XSPC 290X & 290 Razor Waterblock Review and Fitting Guide

The Build

XSPC Razor R9 290 290X Review and Fitting Guide

The Build

If you're planning on using the supplied twin LED attachment it's essential you insert the 3mm LEDs prior to mounting the card in the case, the reason being that it is practically impossible after the event.  Although the supplied LEDs are Purple/Blue, if this doesn't match your colour or lighting theme and you fancy a bit of soldering action it shouldn't take too long to swap them out for another colour. 

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We've partnered the Razor with it's sibling Raystorm setting up a simple CPU/GPU loop to the RX360v3 Rad in the front of our CoolerMaster Test Trooper case.  In attaching the G1/4 Barbs we did find it very easy to cross thread them so it seems more care than usual should be taken when starting them off as there's a tendency for them to want to slip off to one side at the very beginning of the thread.

XSPC Razor R9 290X/290 Review and Fitting Guide     XSPC Razor R9 290X/290 Review and Fitting Guide

 

The spacing and location of the G1/4 ports make it easy to attach tubing in pretty much any orientation that takes your fancy, or as is more likely, as is demanded by the layout of your loop.  Provision is also made for Crossfire bridges to be attached should you need to.

XSPC Razor R9 290X/290 Review and Fitting Guide     XSPC Razor R9 290X/290 Review and Fitting Guide

 

The LEDs give a good dispersion of light and are visible even in daylight conditions.  They're not going to illuminate the inside of your whole case, but will give a nice subtle glow to the water black and the immediate area around it.

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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

WYP
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!Quote

23-06-2014, 08:04:47

barnsley
Man that is a real beaut. Quote
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