Torque fittings are still turning heads, which helped the EK-Quantum Line win its second iF DESIGN AWARD this year. With last year’s success of the EK-Quantum Magnitude CPU water block, this is the third design award in the bag for EKWB. Torque fittings are simply born to be different and stand out from the mundane. It wasn’t an easy task, but EK decided to make the Quantum leap with a new, daring design, and it paid off.
Consistent design principles and details were implemented to unify a vast range of physical and aesthetic variations. These principles allow users to conveniently assemble a coherent system that meets their needs and flows together in every sense. Multiple lengths, diameters, and angles are combined with rotatable elements to simplify and organize the construction of a complete loop. A robust and industrial aesthetic set the Torque family apart by highlighting the precise manufacturing processes used to create them. Uniquely, a color ring can be added to give a personal accent to several of the fittings.
Torque products are primarily comprised of machine-turned solid brass parts designed to remove minimal material to achieve the required form. Surface texture is created by linear broaching rather than knurling to give a cleaner appearance with equal proportions on each fitting size. As the user must configure and connect every piece, predominantly by hand, these form one of the most tactile processes in constructing a liquid cooling loop. This process invites the user to disassemble and examine every individual piece before rebuilding it as their own expressive creation.
Planning and assembling the products is a fulfilling experience that provides a rewarding sense of achievement and involvement. As all Torque fittings use the accepted industry standard thread and interface with several tubing sizes popular in each region, they are not proprietary and can be used repeatedly in several computers. By virtue of the efficient design, minimal material is removed, and there are no energy-intensive processes required to achieve the final form. By adding or exchanging color rings, the base fitting can continue to provide additional value to the user, reducing obsolescence.
Each year, the world’s oldest independent design organization, the Hannover-based iF International Forum Design, organizes the iF DESIGN AWARD, the world-renowned design prize. This year, more than 10,000 entries were submitted from 52 countries in hopes of receiving the seal of quality.
EKWB is a technology company founded in 1999. It bears the name of its founder, Edvard König. Over the years, the company expanded its product portfolio to become one of the most comprehensive computer liquid cooling solutions providers, all marketed under the EK® brand. The company holds several partnerships with leading brands like AMD®, ASUS®, Intel®, MSI®, and Seagate®. In addition, EKWB develops a line of EK-Fluid Gaming fully liquid-cooled gaming PCs and EK-Fluid Works workstations while also operating in the automotive industry. Our vision is to elevate computer performance by combining innovative technologies, elegant design, and a passion for details.
About the iF DESIGN AWARD
For 67 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services, and the iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important international design prizes. This year, more than 10,000 entries were submitted from 52 countries in hopes of receiving the seal of quality. All awarded entries are featured on the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE and in the iF design app.