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Originally Posted by lucasj1974 View Post

I like this CPU block......shows XSPC is in the game....I am using the original raystorm and it also is a good block:thumb.gif

Yep, still have a the old XSPC block from the Rasa kit I bought, got the Raystorm on my main rig and it doing a darn good job.

But darn, kind of like the looks of this new one.
     
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post #12 of 60

As much as I enjoy their products I am really sad to see they did not change the mounting system. To me that is the weakest part about their block setup and its truly a PIA. 

    
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post #13 of 60
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While for general use, that difference might not make a difference... When benching, we'll take any advantage we can get. Plus it looks nice, and isn't that bad for price.

Is there any situation (general use or benchmarking) where 0.3C would make a day and night difference?
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Originally Posted by geggeg View Post

More importantly, if us customers give the impression of not caring for any thermal improvements then why would the manufacturers bother updating anything?

I care about thermal improvements, I just don't think a 0.1-0.3C delta is a meaningful difference to warrant ditching one block for another before considering other factors such as restriction, price, and even aesthetics (as pointed out above). But this is completely subjective of course.
post #14 of 60
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Originally Posted by Trippen Out View Post

As much as I enjoy their products I am really sad to see they did not change the mounting system. To me that is the weakest part about their block setup and its truly a PIA. 

They did change the mounting though, there is no more guesswork involved. Or were you referring to something else?
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Originally Posted by magnek View Post

I care about thermal improvements, I just don't think a 0.1-0.3C delta is a meaningful difference to warrant ditching one block for another before considering other factors such as restriction, price, and even aesthetics (as pointed out above). But this is completely subjective of course.

Of course. Anyone having a current gen block will be hard pressed to find reasons to replace it yet.
post #15 of 60
I just wish someone would come up with a better mounting system instead of screw down. A latch down type or something to make it quick and easy. Also, how about LED's that run off the CPU fan connection that is part of the hold down bracket. Maybe use some sort of RGB led strip so you could change the colors but also wouldn't have wires laying all around. Granted those are mainly cosmetics, but I am not seeing anywhere else they can improve unless someone is going to make a peltier cooler like Swiftech did in the old days.
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post #16 of 60
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Is there any situation (general use or benchmarking) where 0.3C would make a day and night difference?

Bus clock (fsb speed, and a few other names) comes to mind. It could allow you to get just that little bit higher, which could get you more boints on hwbot... Aka if you're trying to split hairs when benching, why aren't you using other (enthusiast league "approved") techniques to go further, like Canadian winter air, ice bucket dunking, water chillers, and even the infamous cardboard tunnel using dry ice to chill the air itself... All of which would offer a noticeable improvement compared to one cpu block cooling slightly more efficiently than another one.

Such a difference would only really be a feasible one for someone who doesn't have a relatively current cpu waterblock, like you and VSG have said.

Actual 24/7 use? I doubt 0.3C will do much, unless your goal is to get under a delta of 10C but then it's just bragging rights.
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post #17 of 60
Looks pretty good for the money. $66 on PPC's.
post #18 of 60
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Originally Posted by WhiteWulfe View Post

Bus clock (fsb speed, and a few other names) comes to mind. It could allow you to get just that little bit higher, which could get you more boints on hwbot... Aka if you're trying to split hairs when benching, why aren't you using other (enthusiast league "approved") techniques to go further, like Canadian winter air, ice bucket dunking, water chillers, and even the infamous cardboard tunnel using dry ice to chill the air itself... All of which would offer a noticeable improvement compared to one cpu block cooling slightly more efficiently than another one.

Such a difference would only really be a feasible one for someone who doesn't have a relatively current cpu waterblock, like you and VSG have said.

Actual 24/7 use? I doubt 0.3C will do much, unless your goal is to get under a delta of 10C but then it's just bragging rights.

lol yeah my point exactly

If you're benching for the last 0.1 point, you'd sooner turn to these more extreme methods than fussing over a 0.3C improvement with a waterblock, hence my original comment that 0.3C just isn't a meaningful difference.
post #19 of 60
Not bad at all... I would like to get one, but when i think about the stress of taking apart my PC just to install a new CPU wb, naa... not worth it lol.
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More importantly, if us customers give the impression of not caring for any thermal improvements then why would the manufacturers bother updating anything?

Excellent point. Welcome back hardware brother. thumb.gif

I'm still locked into the EK X99 specific Supremacy EVO nickel plexi block, hasn't been wet yet, but maybe this XSPC sku will give us something even more improved from EK in the coming months.

Great review and congratulations. thumb.gif
     
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