- Unboxing, Overview and Disassembly
- Liquid Flow Restriction
- Thermal Performance
A little over an year ago, I was talking about how Alphacool’s CPU waterblock range was quite dated and performance, flow, aesthetics all lacking a lot. Since then Alphacool has revamped nearly everything in their product line, and finally now we have a new CPU waterblock as well. Named the Eisblock XPX to match the rest of their “Eis” range of products, Alphacool is claiming chart leading performance, patented innovations and modding/customization support with high build quality. So let’s see if the product meets the expectations set forth and thank Aquatuning for the review sample.
Let’s take a look at the specs from the product page:
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 65 x 65 x 30 mm
- Connections: 2 x G1 / 4 “
- Pressure tested: 2 bar
- Color: Black sandblasted
- Material housing: aluminum / acetal
- Compatibility Intel: 775/1056/1155/1150/1151/2011 / 2011-3
- Compatibility AMD: AM2 / AM2 + / AM3 / AM3 + / FM1 / FM2 / FM2 + / AM4
- 1x Alphacool Iceblock XPX CPU – Intel / AMD – Deep Black
- Mounting material
- Multilingual installation instructions (DE, EN, FR)
The Eisblock XPX comes in a few different options when it comes to finish- a must have these days. I have the deep black version which has a thin black aluminum cover on an acetal top and a nickel plated copper cold plate. The other options so far include a silver and a blue color with these being replaceable top covers that can be purchased separately. Alphacool also mentions that color matching screw covers will be provided with the different color covers as well, so I presume this sample has black screw covers and we will get to this on the next page. It is one of the tallest blocks I have seen, with a listed height of 30 mm, and it also comes with Intel and AMD (including the new AM4 socket) support out of the box so you won’t have to pay for socket conversion kits if needed. As with everything Alphacool, a single year of warranty is all you get and with 2017 looming I want to see this increased to 2-3 years now. Some people are still hesitant to go with nickel plated copper parts these days, and if a company is happy enough with the product to sell it then show it with an increased warranty period. On to the next page now.