation. It will take just an extra minute but better than what I went through. Do NOT over tighten! The bolt shank is supposed to rest against the threaded cap. However, on my first mobo that was impossible due to the manufacturing tolerance. You can get a M3.5 tap, or a spare bolt to use to work on the socket.
    • The light strip is ADDRESSABLE RGB: Is says this in the sheet, but very easy to overlook. It plugs into the ADD header on the mobo and NOT one of the 4 pin RGB headers. They look the same so easy mistake to make and you potentially burn out the leds in the WB.


    Attached is a picture of it mounted. I need to get some better shots rather than using my phone.

    I'd like to give a shout out to EK for the excellent support in helping me recover from the build mistake. Great products and great support!

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    P.S. In a pinch, you can remove the retaining circlip from one of the bolts while relieving the spring tension. This gives you a loose bolt to experiment with screwing into the threaded holes. That way you know if one of them will give you trouble.

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