Fluid XP+ HP Watercooling Fluid

Introduction & Specs

Introduction

Since delving into the water cooling scene over 4 years ago, Fluid XP+ has been one of those products that has always intruiged me. Normally I wouldn't be able to fight the urge to purchase an intruging product, but in the case of Fluid XP+, paying over £25 for a litre of fluid was pretty much out of the question.

Fluid XP+ Bottle Fluid XP+ Bottle

However, today I received a package from the good lads at SpecialTech who have just started stocking the entire range of Fluid XP+ products, and wanted my professional opinion on how they perform compared with the standard de-ionised water that most of us use in our water cooling loops.


Specifications

Without a doubt, there's got to be something pretty special about Fluid XP+ to make it worth the money, so lets see what the guys over at fluidxp.com have to say about it:

• Environmentally Safe: Non-toxic, biodegradable, all FDA approved food grade ingredients.
Long Lasting: 5+ year shelf life.
Robust: Not prone to mechanical shearing (Pumping).
Corrosive Inhibiting: Neutral pH (pH of 7) and non-electrolytic; does not cause galvanic corrosion (if spilled in system, no need to clean between chips on board etc.) or rusting.
Non-conductive
Versatile: Formula can be tailored for various viscosities and systems.

Ok, so first of all all the ingredients are FDA approved which essentially means that Fluid XP+ can be drank without any negative effects to your health. Possibly handy if you accidentally confuse it with a bottle of juice - but at this price I think i'd rather have a beer.

More interesting is the fact that Fluid XP+ has a shelf life of 5 years. Maintaining a water cooling loop can be quite a pain, and its certainly a big bonus if you can fill your loop and forget about it for a good few years.

Of course, one of the biggest selling points has to be that Fluid XP+ is marketed as non-conductive. This essentially means that spilling Fluid XP+ over your precious hardware will not cause any problems as electricity will not be able to pass through the fluid shorting out components. A conductivity chart can be seen below:

Fluid MicroSiemans/CM
De-ionised Water 0-10
Tap Water 250
Anti-Freeze & Water 2,750
Fluid XP+
76

As we all know - tap water is dangerous to electrical components. I can't count the number of times i've lost a mobile phone to the perils of water in the bathroom or kitchen, and for this reason I was certainly surprised to see Fluid XP+ with a conductivity level not a million miles away from tap water.

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Most Recent Comments

15-01-2007, 06:13:58

Dav0s
i dont think its worth all that money just for the cleanliness, it didnt make any difference at all to temps. I know its a pain but id rather clean out the loop every couple of weeks than pay £30 a time for some XP

nice writeup mateQuote

15-01-2007, 06:15:16

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Dav0s'
i dont think its worth all that money just for the cleanliness, it didnt make any difference at all to temps. I know its a pain but id rather clean out the loop every couple of weeks than pay £30 a time for some XP

nice writeup mate
The low conductivity is where it's at tho. Plus u won't get temps lower than plain water really (unless you wanna pump liquid metal).

But ye- its expensive fo sure.Quote

15-01-2007, 06:28:23

FarFarAway
I'd rather spend ~£3 on some water and ~£5 on some Zerex and then be able to re-fill my loop for like 2 years

However it's gotta be useful for those who can't be botheredQuote

15-01-2007, 07:53:40

shiftlocked
Wouldnt it be fair to say that this is more aimed at those who arent in the know and want hassle free solution. Ive never heard of Zerez tbh, or what ratios I'd need to use and stuff like that.

Whenever people see my wc rig they ask wont it break if water spills onto it, so its got its place on the market Quote

15-01-2007, 07:57:44

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez™'
I'd rather spend ~£3 on some water and ~£5 on some Zerex and then be able to re-fill my loop for like 2 years

However it's gotta be useful for those who can't be bothered
I suppose another way to look at it is: Zerex + Water should really be replaced in your water loop once every 6 months. A bottle of Zerex @ £5 will only be good for one application (in a mid sized loop). So 5 years worth of Zerex + water will cost you close to £50.Quote
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