- CPU Waterblock
- Pump and Reservoir
- Coolant, Tubing and Fittings
- Kit Performance
The Alphacool NexXxos Cool Answer 360 D5/UT Kit costs $313.94 from ModMyMods in the USA as of the date of this article. I did the math on the individual components and they cost a total of $428.96 purchased separately from the same place and again as of the date of this article. That’s a 26.8% discount which is big, but again kits generally cost less than adding up and purchasing the same components separately. There is really nothing remotely close in this price range among the other CPU coolers tested, with the most expensive besides this being the EK Predator 240 at $199 (so far anyway). So what about other kit offerings from other companies? The EK-Kit P360 has comparable items in that it uses a D5 albeit with a cylinder reservoir, a better performing CPU block but a worse performing radiator and costs $372.99. At $389.99, you get the EK-Kit X360 which has arguably better everything but that is also $76 more. The biggest competition would probably be from XSPC whose D5 Bayres Raystorm Pro RX360 kit comes in at $302, and the cylinder res version at $312. Then again, if you are willing to go with a slightly worse performing radiator and a pump that will be slightly louder, Alphacool has a DDC + XT45 360 kit at $239 which looks a lot better for the money. The main issue with the Alphacool kit is that things haven’t really changed in 3-4 years in terms of the components used, and neither has the price point. Everyone else has updated their kits with newer products, and Alphacool is at this time lagging behind. It is a good thing then that they are still very competitive, and for the price this kit is still one of the best you can get.
This is a lot of money for a “CPU cooler” but this is a lot more than that- It blew the socks off all other coolers in terms of thermal performance and/or noise levels, and also a good balance between the two. Add a GPU block and you are now at a full custom loop at ~400 or so. Seeing how custom loops can run a lot more expensive, the case for kits like this looks stronger. Is this worth a recommendation? Of course. Just do your homework and look at local prices/availability.
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