XSPC Raystorm 750 EX240 Watercooling Kit Review
Rather than have a separate accessories section for each of the main components included in this kit it seemed sensible to dedicate this section to the accessories as a whole. Where to begin, there's a lot of stuff comes with this kit.
Lets start with the selection of back-plates and fittings that come with the Raystorm CPU waterblock (below left). Remembering that the Raystorm is supplied as a separate unit should you wish to fit to an AMD block, it's nice to see that as far as Intel is concerned XSPC have catered for all the relevant current chips in the form of the LG775, 1155, 1156, 1366 and 2011. The Raystorm also comes with 2x3mm Blue LEDs on braided cables should you wish to illuminate the acrylic sections of the block. While on the subject of LEDs lets also take a look at the accessories that come with the X20 Reservoir (below right). Along with the interchangeable faceplates already discussed XSPC include a set of 4 Nickel coated Hex head bolts, along with, you guessed it, a 5mm Blue LED to continue the theme through into your reservoir.
The Radiator comes with a total of 8 each of both 6mm and 30mm matte black cross head screws, enabling it to be mounted either directly to a panel, or to the surface of a standard 25mm thick fan. A more than thoughtful inclusion I think and a detail that earns XSPC brownie points with us. But that's not all, if you want to mount your radiator external to the case XSPC also include 4 angled 80mm to 120mm angled brackets, making it easier to attach to 80mm fan mounts whilst at the same time ensuring that the separation provided ensures ample airflow to the fins.
The radiator also comes with 2x120mm 1200rpm fans, The fans are fairly simple black 6 bladed affairs but look like they should do the job well enough. The torture test of course will find them out should they be lacking! Ccontinuing the theme of attention to detail XSPC have also included a set of 2x120mm black coated metal fan guards. Although a simple design, We have to say this concentric circle look is one of our all time favourites. And yes, of course the fan cables are braided.
And so finally to the barbs and tubing. XSPC provide a total of 6 G1/4 to 1/2" high-flow barbs, which is all that you will require for the assembly of the kit. You are of course free to use these or swap them out for another style of fitting should you wish, but to be honest, they're pretty decent and seem to do the job well. A total of 2 metres of clear 7/16" tubing also comes with the kit. A tight fit over the 1/2" barbs but easy enough to ease into place, the tubing can then be secured with the rather industrial looking clips. Just remember to slide them over the tubing first or you'll be cursing yourself.
The Kit comes with instructions for the attachment of the Raystorm block to the CPU. The instructions are in English only and are printed in full colour on gloss paper. Information is clear and concise making for what should be a pleasurable build. That is however as far as the instructions go. After that you're on your own. As this "kit" is to some extent at least aimed at the person who wants to venture into water-cooling but who does not feel brave enough to select and assemble their own kit, it might have been nice for XSPC to include a full set of instructions in the form of an assembly guide, taking the builder through such things as flushing bleeding and filling in addition to the nuances of exactly where to stick their LEDs!
As detailing the whole of the assembly process would take an article in itself I'll simply comment that it was a pleasurable process, the CPU block went on without the use of swearing and the rest of the kit went together as intended. there were no missing parts and no no damaged items. Remember the rule about this section? The shorter it is the better the item is to fit.