With the recent success AMD has had with its new R9 series, many people are itching to get their hands on one. Bitcoin miners have also been snatching them up off store shelves at a rapid pace. So, if you are lucky enough to already have one, or are planning on getting an R9-290 or R9-290x, why not make sure you run it cooler then it can now? The XSPC Razor 290/290x water block is a great after market solution to get those load temps in check and eliminate all fan noise from the GPU.
The XSPC Razor is actually what it claims to be, a full cover block. Some out there claim to be a full cover but only cover 3/4 of the PCB, I personally do not like these. Not because of performance differences but for appearance. I find the 100% cover blocks to look better in the completed system by offering a seamless appearance. The Razor with the soft glow of the LEDs shining through the clear acetal also looks outstanding. Installing the Razor was simple and took me about 10 minutes to install on the Sapphire R9-290. Just keep an eye on the fittings when being installed into the plastic fitting block. Cross threading could leave you with a useless leaking water block.
Pricing of the Razor falls in line with most of the competing water blocks for the R9-290/290x at $134. It cost more then a few of them but the Razor makes up for it by having a 100% copper base… no Nickel plating or limited copper placement. Surprisingly the Razor is not heavy. It actually feels like it weighs less then the stock heatsink and shroud before water is introduced to the block. XSPC even offers a matching back plate for $39.99 to finish off the sleek style of the Razor.
Great appearance, full cover block, 100% copper base, outstanding cooling, ease of installations and competitive pricing makes the XSPC Razor R9- 290/290x an easy choice for the Pureoverclock Editor’s Choice Award.