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Watercool Heatkiller IV Pro Water Block Breakdown

Author:Kyle Bennett

Date: Friday , February 16, 2018

We have been waiting for Watercool's new Threadripper water block to show up so we could get to testing it, but they sold so many that they were taking care of their customers first before sending us a review unit. That is something you have to like about a company when you see them going to bat for their customers. Let's open us this HEATKILLER!
What we have been doing with most of our Threadripper water blocks, is doing a quick unboxing and then taking those blocks apart so we can see exactly what those are all about on the inside. AMD's Threadripper has shown us that microfin footprint and flow paths are of the utmost importance. To date, the XSPC RayStorm remains king, and the EK EVO Supremacy remains the court jester. We did take the time to do a full an AMD Threadripper Water Block Cooler Roundup for 2017. If AIOs are more your style, you can see our rounup of the only three specifically designed for Threadripper in our ENERMAX LIQTECH TR4 280 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review.

That all said, Watercool has the stage today with its HEATKILLER IV PRO water block designed for AMD's Threadripper. Watercool has been selling some special edition versions since November of last year, but is just now spinning up with "regular" versions for the retail market, here is what they have to say about the blocks.

With an TDP of 180W(without overclocking), AMDs Threadripper CPUs are the most powerconsuming processors currently available. Hence, these CPUs benefit greatly by a potent cooling solution. So we are very proud to announce our HEATKILLER IV for Threadripper CPU water blocks!

The first block in the line up will be the Pure Copper version, available from November 10th. Two weeks later, a nickel plated version and two versions with an acrylic top will be available. Thess Acryl versions will also be the pinnacle of our line up, coming with a preinstalled RGB LED strip that will easily integrate the block into any existing illumination concept. All four versions come with the extremely large coldplate that not only covers the entire IHS of the Threadripper CPUs, but also doublefunctions as mounting solution onto the TR4 socket.

Below is the breakdown for your viewing pleasure.

The Takeaway

After looking at the way the microfin footprint and flow paths have been designed with the HEATKILLER IV PRO, I am thinking that we have found our first block to truly give the XSPC RayStorm Pro a run for its money. Surely that will be only figured out through lots of testing. Hopefully, if everything goes smoothly, we should have our review published next week.

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