XSPC Raystorm Copper Water Block
Based on our previous review, we knew that the RayStorm was a top performing CPU water block. Our only real concern with the Acetal version was durability. XSPC has competently addressed that issue with the RayStorm Copper and in doing so has produced one very kick-ass CPU water block. Not only is the water block absolutely gorgeous in our opinion, the RayStorm Copper performed admirably, beating most other top blocks on the market, and taken number one spot in our book.
The final consideration comes down to price. Great performance and good looks are important, but what about price? The current retail price for the RayStorm Copper is about $120. That’s a pretty hefty price tag for a CPU block, but is consistent with prices we’ve seen for high-end full copper blocks.
There is one item we wish XSPC would improve – the mounting hardware. We understand Swiftech owns the copyright of its easy mounting thumbscrews, but we think that XSPC should at least use self-locking washers, the plastic ones, to keep the tension springs and stainless steel washers in contact with the thumbscrews. We had these loose items falling off so many times during our multiple mounts, and it was a little frustrating. As noted above, however, this likely won’t be a major issue for most enthusiasts because they won’t be remounting the block as frequently as we did during our testing.
So, here’s the bottom line in our opinion: if the words “money is no object” are in your vocabulary and if you don’t mind oxidation from the copper, then the RayStorm Full-Copper is a must have CPU water block for your next build or upgrade project. It is really an exception piece of hardware.