PlayStation 5 liquid cooling costs just as much as the console itself
What EK-QuantumX CoolingStation for PS5 is a full cover monoblock for the console. It will give gamers a chance to improve cooling efficienty of the console, but it also comes with some drawbacks.
For gamers seeking to make their PlayStation 5 console truly stand out, they must venture beyond the ordinary and explore various options such as accessories, wraps, or enhanced cooling solutions. EK, however, has taken a step forward by unveiling a comprehensive water cooling solution designed specifically for the PlayStation 5. EK boldly claims that their cooling innovation represents a breakthrough, promising to be a “beacon of coolness amidst the sea of heatet gaming sessions”.
The installation of this monoblock is relatively straightforward, utilizing standard Mini-ITX standoffs, making it compatible with a variety of PC chassis. EK’s promotional images reveal the console snugly nestled as a secondary system within a full tower PC case, positioned alongside the primary PC components.
This monoblock serves as a protective enclosure for all critical PS5 components, including the SOC, GDDR6 memory, and controllers. Its construction features a combination of plexiglass cutouts and nickel-plated electrolytic copper.
The power delivery mechanism employs a custom PCB, enabling the conversion from a 2-pin DC to an 8-pin PCIe connector. It’s worth noting that once the main board is situated beneath the monoblock, users have the option to install the PS5 front interface board, although the monoblock itself lacks the necessary space for this component.
It’s crucial to understand that this monoblock requires the presence of an entire custom water-cooling loop for proper functionality, along with an ATX-standard power supply to ensure adequate power delivery. Additionally, an external RGB controller is required if users wish to enjoy the optional RGB LED effects. If users intend to install an additional m.2 SSD drive, it is indeed compatible with this monoblock but will require disassembly for access and installation.
Compatible PS5 models
- CFI-1200A (Japan, Disc Edition)
- CFI-1200B (Japan, Digital Edition)
- CFI-1202A (Australia, Disc Edition)
- CFI-1202B (Australia, Digital Edition)
- CFI-1208A (Russia, Ukraine, India, Central Asia, Disc Edition)
- CFI-1208B (Russia, Ukraine, India, Central Asia, Digital Edition)
- CFI-1215A (North America, Disc Edition)
- CFI-1215B (North America, Digital Edition)
- CFI-1216A (Europe, Disc Edition)
- CFI-1216B (Europe, Digital Edition)
- CFI-1218A (Singapore, Disc Edition)
- CFI-1218B (Singapore, Digital Edition)
EK has set the price for their monoblock at €449, which aligns closely with the price of a PlayStation 5 in Europe. This price point may seem quite steep, essentially doubling the overall cost of the console. Gamers who invest substantial time in extended gaming sessions might view this product as a worthwhile solution to enhance their console’s performance, ensuring quieter and cooler operation.
Beyond the product’s price tag, prospective buyers should consider the essential prerequisites: an ATX power supply, a mini-ITX case, and the necessity of an RGB controller to fully utilize its features. Moreover, the installation process is further complicated by the presence of liquid metal on the PS5 chip. The installation process was covered by EK a 12-minute-long video showing each step.