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Where’s the fun in testing out just one kit when you can test 2? Following up from the review of the Alphacool NexXxos Cool Answer 360 D5/UT Kit, let’s see what XSPC brings to the table. I dare say that XSPC’s kits are among the most popular, if not the most popular outright, owing to decent quality parts for users operating on a budget. I had strongly considered an XSPC EX kit myself when I was first getting into this hobby, but then things went completely custom. So it is a bit of a return journey to me in that I am back researching, and this time even testing out, an XSPC kit. Thanks a lot to Paul for providing the kit for review.

Let’s take a look at the specs from the product page:

Kit Contents:

  • RayStorm Pro CPU Waterblock (Intel only)
  • Ion Pump/Reservoir
  • AX360 Dual Radiator
  • G1/4″ to 7/16″ Compression Fittings (Black Chrome) x6
  • XSPC 1650rpm 120mm Fan x3
  • 120mm Fan Grill (Black) x3
  • Socket 1366 and 115X Backplates
  • 80mm to 120mm Radiator Bracket
  • Twin 3mm White LED
  • 5mm White LED
  • 2 Meters of Clear 7/16″ Hose
  • 24pin ATX Bridge Tool
  • K3 Thermal Paste

Supports Intel Sockets: LGA2011, LGA2011-3, LGA1366, LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1154, LGA1155, LGA1156

and now, the kit unboxing itself:

One of the ways XSPC is able to bring these kits at a lower price is by having a common packaging for all their kits, but this also means a large list of options that is then ticked off for the specific parts inside the particular kit you have. The kit itself is in a cardboard box which is then covered by another box for aesthetics and information as seen above. The cardboard box comes sealed whereas the outer one does not, and there is a decent amount of soft foam packaging to help protect the contents inside. This is a necessity in this case, as some items come bare packed including the fans which are a point of failure in a custom loop. I would have preferred to see the fans get their own foam packaging at the very minimum, but these did arrive without any issues (that I am aware of).

In terms of contents, this is the Raystorm Pro Ion AX360 kit. As such, we see that the new XSPC Raystorm Pro CPU block is included here along with their Ion pump/reservoir unit and an AX360 radiator. These are items we have examined in more detail before (the AX480 and AX560, anyway) and so far it is a good start. The fans are new to me, and will undergo a full test in due time. XSPC is including fan grills here for whatever reason, I don’t think anyone uses fan grills on radiators anymore and especially not on radiators that are fairly high on air flow restriction to begin with paired with 1650 RPM 120 mm fans. Rounding off the kit are 6 7/16″ compression fittings to go along with 2 meters of 7/16″ tubing. The fittings I am used to- XSPC makes some great bang for the buck fittings- but the tubing is a question mark, and will remain so without any long term testing done personally. 2 meters is also on the shorter side, although the absence of a bay reservoir means all the components can be closer to each other via shorter tubing runs. Note that there is no coolant included- more on that later. A very good manual (online copy here) on top of the individual component manuals helps even a first time user make sense of everything.

Let’s take a detailed look at all the components now, beginning with the CPU block on the next page.

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