Continuing on from the review of the XSPC RX480 V3 and AX480 V1/V2, now let’s take a look at the third radiator series from XSPC: The EX. These radiators are not their flagship series with the RX being excellent at low fan speeds and the AX picking things up at the higher fan speeds, but rather meant to serve as a performance series at a budget price. Good bang for the buck then? Well thanks to Paul from XSPC, we now have a chance to take a look and see. Now keep in mind that this sample is a quad 140mm fan radiator- not a quad 120 (480mm) and so I had to find some 560mm comparison radiators too. I did have a Hardwarelabs Black Ice SR1 which I had procured as part of a case exchange, and Hardwarelabs was also kind enough to sponsor a Black Ice Nemesis 560GTX for my ongoing case build. So with the relative performance from these, and seeing how I have the Nemesis GTX in both 360 and 480mm variants tested out against several other radiators, one can also make a reasonable estimate of how the EX series fares against other radiators also. Thanks also to Blacknoise for providing the fans used in all my radiator tests- it would have been impossibly without their extremely generous contribution.
Without further ado, let’s begin by taking a look at the specs courtesy the product page:
- Copper and Brass Core
- Black Matt Paint Finish
- RoHS Compliant
- Dimensions: 143 x 36 x 600 mm (WxDxH)
- Weight: ~1339g
- Ports: G1/4″
- Screws: 6-32 UNC
- Fans: 4 x 140mm (8x with push/pull)
Supplied 30mm and 6mm 6-32 UNC screws
There’s not much else to go by there, but there is this nice technical drawing which will help you determine compatibility with the case and other components and also plan out plumbing for your custom loop. Now let’s take a detailed look at the radiator on the next page.