XIREX Stealth Waterblock

Packaging and A Closer Look

Packaging
 
I received my Xirex Stealth Waterblock in a plain brown cardboard box which is typical for many review samples. However, I'm not sure how Xirex's packaging differs between review and retail versions of their products. Many manufacturers prefer to at least 'beatify' their products packaging by including at least a sticker identifying the product and a logo identifying the manufacturer.
 
Xirex Stealth box Xirex Stealth box_2
 
You'll notice the absence of any kind of protective material inside the box, but then again it'd take some serious knocks to do damage to an all copper waterblock afterall. Included in the Xirex Stealth's packaging were:
 
 
* 1 x Xirex Stealth Waterblock;
* Mounting hardware (springs, washers etc.)
* Thermal paste.
 
Xirex has decided to omit the inclusion of an installation manual in this review sample which isn't an issue, and according to their FAQ section on their website they do in fact include one in the retail version.
 
Xirex Stealth package contents
 
A Closer Look
 
The Xirex Stealth certainly looks quite striking in black and its built in universal adaptor plate is certainly a lot less likely to cause compatibility issues like some waterblock's out there. The copper base is nice and flat, but not without the inclusion of reasonably deep lapping marks.
 
Stealth top view Stealth copper base
 
The image below (left) further illustrates the amount of lapping marks present on the Stealth's copper base. The lower right image also illustrates the extremely low profile nature of the Xirex Stealth Waterblock.
 
Stealth copper base close-up Stealth side view
 
Stealth inside shot
 
The keen eyed amongst you would have noticed some irregularities present in both the inlet and outlet of the Xirex Stealth. To be honest, I'm not 100% sure what the odd build-up is but it certainly looks like leftover weld material where the brass inlet/outlet seats were attached to the copper block itself. Regardless, it doesn't look incredibly inviting and hopefully it won't diminish the potential cooling performance of the block.
 
Apart from a few little niggles the Xirex Steallth certainly looks like a sharp little waterblock, and hopefully one that performs as well as it looks. Let's head over the page to see how we're going to test the sample...
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Most Recent Comments

01-06-2008, 07:54:16

PV5150
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...022214313s.jpg

Xirex are relative newcomers to the water-cooling scene and their Stealth Waterblock recently stopped by for a visit. Boasting one of the lowest profiles I've ever seen in a waterblock, it certainly has the looks...but can it hold its own?

Xirex Stealth Review

01-06-2008, 07:58:30

Toxcity
Looks like there is a new contender on the block..

Nice review PV!

01-06-2008, 09:31:18

FarFarAway
Great looking block but not quite up there in terms of temps with the best

01-06-2008, 11:01:53

BloomerzUK
Would be good for small rigs, like HTPCs etc.

Nice Review.

01-06-2008, 11:59:36

ali_james
Seeing the vertical size I thought it'd suck. Thats really good to see manufacturers not going for the norm and still having the firepower to compete.

Nice review as always

Cheers!
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