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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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The Modification

Normally we don’t do modifications to review samples but since we don’t have the painted version of the AX360 radiator to compare its performance, we decided to do an experiment with some paint work. We gave the bare core a few coats of RustOleum high heat paint to see if it impaired the thermal performance.

The visual results are astonishing! The matte black colour contrasted really well with the anodized silver. Match that with the chromed ports and it accents the sexiness of the AX360.

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We strapped the AX360 back on the test bench and found out it has no significant thermal performance loss; the results are almost identical. We did notice the painted core has less heat emitted in the passive mode; however, it is a negligible number of only +0.1°c higher. Keep in mind, our results don’t represent XSPC’s Matte radiator therefore your results may vary due to the different paint that we used.

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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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