EK gears up for LGA 7529 socket with EK-Pro CPU water blocks.

January 11, 2024

EK has released two high-performance liquid cooling solutions, the EK-Pro CPU WB 7529 and 7529 Rack water blocks, specifically designed for Intel's upcoming "Sierra Forest" processor family with an impressive 288 cores per socket, offering an efficient solution for heat management in cloud and HPC server applications.

  • Designed specifically for the Intel "Sierra Forest" processor family
  • Features an evolved cooling engine for effective heat management
  • Constructed with high-quality materials for durability and performance

EK, a leading Liquid Cooling gear manufacturer, has announced the release of two high-performance liquid cooling solutions for the IntelSierra Forest” processor family. The EK-Pro CPU WB 7529 and 7529 Rack water blocks are specifically designed to cool the Sierra Forest CPUs, which are Intel’s first-generation E-core Xeon server processors based on the LGA 7529 socket.

These CPUs, set to launch in the first half of 2024, boast an impressive 288 cores per socket, resulting in a remarkable 576 cores per server. With such a high core count, liquid cooling is a practical solution for effective heat management.

The Sierra Forest architecture aims to achieve ultra-high core counts for increased compute density, benefiting cloud and HPC server applications. However, this greater compute density also presents challenges for traditional air cooling methods.

The EK-Pro CPU WB 7529 water blocks feature an evolved cooling engine compared to their predecessors, designed to accommodate the larger surface area of the new Intel CPUs. These CPU water blocks are constructed with a precisely machined copper base (cold plate) and treated with nickel electroplating. The top is made of CNC-milled durable black POM Acetal, while the hold-down bracket is laser-cut stainless steel.

The EK-Pro CPU WB 7529 Ni + Acetal is a dedicated workstation-grade water block for Intel LGA 7529 processors. It features three standard G1/4″ threaded ports on the top and is suitable for workstations and taller server racks.

On the other hand, the EK-Pro CPU WB 7529 Rack Ni + Acetal is a dedicated server-grade water block with 1U rack compatibility. It offers four G1/8″ ports split into two sides for easier tube management and enhanced compatibility with low-profile racks.

The EK-Pro CPU WB 7529 water blocks are manufactured in Slovenia, Europe, and are available for pre-order through the EK Webshop. Shipping is expected to commence in late February 2024. The manufacturer-suggested retail price (MSRP), including VAT, is 179.90€ for both models.

Overall, EK’s new liquid cooling solutions provide an efficient and effective means of cooling the high-performance Sierra Forest CPUs, catering to the demands of cloud and HPC server applications.


Background Information

About EK: EKWB, or EK Water Blocks, is a Slovenian company specializing in liquid cooling solutions for computers. They are well-regarded for their high-quality water cooling components, including CPU and GPU water blocks, radiators, pumps, and tubing. EKWB is a trusted brand among PC enthusiasts and overclockers, offering efficient and customizable cooling solutions to help maintain optimal operating temperatures for high-performance computers.

About Intel: Intel Corporation, a global technology leader, is for its semiconductor innovations that power computing and communication devices worldwide. As a pioneer in microprocessor technology, Intel has left an indelible mark on the evolution of computing with its processors that drive everything from PCs to data centers and beyond. With a history of advancements, Intel's relentless pursuit of innovation continues to shape the digital landscape, offering solutions that empower businesses and individuals to achieve new levels of productivity and connectivity.

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Technology Explained

CPU: The Central Processing Unit (CPU) is the brain of a computer, responsible for executing instructions and performing calculations. It is the most important component of a computer system, as it is responsible for controlling all other components. CPUs are used in a wide range of applications, from desktop computers to mobile devices, gaming consoles, and even supercomputers. CPUs are used to process data, execute instructions, and control the flow of information within a computer system. They are also used to control the input and output of data, as well as to store and retrieve data from memory. CPUs are essential for the functioning of any computer system, and their applications in the computer industry are vast.

Liquid Cooling: Liquid cooling is a technology used to cool down computer components, such as processors, graphics cards, and other components that generate a lot of heat. It works by circulating a liquid coolant, such as water or a special coolant, through a series of pipes and radiators. The liquid absorbs the heat from the components and then dissipates it into the air. This technology is becoming increasingly popular in the computer industry due to its ability to provide more efficient cooling than traditional air cooling methods. Liquid cooling can also be used to overclock components, allowing them to run at higher speeds than their rated speeds. This technology is becoming increasingly popular in the gaming industry, as it allows gamers to get the most out of their hardware.

Xeon: The Intel Xeon processor is a powerful and reliable processor used in many computer systems. It is a multi-core processor that is designed to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. It is used in servers, workstations, and high-end desktop computers. It is also used in many embedded systems, such as routers and switches. The Xeon processor is known for its high performance and scalability, making it a popular choice for many computer applications. It is also used in many cloud computing applications, as it is capable of handling large amounts of data and providing high levels of performance. The Xeon processor is also used in many scientific and engineering applications, as it is capable of handling complex calculations and simulations.

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