- Unboxing, Overview and Disassembly
- Liquid Flow Restriction
- Thermal Performance
Alphacool directly sells the Eisblock XPX in Europe at a price of € 69.95 (inc. VAT) for the deep black and also the silver version with the blue version not yet out. For customers in the USA, these cost $73.31 from Aquatuning, $73.31 from Performance PCs and $73.25 from ModMyMods. There is a lot of competition in this price range, for what is essentially an acetal/nickel block with a thin aluminum cover that barely feels like it. Among just the newer blocks, you can get a full metal top version at this price or lower. So this is going to get docked some points for relative pricing.
Build quality and packaging were very good, and packaging better than average to help get some points back. I appreciate Alphacool’s new packaging, especially with them retaining the foam packaging all over and improving the rest. The installation manual isn’t very good, however there really isn’t a big standard here from the rest of the competition. Aside from EK and perhaps XSPC, the rest would all do well to improve here.
In terms of functionality, this taller than average block will definitely catch your eye when using it but when inside a case it hardly matters next to larger components. What does matter is that cable and managing it in a crowded area. If you do not want the LEDs in action, you could always snip it off and cover the wires with insulating tape, but again this is a grey area wherein I see some people like it and yet many others do not. I personally do not care for a lit up logo in a single color. Aesthetics are personal and at this point the Eisblock XPX is limited in two color options. I do like that they come with matching mounting brackets and screw covers though.
It has a higher flow restriction than most other blocks, and is currently the most restrictive new-gen CPU block released. A lot of this has to do with the thin microchannels in a large area, but their ramp up and distribution flow design also impacts this. Speaking of which, the Eisblock XPX with the corrected installation had a much better performance overall. Whilst doing the re-test, I have since realized that the user removable top cover and plastic inserts for the LEDs are really frustrating and not user friendly at all, although those who want to spend the time and effort will be awarded with the means to change the LED color and outer looks to better suit their individual needs. Overall there are enough things to merit a high score, even if there are some questions left regarding whether or not that internal flow split and combine does anything at ~1 GPM coolant flow levels. The Alphacool Eisblock XPX gets:
As always, my scoring is based off a start of 100% with deductions for relative performance and noise, build quality and packaging, relative pricing and how well a product meets the intended application. If you would like to be kept up to date with all the reviews, do subscribe via the widget on side or on social media- Facebook,Twitter. If you would like to support or want to simply reach out, please use the contact page. Thanks for reading!