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  Product:     X2O Performance PC Water Cooling Kit  
  Price:     $185 (CDN) / $160 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     XSPC Performance PC Cooling 
  Author:     clsGrinder
  Date:     December 17th, 2005
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Paul from XSPC Performance PC Cooling for sending the X2O Performance PC Water Cooling Kit for review.

XSPC Performance PC Cooling

Introduction:

XSPC Performance PC Cooling has been creeping into the water cooling market for some time now. Based out of the UK, they have been a producer of competent water blocks and radiators for the enthusiast who likes to pick and choose his/her components. As water cooling solutions reach mainstream acceptance, full on water cooling kits garner the bulk of the water cooling market. XSPC answers by introducing a top to bottom water cooling kit, the X2O. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the X2O Performance PC Water Cooling Kit, a unverisal product designed for the PC platform.

Specifications:

The X2O Performance PC Water Cooling Kit assembles the typical water cooling trio of components to get you started; pump/reservoir, CPU water block and radiator. The water block and radiator come from a strong heritage of performance and design already expected of XSPC, featuring universal compatibility and good looks. Here are some specifications taken directly from the XSPC Performance PC Cooling website:

X2O Performance PC Water Cooling Kit - Key Features:
X2O Performance PC Water Cooling Kit: Manufactured by XSPC Performance PC Cooling
CPU Water-block: Compatible with: AMD socket A (mounting holes required) 754/939/940 and INTEL socket 478/603/604/775
Material: Copper base with plated brass top
CPU Mount Material: Plated brass
Weight: 275 grams
Dimensions: 57mm x 57mm
Fittings: 10/8mm
Port Thread Size: G1/4”
Radiator Flow: Dual pass horizontal
Material: Copper and brass
120mm Fan Power: 12v, 0.18A, 3 pin connector
Speed: 65CFM @ 1700 RPM (max)
Acoustics: 30 dBA
Pump Materials: Anodized aluminum and acrylic reservoir
Dimensions: 88mm x 56mm x 88mm
Pump: 400lph, 1800RPM, 12V, 9.5W
Accessories: Clear 10/8mm Tubing, Anti-Corrosive Water Additive and Thermal Paste

XSPC X2O Performance PC Water Cooling Kit
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XSPC X2O Performance PC Water Cooling Kit
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The XSPC X2O Performance PC Water Cooling Kit arrived from the U.K in excellent shape. The white corrugated box features product shots on the top of the kit, with features and descriptions along the side walls. Inner packaging is well done, with all the key components separated into their individual boxes.

XSPC X2O Performance PC Water Cooling Kit
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XSPC X2O Performance PC Water Cooling Kit
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The X2O water cooling kit comes with an assortment of accessories which include the following components:

  • X2O Water Block
  • Universal CPU Mount (w/ bolts, washers, nuts and springs)
  • Low Noise 120mm Case Fan with rubber gasket.
  • 120mm Radiator (w/ 120mm and 80mm mounting hardware)
  • 12V DC Pump/Reservoir
  • Clear 10/8mm clear tubing (203cm or 6 foot 8 inches)
  • Red Anti Corrosive Water Additive (25ml)
  • Thermal Paste
  • Blue LED with 4 pin Molex.
  • 3 to 4-pin adapter cable
  • PCI slot pass through bracket for clear tubing and fan cable.
  • 12 page users manual

XSPC X2O Performance PC Water Cooling Kit
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XSPC X2O Performance PC Water Cooling Kit
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Here is a shot of the water block and related mounting hardware. The base of the water block is made of C110 copper with a plated brass top. Compression fittings are used for the inlet/outlet and water direction is not critical to cooling performance. The Universal PC Mount is a solid piece of plated brass with various holes drilled for mounting. A bundle of 4 x bolts, 12 x washers, 4 x nuts, 4 x springs and 4 x knurled nuts take care of fastening the hardware to your CPU. The block arrived in a protective plastic bag which had a thin film of grease all over it. I presume this was to impede oxidization of the copper base, and wiped off easily.

The base is perfectly flat, but lacking in finish. As you can see you can barely make out the X2O logo in the reflection. In my experience this characteristic is mostly cosmetic as flatness is of the utmost importance. A ring of copper has been machined away from the outer circumference of the base. This is no doubt a requirement for mounting to Socket A class CPU’s.

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