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Installation

Follow the manual and place the thermal pads in the marked areas on the PCB, after having removed the plastic covers on both sides. I did appreciate that the VRAM thermal pads were already cut so it made things a lot easier here. XSPC has a lot of components covered here including the inductor coils and the VRAM power delivery ICs, although the primary heat sources remain the GPU, VRMs and VRAM modules as always. Apply thermal paste, and XSPC recommends pre-spreading the paste here, before placing the block on top and aligning the standoffs in the block with the holes in the PCB. Most of this page is similar to what I covered with the XSPC Razor so I am going to keep it fairly short this time round.

Now carefully flip the assembly over, and place it on a box such that the I/O plate of the PCB hangs past the box allowing the rest to lay flat. Use the provided screws, washers and nuts to install the block and also secure the I/O plate to the PCB (recommended to do first for ease of installation) as well which is a detail that more than one of XSPC’s competitors have forgotten about or not bothered to cater to.

Note also that the EVGA ACX backplate, part of the GPU I used for testing, is fully compatible with the XSPC Razor water block so you can get away with this back plate if you have the same GPU. In case you are going to use the XSPC back plate, start by placing the provided thermal pads over the two sets of ICs on the back, and then place washers over the appropriate holes noting that you may have to remove some of the screws/washers that were already used before. Once done, align the back plate on top and carefully install it using the provided longer screws making sure the washers have not moved. This is the trickiest part of the installation process but going one screw at a time and checking from the side continually will help a lot.

Removing the back plate and water block we see excellent contact everywhere, including the thermal paste not shown for this demo. Installation was mostly straightforward thus, and remember to plug in the LEDs if you want to use that feature. When doing so, align the arrows on the cables connected by the male-male pin adapter else they will not light up.

There are multiple lighting options here, including a breathing mode (multi-color, or single color), speed control and static color changes including some brightness steps. I showed above two static colors- blue and white- wherein the white has a pink hue to it and not a true white as with most RGB LEDs. The YouTube video also shows the breathing mode cycling through the color options on a medium speed setting. There is no software control to the lighting here, which I was not expecting, but managing the wires and controller will not be the easiest so set up a color effect first that you would like to keep and then set about organizing the cables.

Let’s now see how it performs beginning with liquid flow restriction on the next page.


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