Alphacool NexXxos X2 Bold Highflow water block

Testing

Testing

Pressure Drop
Determining pressure drop for water-cooling components is really quite easy and should give the prospective purchaser some idea of how well or how badly a particular component restricts/resists the natural flow of a pump. This is especially important when designing your water-cooling loop to ensure that your pump flow doesn't come to a crawl because of your cpu block, gpu block and possibly chipset block. Factor into the equation a reservoir, various curves and connectors and the amount of pressure drop can become an issue. Hence the reason why we need to assess for pressure drop.

Head Pressure

You can see from the above graph that both the Alphacool X2 NexXxos and the XSPC X2O Delta recorded the same amount of pressure drop The reson why this has been recorded as such is simply because my current flow meter measures down in increments of 1 kPa. Both of the waterblocks actually recorded pressure drop less than 1 kPa, but in order to measure it accurately would require the use of a digital pressure gauge which exceeds my budget at the moment.  The pressure drop experienced by the Alphacool X2 Bold Highflow would most certainly be attributed to the 'accelerator nozzles' in the inlet. The X2O Delta on the other hand simply dumps the coolant into the waterblock, which it then has to fight its way through all those densely packed copper pins on the way to the outlet. The end result is a loss in pressure.

The graph below further illustrates how the Alphacool X2 Bold HIGHFLOW waterblock's accelerator nozzles hinder flow. With the Laing DDC Pro with OCLabs top pumping out nearly 800 Litres of water an hour at 12v, the significant significant drop in flow can only be attributed again to the accelerator nozzles. Remembering back to basic science class we know that water will always try to follow the path of least resistance, but when you're forced through 53 small holes your flow rate is going to hurt. 

The XSPC X2O Delta doesn't get away that easily either. The X2O Delta's densely packed copper pins have a detrimental effect. The end result is a loss in flow.


Flow analysis

Simulated Water-cooling loop
Let's see how the Alphacool NexXxos X2 Bold HIGHFLOW handled the increased heat-load of a quad-core...

Idle, Load and Overclocked temperatures
Ambient Temperature - 27.6 Deg C
Water Temp @ Idle - 33.8 Deg C
Water Temp @ Load - 34.3 Deg C
Water Temp @ OC - 38.1 Deg C

The Alphacool NexXxos X2 Bold HIGHFLOW handled the heat from the Intel Q6600 very well; considerably better than I had anticipated.

Now let's head over the page to see how the XSPC X2O Delta handles the heat...
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Most Recent Comments

02-11-2007, 08:18:40

PV5150
Alphacool is back, and to help celebrate we've reviewed their new NexXxos X2 Bold HIGHFLOW waterblock.

Take a peak

02-11-2007, 09:42:19

WC Annihilus
Just to mention, last two pages still have default titles

02-11-2007, 12:22:31

AydST
Great review

In response to this Alphacool have adjusted their UK pricing and while PV's review was correct at the time of print, the new revised price is 35.99 inc VAT.

02-11-2007, 16:20:58

sbrehm72255
I've always liked Alphacool products, but they are all so damned expensive over here in the US.

02-11-2007, 18:13:21

AydST
there is a reason and it is my eternal argument with Alphacool (sorry Chris)

While 'other' manufacturers have their products made in the far east, Alphacool, who are a German company, have their products made in Germany. As we all know, especially with me being a quallified engineer, if you want a quality produced product...look to Germany. Sadly this does get reflected in the price as there are no sweat shops in Germany but all in all with Alphacool you wil be getting a quality crafted product.

After all Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Lamorghini etc.. can't be wrong....

02-11-2007, 18:52:49

sbrehm72255
LOL......true to a point, I lived and worked in Germany for Mercedes for a long period of time before moving back to the US...........

The US government is the other reason all European products cost so much (import duties, shipping and the like).

02-11-2007, 22:58:45

PV5150
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='WC Annihilus'
Just to mention, last two pages still have default titles
Fixed, thanks WC

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='AydST'
Great review

In response to this Alphacool have adjusted their UK pricing and while PV's review was correct at the time of print, the new revised price is 35.99 inc VAT.
Thanks Ayd, I'll make an addendum to the review to reflect the price drop.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='AydST'
there is a reason and it is my eternal argument with Alphacool (sorry Chris)

While 'other' manufacturers have their products made in the far east, Alphacool, who are a German company, have their products made in Germany. As we all know, especially with me being a quallified engineer, if you want a quality produced product...look to Germany. Sadly this does get reflected in the price as there are no sweat shops in Germany but all in all with Alphacool you wil be getting a quality crafted product.

After all Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Lamorghini etc.. can't be wrong....
Agreed, if you want a quality manufactured item then there is going to be some price difference. I included it as a sticking point merely because the better performing D-TEK FuZion was cheaper, and if Alphacool are looking to regain lost ground then this is an area that they will need to address (which they have to their credit). However, I think that 'dyed in the wool' Alphacool fans may overlook the price difference regardless...

Thanks all for the feedback, tis muchly appreciated
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