- Unboxing and Overview 1
- Unboxing and Overview 2
- Liquid Flow Restriction
- Thermal Performance
The XSPC Razor RGB 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 replaces both the Razor and the short-lived Blade GPU block lines, and costs $117.95 from Performance PCs in the USA. It costs $11 more than the old Razor block thus, and the backplate costs the same at $27.50 given it has not changed. The water block by itself, and the combination with the back plate, continues to be 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. The price increase, as XSPC states, is more for the bundled RGB LEDs and controller, with the microfin machining an added bonus as a result of their continuous improvement of existing products.
Build quality and packaging is excellent here, and I continue to appreciate the detailed manuals covering the various installation options. 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 used to be function over form with a large footprint offering 6 ports in multiple directions, but here we have a much smaller version with only 2 ports that has its own pro and con- the smaller design is cleaner, fits better with the overall aesthetics and does not extend past the PCB height but you now have to get rotary fittings to get the same level of freedom you have before (and more). The addition of a polished acrylic top that the aluminum fascia does not cover entirely is XSPC recognizing what the average custom watercooling customer wants, and the bundled RGB LEDs w/controller are part of that. The controller seems fragile, and is limiting in functionality no doubt, but the pinouts appear to be standard and these may be supported on motherboard LED headers- no guarantee on that, however, since I did not try. The copper cold plate is very well machined, and XSPC is trying their hardest to stretch the serial flow design by having longer and thinner fins as much as their tooling would allow. This got them closer to the top of the performance table for GPU core cooling, but it is only delaying their entry into split-flow, or something different, cooling designs that others have adopted already.
As it is, the XSPC Razor RGB is an aesthetics and performance upgrade within the same “generation” of GPU blocks for an agreeable price hike. The biggest benefit here would be for space cramped builders where the block takes up no more room than the standard 2-slot air cooler your GPU came with already. Overall it does enough to merit a higher score and recommendation relative to the old Razor.
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