XSPC 290X & 290 Razor Waterblock Review and Fitting Guide

Up Close: Packaging and Contents.

XSPC Razor R9 290 290X Review and Fitting Guide

Up Close:  Packaging and Contents.

They may look a little battered and beaten but the boxes have done their job and protected the charges within.  This is in no small part due to the layers of bubble wrap and expanded polystyrene foam in which XSPC cosset the contents.

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The protective packaging continues even once you've extracted the hefty mass of the Water block from the box, with a wrapped layer of thick semi adhesive polythene adding further protection from bumps and scratches.

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With all the packaging removed we get our first look at the Razor in all its glory.  Essentially what we have here is a CNC machined copper base topped with a Stainless Steel layer  Added to that there is then an acrylic layer enabling the use of LED lighting and finally a brushed Aluminium faceplate

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Viewed from the edge we get a better view of this layer cake and can also begin to get a feel for the level of quality of build and manufacture.

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XSPC offer a very generous seven ports, and do of course provide blanks for those not used.  With the ports positioned on either side of the block as well as on the top, and a single one at the rear end it should be possible to plumb in from nearly any direction.  If you're thinking of adding another card then this can be attached to the loop by either tubing or a cross flow adapter which is attached by means of the smaller screw holes seen in the image below right.

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Rather than take our water block apart we've used images from XSPCs website to illustrate the internal structure of the block.  Along with the aesthetic changes made with the release of the latest version of the Razor, XSPC have also reduced the size of their fins from 1mm to 0.5mm.  This it is hoped will translate into better heat transfer and lower temps.  XSPC have also included a steel plate to aid with active VRM cooling which can only be a good thing. 

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Yes we did show two boxes at the top of the page didn't we.  It'd be rude not to also have a bit of a gander at the XSPC Razor R9 290X/290 Back plate wouldn't it.  As you can see in the pictures, it also travels in style and once unwrapped apes the style cues of the main water block. 

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23-06-2014, 07:18:41

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...170009869l.jpg

Let's see how well the latest Razor from XSPC can tame the tempestuous R9 290


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23-06-2014, 07:29:26

Watsyerproblem
Good Review Gary as always. I agree with all your points fully, as I do own the same water block on a r9 290.

If XSPC were only slightly cheaper they would easily dominate the market IMHO, I just love their LED lighting!

23-06-2014, 08:04:47

barnsley
Man that is a real beaut.

23-06-2014, 09:14:01

Grimsons
What did you use with the Kraken G10?I was thinking of doing it that way with an Corsair H55. Or would that be to small for the amount of heat produced. Should I just go for a full custom loop. I already have an H100 in the system for my cpu.

23-06-2014, 09:27:50

RickPlaysWarr
Great Review Gary. I love the point where you just stopped and said we need to bask in the glory of the assembled card/backplate. The design is simply lovely. I took a look and see they make a block for the R295x2. Now that would be an awesome pair if I ever found the $2K or so it would take to make it happen.

I love the simplicity and classy design that XSPC putting into the Raystorm line of products.

Thank you much Gary

23-06-2014, 09:32:20

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grimsons View Post
What did you use with the Kraken G10?I was thinking of doing it that way with an Corsair H55. Or would that be to small for the amount of heat produced. Should I just go for a full custom loop. I already have an H100 in the system for my cpu.
Go read the G10 review dude

23-06-2014, 10:06:59

Grimsons
Will do thanks I didn't realize there is one... I'm new :P

23-06-2014, 11:45:42

looz
Nice, the beast has finally been tamed!

23-06-2014, 14:43:10

SnowmanFromHell
Nice... especially that the block actually covers the entire PCB, unlike certain other blocks (*ahem* aquacomputer *ahem*) that basically end at the VRMs and leave an unsightly part of uncovered PCB (yeah yeah, I know, you probably won't see it anyway... but just KNOWING that the block doesn't cover the whole card is annoying )

24-06-2014, 07:22:25

polar
great review, spot on with everything, only thing i'd add would be that by using better, than the provided in the box, thermal paste on the GPU and thermal pads on the VRMs, you can get even better temps.
love my razor 290, it's probably the best bit of upgrade kit i've bought, in terms of making a difference from the vanilla component.

24-06-2014, 07:31:15

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by polar View Post
great review, spot on with everything, only thing i'd add would be that by using better, than the provided in the box, thermal paste on the GPU and thermal pads on the VRMs, you can get even better temps.
love my razor 290, it's probably the best bit of upgrade kit i've bought, in terms of making a difference from the vanilla component.
We always use MX4 or Noctua NT-H1

24-06-2014, 07:49:14

polar
used gelid gc extreme and a strip of fujipoly ultra extreme on the VRMs myself. unfortunately haven't got the test equipment to back up any claims scientifically but i saw something like 5-7 drop in temps on full load on the GPU core and even more on the VRMs, especially so on the problematic VRM1.
if nothing else, it helped ease my mind about baking the card when playing a game : )
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