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The XSPC RX360 V3 Radiator Review

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Posted February 26, 2014 by Deton in Cooling

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Release Date: Currently available
 
Price at time of Review: $96.95
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Robust compact profile, performance and value.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

It's not pretty aesthetic as the AX radiators.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
The best value performance radiator in its class.
by Deton
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Closer Look

Specifications:

  • Matte Black Painted Core
  • Dimensions: 130 x 56 x 395mm (WxDxH)
  • Copper and Brass Core
  • Core thickness: 46mm
  • 2 Rows of 21mm by 2mm Tubes
  • 13fpi (fins per inch) Splitter Fin
  • RoHS Compliant
  • G1/4″ Ports
  • Weight: 1630 g
  • 6-32 Case and Fan Screws
  • 2x G1/4″ Plugs

 

The most noticeable difference in the V3 are the multiple port connections, the aesthetics and the overall dimensions. The RX360 V3 core is constructed from brass tubes and copper fins. It uses a split-fin design which is the same design that can be found in the AX radiator series.

 

In terms of size, bigger and thicker radiators usually perform better than smaller ones. Further, oversized radiators often have bigger water tubes for better fluid flow, and more surface area for thermal transferring. While the RX360 V3 design is based on a compact profile, it has the overall measurement of 395x120x56mm (LxWxD) and tipped the scale at 1630g. This makes the RX360 V3 a little bit thinner than the RX360 V2 radiator. It has 2 rows of 2mm brass tubes with 2 passes of water flow channels to minimize flow resistance without sacrificing the thermal performance. However, the RX360 V3 has eliminated one row of the water tube to achieve the robust compact profile.

RX360 V3, RX360 V2, HSFT2 360 LT

The more coolant that can pass through the radiator fins, the more heat it can dissipate. Speaking of fins, the RX360 has 13FPI Split-fin blazed to the tubes to give the radiator very high heat emitting surface area. The fan shrouds accept standard 15mm fan spacing and G1/4” fittings. The RX360 V3 comes with twelve 30mm, 6-32 mounting screws for 25mm fans, and 12x 6mm case mounting screws. The RX360 V3 sports 4x G1/4 connections; the multiple ports provide the flexibility for the user to configure the tubing at ease.

Lastly, the barbs and fans are installed onto the RX360 V3 prior to installation and connection into your water cooling loop; as you can see below:

 

With the 25mm fans installed, the RX360 comes to a considerable 81mm (3”) thickness.

 

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2 Comments


  1.  
    bakageta

    Considering how this rad really shines at high fan speeds, I’d love to see it compared against some of the radiators popular in that segment. Offhand, the black ice gtx 360 comes to mind. It’s always outperformed the sr1 at high speeds, and for those of us who care more for performance than volume, it’d be nice to see how this stacks up.

    If you don’t have access to one, we could probably figure something out about loaning you one for some testing.





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