- Unboxing and Overview 1
- Unboxing and Overview 2
- Liquid Flow Restriction
- Thermal Performance
The XSPC Razor 1080/1080Ti is a full cover water block compatible with the NVIDIA reference GTX 1070, 1080, 1080 Ti and both Titan X Pascal GPUs. It is slightly different from the block I received in that it has a longer contact section for the additional VRAM modules, but everything else is the same and performs identically to this one. It costs $106.95 from Performance PCs in the USA whereas the backplate costs $27.50. The water block by itself, and the combination with the back plate, are among the least expensive of the lot, and you can even get away with the stock cooler back plate if it fits so try that first.
Build quality and packaging is excellent here, and I appreciate the detailed manual as well. There are no customization options here unfortunately, and I know many would rather see a nickel-plated copper version instead. The I/O port manifold design is function over form and perhaps to a fault since I do not know anyone who has yet to say they like how it looks, but you do get an option of 6 ports to choose from. The layered nature of the block is form over function, ironically, with an aluminum fascia and an acrylic layer with holes for the provided LEDs simply for aesthetics alone. The copper cold plate is very well machined, but the serial flow design is left lacking compared to the split flow design adopted by competitors making the XSPC Razor lower on the charts for both liquid flow restriction and thermal performance than they would have preferred I am sure. But from a performance to price basis, there is no denying you get a lot of value for your money here. In fact, the XSPC Blade that I had mentioned earlier is a simpler version of the Razor (Razor Blade, get it?) that foregoes the extra ports and the acrylic layer for lighting but gives you a cleaner looking block for a mere $79.95 which is by far the least expensive full cover water block from a reputed company today. Seriously- if you are looking for value, go buy the XSPC Blade. It has the same cooling engine and will perform the same too.
As it is, the XSPC Razor ends up being overshadowed by its younger sibling here in the bang for your buck category which is really XSPC’s strong suite lately and I do believe I would have given the Blade a very high score and high recommendation. The XSPC Razor on the other hand still does enough here and gets:
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