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My mini review of the XSPC X20 Single Cover VGA Blocks - UPDATED, SEE LAST POST

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I've noticed that there's a distinct lack of any information about these blocks but I still bought anyway and thought I would share my experience with them.


The Story :

My Power Cooler 5850's were by no means hot running cards, It's just I've always wanted to water cool my VGA cards so I had a bit of spare money and went for it.

My 5850's when over-volted to 1.25v for 950mhz core clock would hit between 60-80c depending on the load and just over 100c when running Furmark with extreme burn mode selected. This of course also came with noise, not a lot of noise but still noticeable over my case fans.

After much debate and pretty much choosing XSPC because most of my other water cooling parts are XSPC I ordered 2 of the X20's. After waiting a full week for the blocks ( Never ordering from watercooled-pcs again, idiots )

No pictures of the boxes, But in essence you get :

1. X20 block
2. Mounting Hardware
3. Thermal Paste
4. 2x 8mm ID compression fittings

Fitting them :

First of all these blocks are tiny, so tiny intact that my 3/8" ID compression fittings would not fit as they got caught on the mounting plate And my 3/8" ID barbs just and I meen JUST about fitted, the blocks are that small.

Next up is the mounting, which is fiddly!!! The supplied screws and springs are so flimsy and small that they don't apply what I call decent pressure onto the mounting plate. I emailed XSPC about this and I had an email from Paul Lockey who is a cracking helpful guy as he offered to send me another 2 sets of mounting hardware so I could mount the block using all 4 holes on 5850's PCB ( Not fitted in the pics ) to give better mounting pressure.




Performance :

Thermochil PA 120.3 ( 3x Xigmatek fans in Pull )
XSPC Delta V3 CPU Block
XSPC DDC Reservoit Pump Top
XSPC 3/8" Compression Fittings and 4x Barbs
2x XSPC X20 VGA Blocks
Ambient temperature was around 23-24c
Cheap ass thermal paste

With the above loop I've YET to get either card above 65c under load, Even Furmark using extreme burn mode can't get then any higher!!



Conclusion :

Despite its little niggles it's actually a good block, nice to look at with a solid copper base which is nice to see considering it's low £22 price. While there will be blocks that offer better performance this is mainly aimed at beginners or people just wanting better cooling performance without breaking the bank. With a solid 40c off load temps running Furmark with the extreme burning mode I really can't put this little block down.

Pro's :

Price!
All Copper Base
Cooling performance for the money
Silent
Small and compact
Fits practically every GPU on the market.

Cons :

Small and compact making compression and barb choice an issue.
Mounting pressure could be better.
Useless supplied 8mm compression fittings
Edited by antuk15 - 1/25/11 at 5:11pm
post #2 of 28
+1 cheers mate, I have 2 of these blocks in my hall cupboard waiting for a use. The funny thing with these is that there is little to no information about them.

Nice thank you so much, stuff it + 2

Also keep in mind that the price is low because of how old the design is, not that it's an entry level product. also they are discontinued (well they where).
But here is the replacement.


XSPC Rasa GPU

High Performance, Universal GPU Block

- High Performance Copper Base
- CNC Cut Acetal Top
- G1/4" Threads
- Fits most graphic cards, including:

Nvidia Geforce Reference Designs
GTX580, GTX480, GTX470, GTX460, GTX285, GTX280, GTX275, GTX260, GTS250, 9800GT, 9600GT, 8800GTX, 8800GTS, 8800GT

ATI/AMD Radeon Reference Designs
5870, 5850, 5830, 5770, 5750, 5670, 5570, 5550, 4890, 4870, 4850, 4670, 3870, 3850, 2900, 1900


Edited by smash_mouth01 - 1/23/11 at 9:52am
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Honestly those temperatures are crap for a watercooled 5850. I'd expect <45C load with a good GPU block and that radiator.

Unless you have the fans massively undervolted?
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Originally Posted by charliehorse55 View Post
Honestly those temperatures are crap for a watercooled 5850. I'd expect <45C load with a good GPU block and that radiator.

Unless you have the fans massively undervolted?
1. I have stupidly high ambients
2. The blocks cost 20 POUNDS
3. They never go above 45c when playing GAMES
4. They cost 20 POUNDS
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Originally Posted by smash_mouth01 View Post
+1 cheers mate, I have 2 of these blocks in my hall cupboard waiting for a use. The funny thing with these is that there is little to no information about them.

Nice thank you so much, stuff it + 2

Also keep in mind that the price is low because of how old the design is, not that it's an entry level product. also they are discontinued (well they where).
But here is the replacement.


XSPC Rasa GPU

High Performance, Universal GPU Block

- High Performance Copper Base
- CNC Cut Acetal Top
- G1/4" Threads
- Fits most graphic cards, including:

Nvidia Geforce Reference Designs
GTX580, GTX480, GTX470, GTX460, GTX285, GTX280, GTX275, GTX260, GTS250, 9800GT, 9600GT, 8800GTX, 8800GTS, 8800GT

ATI/AMD Radeon Reference Designs
5870, 5850, 5830, 5770, 5750, 5670, 5570, 5550, 4890, 4870, 4850, 4670, 3870, 3850, 2900, 1900
I looked at the Rasa but £45 each is a lot for a single cover block IMO
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why not just get a full cover block?
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I looked at the Rasa but £45 each is a lot for a single cover block IMO
£25 for 20C lower temperatures? Sure!
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Originally Posted by xMEATWADx95x View Post
why not just get a full cover block?
Wanted a block I could use no matter what cards I had, That's what sucks about full cover, Only fit one series of cards.
Edited by antuk15 - 1/23/11 at 10:33am
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Originally Posted by charliehorse55 View Post
£25 for 20C lower temperatures? Sure!
Dude seriously, go away.

You live in a different country, don't have my rig, don't have my ambients so stop being a troll and thinking you know best. Especially as you have no EVIDENCE WHAT SO EVER to back up your 20c drop claim
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Dude seriously, go away.

You live in a different country, don't have my rig, don't have my ambients so stop being a troll and thinking you know best. Especially as you have no EVIDENCE WHAT SO EVER to back up your 20c drop claim
I'm not trying to be a "troll". According to your own post you have ambients of 24C, which is 100% normal. Most people on these forums have 20-26C ambients, so 24 is 100% fine.

I'm not saying you made a mistake buying these, I'm trying to point out to other people reading the thread how good watercooling your GPUs is.

As for proof, ask anyone with a full cover or core only block what their maximum load temperatures is, most people will answer something in the 40-50C range (Depending on card model).

I used to have an MCW60 on a GTS 250 and at 800 core I loaded at 36C.
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