Alphacool NexXxos X2 Bold Highflow water block
Published: 2nd November 2007 | Source: Alphacool | Price: |
When I received the new NexXxos X2 Bold waterblock it came in a bubble pack reminiscent of those used by memory manufacturers, but just a little deeper to accomodate the waterblock.
Chris Banks (International Sales and PR Manager for Alphacool GmbH) has told me that they are currently in the process of renewing all the packaging for their product lines, and when the new packaging is available it should look something like this.
Included in the Alphacool NexXxos X2 Bold HIGHFLOW packaging are:
* 1 x Alphacool NexXxos X2 Bold HIGHFLOW waterblock
* Mounting hardware
* 1 x syringe of thermal paste
* 1 x installation manual.
Everything is included in order to get your CPU water-cooling well underway with the exception of barbs. Be sure to order them through your online retailer or you may encounter an obvious problem.
For the first-time watercoolers amongst us the installation manual is written in German. However, the images that Alphacool has included in the manual should be more than enough to make installation a breeze.
A Closer Look
The Alphacool NexXxos X2 Bold HIGHFLOW waterblock belongs to the 'semi-impingement' family of waterblocks. Whilst not a true jet impingement waterblock like the Swiftech Storm, it does utilise a nozzle insert to accelerate water turbulance around the cooling pins.
First impressions are usually lasting ones...and the Alphacool X2 Bold is very stylish to say the least and it allows for the insertion of coloured/ UV LED's into the perspex top if you are so inclined.
The copper base of the Alphacool NexXxos X2 Bold HIGHFLOW has been treated with glass beading to maximise the cooling potential of the surface.
Anyway, let's head over the page to see how we're going to test the Alphacool NexXxos X2 Bold HIGHFLOW waterblock...