Fluid XP+ HP Watercooling Fluid
Published: 15th January 2007 | Source: Fluid XP | Price: |Introduction
Since delving into the water cooling scene over 4 years ago, Fluid XP+ has been one of those products that has always intruiged me. Normally I wouldn't be able to fight the urge to purchase an intruging product, but in the case of Fluid XP+, paying over £25 for a litre of fluid was pretty much out of the question.
However, today I received a package from the good lads at SpecialTech who have just started stocking the entire range of Fluid XP+ products, and wanted my professional opinion on how they perform compared with the standard de-ionised water that most of us use in our water cooling loops.
Without a doubt, there's got to be something pretty special about Fluid XP+ to make it worth the money, so lets see what the guys over at fluidxp.com have to say about it:
|• Environmentally Safe: Non-toxic, biodegradable, all FDA approved food grade ingredients.|
• Long Lasting: 5+ year shelf life.
• Robust: Not prone to mechanical shearing (Pumping).
• Corrosive Inhibiting: Neutral pH (pH of 7) and non-electrolytic; does not cause galvanic corrosion (if spilled in system, no need to clean between chips on board etc.) or rusting.
• Versatile: Formula can be tailored for various viscosities and systems.
Ok, so first of all all the ingredients are FDA approved which essentially means that Fluid XP+ can be drank without any negative effects to your health. Possibly handy if you accidentally confuse it with a bottle of juice - but at this price I think i'd rather have a beer.
More interesting is the fact that Fluid XP+ has a shelf life of 5 years. Maintaining a water cooling loop can be quite a pain, and its certainly a big bonus if you can fill your loop and forget about it for a good few years.
Of course, one of the biggest selling points has to be that Fluid XP+ is marketed as non-conductive. This essentially means that spilling Fluid XP+ over your precious hardware will not cause any problems as electricity will not be able to pass through the fluid shorting out components. A conductivity chart can be seen below:
|Anti-Freeze & Water||2,750|
As we all know - tap water is dangerous to electrical components. I can't count the number of times i've lost a mobile phone to the perils of water in the bathroom or kitchen, and for this reason I was certainly surprised to see Fluid XP+ with a conductivity level not a million miles away from tap water.