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XSPC AX360 Radiator

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Posted September 6, 2012 by Deton in Cooling

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WHAT WE LIKED:

Sleek robust design with the kick-ass performance for its class.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Copper discoloration and solder exposing. Personal taste may vary
 
BOTTOM LINE:
A new King-of-the-hill heat exchanger for this class.
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by Deton
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Closer Look

When we first looked at the AX360 we noticed two things that are unique to the AX360. These are the extruded frame structure, and the chrome-plated inlet and outlet ports.

Unlike the other competitor’s radiators, the AX360 uses the removable chrome plated port-adaptor which supports all of the G1/4” fittings. The chrome really enhances the sleek aesthetics of the AX360.

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In terms of size, bigger and thicker radiators usually perform better than smaller ones. While the AX360’s design is based on the slim profile, it has the overall measurement of 405x127x40mm (LxWxD) and tipped the scale at 1100g, which make the AX360 a little bit shorter than the TFC X-Changer by2mm but bigger than its sibling EX360 radiator by 10mm.

Measurement Comparison Chart

Swiftech MCR320-QP

Dimension: 402x33x127mm (LxWxD)

Weight: 828g

XSPC EX360

Dimension: 402x33x127mm (LxWxD)

Weight: 684g

XSPC AX360

Dimension: 395x34x122mm (LxWxD)

Weight:1100g

TFC X-Changer 360

Dimension: 407x60x126mm (LxWxD)

Weigh: 1320g

Swiftech MCR320-QP, XSPC EX360 & AX360, TFC X-Changer 360

XSPC EX360 & AX360

Swiftech MCR320-QP, XSPC EX360 & AX360, TFC X-Changer 360

 The extrude anodized frame is CNC milled from 3mm thick aluminum and the XSPC logo is no longer stamped but just a faded paint instead. 

As far as fan installation goes, we had no issues with the twenty provided screws or even with the screws we subsituted for the 38mm fans.

To remove the core from the housing, all you have to do is unscrew four Torx screws at the end-plate and out comes the core. Having a removable core makes cleaning much easier then any of the competitor’s radiators .

 

Under the fins of the AX360 there are eleven 1.74mm copper water tubes for coolant to pass through causing more heat to dissipate. The AX360 has dual rows of 16 fins per inch between the water tubes. This means the AX360 has a total of 32 fins combined compared to the EX360 radiator, which has 6 fins more per inch. This type of fin design allows the AX360 to have a slim profile without compromising the thermal performance.

With the unpainted core you actually can see the copper discoloration and the solder from the blazing. The louvered fin design creates air turbulence to enhance the heat exchanging.

 

 Let’s move onto the testing.

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4 Comments


  1.  
    Guy

    With fans mounted, I don’t imagine small discolorations on the copper will be noticed unless you’re really close and looking for them.




  2.  
    ELPCU

    Hmm, we are talking generally about 1 Degree Temperature difference. Only different one is AMS, which is Aquacomputer Airlex Modularity System, which costs significantly more and much worse Flow.

    Well, I think Ax series is not bad, and I don’t think copper discoloration does matter, because other rads are mostly black, so for me it seems it not fair to compare like this unless its black version is messed up.(well AMS is also raw copper, but YEAY skyrocket cost!)

    But Its problem is lack of water hole. At least I want to see an extra water port. the tap is really helpful when I manage my waterloop. For example, when I want to exchange coolant, I need to take the coolant out from my loop, but water inside rad do not come out easily without extra port slightly opened for air hole.
    Extra port also give some freedom to change my loop.




    •  
      Deton

      XSPC has multiple port rad but it’s EX not AX thought.

      AMS quality is way way better, it doesn’t have solder joins. It’s true the AMS is very restrictive flow but its performance still kick any rads out of the water in its class. Look at the chart carefully again, look at medium to slow speed, it beats most rad by at least 2°C that say a lot how power the rad is.





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