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The XSPC RX360 V3 Radiator Review

The 2013 was an excitement and busy year for XSPC, the company introduced over a dozen new products from the new Photon reservoir, G1 Sniper M5 motherboard water-block, eye-catching compression fittings and the pump tops - just to name a few. Once again XSPC unleashed the third revision of the RX radiator series. The RX radiator series are the most popular radiator among the water-cooling enthusiasts for its value and performance. Consequently, its design technology is dated and today’s modern radiators from the competitors are surpassing the RX radiators. That’s brought us today’s review, we’ll analyze the new and improve version of the RX360 V3 radiator.



 
 
 
 
 
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Watercool HTSF2 – Heat Transformer

Introduction In the forum, we often get asked – “what is the best water cooling block?” – but we seldom get asked about the radiator. For as much attention and dedication as water blocks have been given throughout the years, the radiator (heat exchanger) has sat as a dark horse and unheralded system component. Yet, of course, it is a necessary part of the whole cooling system. Luckily times have changed. In the last few years we’ve seen some glamorous high quality build radiators surface on the market. Watercool has a well-earned reputation for manufacturing top notch water cooling products for enthusiasts. The Heatkiller water block series provide one of the best water blocks available from the German water cooling pioneer. Today we are going to focus more on their HTSF2 heat exchanger to see how it compares to their excellent water block series. The HTSF2 stands for Heat-Transformer and the number 2 represents version two. Watercool offers two flavors for the HTSF2 series; the LT and LTX. These are available in single (120mm), dual (240mm) triple (360mm), and even in quad (480mm) size. We have the HTSF2 3×120 LT in our water-cooling lab and we’re ready to put it through some rigorous tests to see if its performance is as good as its glamorous aesthetics.   Read on to find out more.  



 
 
 
 
 
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Primochill – 240mm CTR Reservoir

Personal computers have taken a big leap since the Pentium 4’s era. We no longer have beige enclosures, mismatched colored motherboards, bare-galvanized PSUs without sleeved cables...etc. Today’s computer modders and builders not only want performance and reliability but also aesthetics. Strategically selected components and color schemes are important for the build. From the enclosures down to the wires, everything has to be cosmetic. Some even spend countless hours sleeving every single wire in the system. Computer components have been gradually becoming more efficient and cooler running. In fact,air coolers have improved in design so much they’re getting almost as efficient AIO water coolers, yet they cost much less. However, on the other hand, DIY water cooling is undergoing a renaissance. Colorful boutique designs are back in fashion. To meet the demand, Primochill released its new Compression Tube Reservoir lineup and the Intensifier Liquid Dyes. Primochill has built a reputation by making solid Primoflex LRT tubing. Their the new product lines have grown, adding to Primochill’s portfolio. This brings us today’s article. Today on the test-bench we have the Primochill 240mm CTR reservoir, sporting various fluorescent colors and UV actives. It makes a perfect option for modders and water cooling enthusiasts who also want to dress up their system.



 
 
 
 
 
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Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary Edition – 16GB DDR3 2400MHz Quad-Channel (KHX24C11X3K4/16X)

Kingston celebrates 10 years of success for their HyperX family by releasing the Anniversary Limited Edition memory lineup. These special edition modules are available in various sizes from 4GB to 32GB, and there are two or four module kist with a wide range of frequencies to chose from: 1600MHz, 1866MHz, 2133MHz and the blazing fast 2400MHz. Today, we’re joining Kingston to celebrate the HyperX’s Anniversary by sampling the 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3, KHX24C11X3K4/16X quad-channel running at the blistering speed of 2400MHz, with lowest latencies of 11, and operating at 1.65v. The HyperX 10th Anniversary Edition lineup is designed to work with multiple platforms from both Intel and AMD (see Specifications for more details).



 
 
 
 
 
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Koolance CPU-380I Waterblock

At PureOC we are not only hardware junkies but we’re also water cooling addicts. It’s sad to see Danger Den ceased its operation. On the other hand, it is a joy to see another new water block released. Liquid cooling has become more popular these days in the PC cooling world, but if you’re not yet ready dive into the deep end of the water cooling pool by yourself, then let us take you there vicariously. Fans of Koolance might notice that the company recently launched the new flagship CPU waterblock. Continuing its two tones theme, the CPU-380 block is an innovative design which incorporates some of the most up-to-date water block technologies. The CPU-380 might be Koolance’s most eye catching CPU water block. It sports Acetal black and nickel plating, and is a dazzling compliment to any Intel or AMD motherboards. Koolance is no longer including both AMD and Intel mounting mechanisms in one-complete-package. The CPU-380 is now available in Intel or AMD version, the block is designated with a capitol letter “i” for Intel and “a” for AMD. Today we’re going to take a dive with the CPU-380I to find out how this new flagship waterblock stacks up against the other competitors.



 
 
 
 
 
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Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP and Sport VLP – Low Profile PC3-12800

Faster...Faster...Faster! – That’s what we all want from our CPU and desktop memory. Blazing fast chips often generate tremendous heat. Because of this, oversized air coolers and memory heat-spreaders are quickly becoming the norm. We've been seeing huge air coolers and blazing fast RAM with skyscraper tall heatsink introduced for the past few years. The oversized footprint CPU coolers are taking over the RAM’s real-estate and definitely don’t play well together in the same "sandbox." That’s just part of the reason why Crucial introduced its latest low profile dual-channel DDR3 memory kits, like the Ballistix Tactical LP and the Sport VLP series. The Ballistix Tactical LP targets the gamers, enthusiasts and power users. The Ballistix Sport VLP lineup is targeted for the mainstream. Both Tactical LP and Sport VLP are available in 4GB and 8GB density modules with the frequency of 1600MHz. For timing, CAS 8 is for the Tactical and CAS 9 for the Sport series, and both only need 1.35v to operate. Today we have both 16GB kits of the Tactical LP and the Sport VLP DDR3 PC3-12800 sitting on our test bench ready for the test drive....read more to find out how these modules perform.



 
 
 
 
 
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EK-FC670 GTX DCII Water Block

As NVIDIA infiltrates the mainstream playground with its bang-for-the-buck GTX660 lineups, and the high-end GPUs are getting special treatment with liquid cooling, what happens if you own one of the mid range GPUs, like the GTX660Ti, and want a full coverage water cooled card? Sadly, you are out of luck. You have been left out in the cold without any support from full-cover water blocks, and you have no choice but to use the universal (GPU only) block. However, the universal GPU only water block has its own disadvantages. We’ll discuss this further in the review. The fact is, there are no full-cover or limited water blocks for the mid-range graphics card, even if you own the GTX660Ti series. Consequently, most Ti cards are non-reference PCB designs and water block manufacturers are reluctant to provide any blocks for non-reference design cards. However, if you are the owner of the Asus GTX660Ti DCII or GTX670 DC II series, then you are in luck today. There is only one manufacturer brave enough to offer the full-cover water block for this non-reference design card, and that is EKWB. Overclockers, gamers and water cooling fanatics, meet the EK-FC670 GTX DCII block. The EK-FC670 GTX DCII is particularly designed to support most Asus GTX670 and GTX660 DrirectCu II lineups. A full coverage block support single or multiple graphic card configuration that utilizes high flow and micro-fins to provide maximum thermal performance. Read on to find out what this...



 
 
 
 
 
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EK Supremacy CPU Water Block Full-Nickel

I have been anxious to test the EK-Supremacy since the date it released. The Supremacy name piqued my interest because the name “Supremacy” reminds me one of my favorite action flicks – “The Bourne Supremacy.” It was about a ruthless and bad-ass assassin who could terminate anyone with a bat of an eyelash. Supremacy means to dominate, control, and that one is superior to others. EK claims the Supremacy outperforms its legendary Supreme HF block by 2°C, and has better hydraulic flow by 20%. Finally, I have my hands on the EK-Supremacy and today we’re going to put this water block in the ring with some of today’s top CPU water blocks to see how it defends against the other ruthless arse-kicking water blocks. Read on to find out what this new flagship cooling block is all about.



 
 
 
 
 
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XSPC H1 “Hive” Cube+ Extreme Enclosure

If you’re in the market for an enclosure to house all your water cooling gear, chances are you’ve considered the XSPC H1 Cube+. The H1 Cube+ is tailored toward the water cooling enthusiasts and modders. It has been one of the most desirable water cooling cases available. "Go big or go home" is sometimes the mentality of serious water cooling enthusiasts. The H1 Cube+ fits this description. It is a behemoth, standing 21 inches tall. It also has the hipline of 19 inches wide with an arm span of 24 inches deep. It is an enormous case, and offers plenty of real estate for radiators. The H1 Cube was introduced to the market in 2011 and it was XSPC's first journey into the PC enclosure segment. It was hit and miss for the first-born. However, a year later, their newest revision was reborn, which includes the plus (+) sign at the end of the name. It represents the new improved design of the Hive 1. The H1 Cube+ showed up at my doorstep in a box of 8 inches (20cm) tall by 67cm square. I find myself wondering how a huge case can fit into an 8 inch cardboard box. Ast it turns out the design is extremely modular and constructed from 100% aluminum. After assembly, the Cube+ can swallow whole XL-ATX motherboards and five 120mm radiators (3x Triple, 2x Dual, 1x Single) without any modding. Does that tickle your water cooling addiction? Read on to find out what the “Hive” is all about and if it improves upon the original.



 
 
 
 
 
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XSPC AX360 Radiator

We don't often write enough reviews on PC water cooling heat exchangers. Often referred to as radiators or rads. However when an intriguing product surfaces on the market, we will jump on it. In this article we will be talking about the new AX360 slim profile high performance radiator from XSPC. The water cooling pioneer has a long reputation of producing solid performing products at exceptional prices. The company has stepped up to the plate in recent years to unleash some very nice water cooling gear such as the Raystorm CPU water block, D5 Bay Reservoir series and high-end water cooling enclosures for the die-hard fans. The AX360 should be a welcome addition in a long line of great products.



 
 
 
 
 
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XSPC D5 Dual Bay Reservoir

Could this be a reservoir that helps you ease up the tubing cluster without breaking the bank? Click through to find out.



 
 
 
 
 
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XSPC Raystorm Copper Water Block

Introduction RayStorm is the catchy name for XSPC’s flagship CPU water block. RayStorm has garnered many awards for its outstanding thermal performance, including the PureOC Editor’s Choice Award six months ago. However, the water block has received some criticism from water cooling enthusiasts. Some enthusiasts, for example, questioned the durability of the acrylic hold-down bracket and the non-metal block’s housing. Recognizing that enthusiasts can be tough crowd to please, XSPC has received all the criticism with the open arms and made improvements to an already outstanding water block to address these concerns. Today we have the opportunity to take a close look at the result of XSPC’s improvements – the RayStorm Full Copper water block.   “We released our first product the R120 radiator in 2004, the following year we released our X20 CPU waterblock, pump and watercooling kit. Since then we have released many award winning products covering all components of wtercooling systems, most recently our RX360 full cover GPU water blocks. All our products are designed for the PC enthusiast market where they are used by gamers and PC modders. Over the past year our products have been proved very popular with boutique PC manufactures and in specialist areas like recording studio PC’s. We are constantly revising our products to improve performance.”



 
 
 
 
 
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Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro and Performer

How do these self-contained liquid cooling CPU units stack up?





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