We're told that the QDC AIO is tool-less and eliminates the need for draining, using standard G1/4 threaded ports and 5/8” / 3/8” rubber tubing. The unit is pre-filled and connects with other pre-filled, compatible EK solutions – like GPU water blocks (pre-filled) with QDC compatibility. Coincidentally, EK hopes to make available QDC-ready GPU blocks on November 5th.
EK notes in its “technical highlights” that the cooler uses something they call “Hovercore,” which theoretically reduces chassis vibration initiated by the pump. This should reduce some of the pump noise introduced by other popular solutions.
The radiator uses an entirely copper core, a big difference from the aluminum radiators that dominate the market. Copper has a thermal conductivity (measured in W/mK) of nearly 2x aluminum, though its real-world efficacy can be questionable for relatively low-thermal PC components.
EK's pump is made by DDC and is PWM-controlled, so pump speeds can be regulated by the motherboard, pursuant to CPU temperatures and demand.
We'll have more coverage on the Predator as it nears launch.
- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.