Fluid XP+ HP Watercooling Fluid

Testing & Results

Performance Testing

First and foremost I was interested to see if Fluid XP+ actually provided any cooling advantages over standard de-ionised water. In case you didn't already know, the thermal properties of water are extremely hard to beat, and in all honesty I only know of a few fluids that have any marginal advantage over water. The test machine specification can be seen below:

Test Setup:
CPU: Intel Core2Duo E6700 Retail @ 3.8ghz (1.6v)
Water Block: Danger Den Maze 4
Pump: Laing D5
Radiator: XSPC R120D


In the interest of a fair comparision the watercooling loop was flushed with water and left to dry over night in-between testing the de-ionised water and Fluid XP+. In addition to this, the water block was not removed from the CPU at any point thus preventing any variation in temperature due to re-mounting.

De-Ionised Water Results Fluid XP+ Results

After taking the difference in ambient temperature out of the equation, the performance difference between Fluid XP+ and de-ionised water was 0oc. This could be seen as disappointing, but what you need to remember is that Fluid XP+ is giving you the same performance benefits of untreated de-ionised water without the algae and corrosion issues.


Conductivity Testing

We've all heard the horror stories of peoples water cooling systems cracking, splitting and generally spewing highly conductive water over thousands of pounds worth of components. This is why most people avoid putting together their own water loops, and instead favor the pre-built systems. As Fluid XP+ is non-conductive this should be a problem of the past. But lets run some tests of our own to see exactly what happens when Fluid XP+ comes into contact with electricity.

The method for testing conductivity is simple: We will be taking an LCD screen, powering it up and submerging it in a container of Fluid XP+.

Click HERE for the video (5.1mb).

While Fluid XP+ did not cause any damage to the submerged LCD screen it did indeed cause the screen to power off. This would imply that although Fluid XP+ is not conductive enough to kill components it still has the ability to short circuit them, temporarily causing problems.

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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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