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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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Summary

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.

 

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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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