When I had first approached XSPC last year, it was regarding their Raystorm CPU block and their RX V3 radiator. While the latter got covered (along with a few other XSPC radiators), I was told that the Raystorm Pro would be a better idea when it comes out. I was completely ok with that seeing how I was excited to see how the newer waterblocks performed. But due to a weird series of circumstances, I found myself having not one but two XSPC Raystorm blocks. Seeing how the Raystorm Pro is not out yet, I figured I should give this extremely popular CPU block a proper review- especially with me having 2 samples for better statistical accuracy. Thanks again to Paul from XSPC for arranging these samples, as well as the rest of the manufacturers who sent me samples for comparison.
Let’s begin by taking a look at the specs courtesy the product page:
- Designed for Multi Core CPU’s
- High Performance Copper Base 56x56x3mm
- CNC Cut Acetal Top
- G1/4″ Threads
- 4x 3mm LED Holes
- Compatible with Most Compression Fittings
- Supports Sockets 1150, 1156, 1155, 1366, 2011 and 2011-3
Supplied with mounting hardware, 1150/1156/1155, and 1366 backplates, twin blue LED, allen key, and K2 thermal paste.
There is really not much to go about here. Note that the Raystorm is sold separately for Intel and AMD sockets, and there is also a special copper version that comes with a full copper top and an aluminum bracket instead of the acetal top and acrylic bracket in my samples. You can buy replacement brackets and faceplates also in different colors and finishes, especially for the Intel version. One thing I want to mention is that I could find is also no mention of warranty anywhere on the product page, or the website itself. A quick email with XSPC later, I could confirm there is a 12 month warranty against any manufacturing defects. I would like to see this mentioned on their product pages so people don’t have to wonder. A quick email later, I have been told this would be happening in a couple of days itself. Now with that settled, let’s take a look at the product beginning on the next page.