Fluid XP+ HP Watercooling Fluid
Published: 15th January 2007 | Source: Fluid XP | Price: |Performance Testing
First and foremost I was interested to see if Fluid XP+ actually provided any cooling advantages over standard de-ionised water. In case you didn't already know, the thermal properties of water are extremely hard to beat, and in all honesty I only know of a few fluids that have any marginal advantage over water. The test machine specification can be seen below:
CPU: Intel Core2Duo E6700 Retail @ 3.8ghz (1.6v)
Water Block: Danger Den Maze 4
Pump: Laing D5
Radiator: XSPC R120D
In the interest of a fair comparision the watercooling loop was flushed with water and left to dry over night in-between testing the de-ionised water and Fluid XP+. In addition to this, the water block was not removed from the CPU at any point thus preventing any variation in temperature due to re-mounting.
After taking the difference in ambient temperature out of the equation, the performance difference between Fluid XP+ and de-ionised water was 0oc. This could be seen as disappointing, but what you need to remember is that Fluid XP+ is giving you the same performance benefits of untreated de-ionised water without the algae and corrosion issues.
We've all heard the horror stories of peoples water cooling systems cracking, splitting and generally spewing highly conductive water over thousands of pounds worth of components. This is why most people avoid putting together their own water loops, and instead favor the pre-built systems. As Fluid XP+ is non-conductive this should be a problem of the past. But lets run some tests of our own to see exactly what happens when Fluid XP+ comes into contact with electricity.
The method for testing conductivity is simple: We will be taking an LCD screen, powering it up and submerging it in a container of Fluid XP+.
Click HERE for the video (5.1mb).
While Fluid XP+ did not cause any damage to the submerged LCD screen it did indeed cause the screen to power off. This would imply that although Fluid XP+ is not conductive enough to kill components it still has the ability to short circuit them, temporarily causing problems.