XSPC AX360 Radiator
Over the decades we have seen that bigger and thicker heat exchangers almost always outperform the smaller thinner ones, but XSPC has altered that perception with the AX series. We are impressed with the AX360’s craftsmanship and its thermal performance. It surpassed our expectations. The AX360 easily crushes all of the slim profile radiators and doesn’t shy away from competing with the big boys either.
At the current time the pricing and availability of the AX360 is unclear to us. We were told the retail price would be in the same range as the RX360 radiator. We hope the bare-core version will be a little less than the painted radiator since it has less production cost. The water cooling enthusiasts want maximum performance, but either the bare-core or painted doesn’t seem to make much of a difference in this instance. Since the radiators are convection designed; it needs a good stream of cool air to dissipate the heat as we have demonstrated in our tests. The unpainted bare copper may not appeal to everyone because the AX360 Silver does show some discoloration and exposed solder.
In the end, no matter what your personal taste on the aesthetics are, the AX360 is still an amazing heat exchanger. It is one of the best slim radiators we have ever tested, and may offer great value, if the AX360 is available at the sub $90 range. It definitely deserves our Editor’s Choice award.