View Poll Results: Which block will perform the best?

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  • Alphacool NexXxos XP3

    4 2.68%
  • Bitspower Summit HF

    3 2.01%
  • Danger Den M6

    0 0%
  • DT Sniper or 5Noz

    8 5.37%
  • EK Supremacy or Supreme HF

    67 44.97%
  • Koolance CPU-370 Rev 1.1

    13 8.72%
  • MIPS IceForce HF

    3 2.01%
  • Swiftech Apogee HD

    22 14.77%
  • Phobya UC1-LT

    3 2.01%
  • Heatkiller 3 or XPSC Raystorm

    26 17.45%
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Thread: Stren's 2012 CPU Water Block Roundup

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    Stren's 2012 CPU Water Block Roundup



    Hi everyone and welcome to my 2012 CPU Waterblock Roundup. First off let's thank the sponsors who made this happen, if you like reviews like this please support those who sponsor the tests:

    Performance PC's were generous enough to sponsor six blocks - so big love to them:



    Thanks to my other sponsors (in alphabetical order):

    DT Waterblocks for sponsoring the 5Noz and Sniper blocks



    Danger Den for sponsoring the M6 Block



    EK Waterblocks for sponsoring the Supremacy Block



    Indigo Xtreme for sponsoring the TIM



    Koolance for sponsoring the CPU-370 Block



    MIPS for sponsoring the IceForce HF Block (and Frozen/Aquatuning for getting me it)



    Sidewinder Computers for sponsoring the Bitspower Summit HF



    Spotswood Computer Cases for sponsoring the tech station



    Swiftech for sponsoring the Apogee HD Block and a MCP35X2 pump to enable the measurements vs flow rate!




    Blocks tested:

    Alphacool NexXxos XP3 Light - Acetal Edition
    Bitspower Summit HF - Acetal/Nickel
    Danger Den M6 (aka CPU600)
    DT 5Noz
    DT Sniper
    DT Direct
    EK Supreme HF Rev 4 (Full Nickel)
    EK Supremacy (Nicekl/Plexi)
    Koolance CPU-370 Rev 1.1
    Koolance CPU-380
    MIPS IceForce HF
    Swiftech Apogee HD
    Phobya UC1-LT
    Watercool Heatkiller 3.0
    XSPC Rasa
    XSPC Raystorm
    XSPC Raystorm Full Copper

    Test Setup:

    Rampage IV Extreme + i7-3930K @ 4.8GHz, 1.45VCore
    Pump: MCP35X2 - PWM controlled by CF-635
    Reservoir: - EK 400 Basic
    Radiator: XSPC EX 560 with Push/Pull 2150rpm Gentle Typhoons using Bgears 120->140mm adapters
    Quick Disconnects: Koolance VL4N series
    Temperature Probes: Dallas DS18B20 fitted into a bitspower brass barb
    Flow Meter: King Instruments 7520 series 10" 0-3.5gpm scale
    Data logging and PWM control: CrystalFontz CF-635 with SCAB module

    You can see more details here: http://extremerigs.net/2012/07/build...e-sensors.html

    Results

    In brief on XS here

    In full on my website here

    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:27 AM.

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    Alphacool NexXxos XP3 Light - Acetal Edition



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    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:10 AM.

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    Bitspower Summit EF



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    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:11 AM.

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    Danger Den M6



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    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:12 AM.

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    DT 5Noz



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    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:13 AM.

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    DT Sniper



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    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:13 AM.

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    EK Supreme HF Rev 4



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    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:14 AM.

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    EK Supremacy



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    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:14 AM.

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    Koolance CPU-370 Rev 1.1



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    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:15 AM.

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    Koolance CPU-380



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    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:15 AM.

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    MIPS IceForce HF



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    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:16 AM.

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    Phobya UC1-LT



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    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:16 AM.

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    Swiftech Apogee HD



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    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:17 AM.

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    Watercool Heatkiller 3.0



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    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:18 AM.

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    XSPC Rasa



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    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:18 AM.

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    XSPC Raystorm



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    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:19 AM.

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    XSPC Raystorm Full Copper



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    Last edited by stren; 12-07-2012 at 10:19 AM.

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    For the full results write up click here!

    First off another big thanks to the sponsors because without them this never would have happened. If you like reviews like this make sure to support them so that they will support future reviews!

    Performance PC's were generous enough to sponsor six blocks!

    Results in Brief - far more info can be found on my website:

    Average of all 5 MX-2 mounts

    This data assumes all mounts are equally valid and that the average of all 5 is a good choice for performance metric:



    Flow



    Performance vs Pump Setting with Indigo Xtreme



    Mount "goodness" (Delta between MX-2 and IX)



    All Results at one pump speed:



    Gold Award

    The Koolance CPU-380 performed exceptionally besting every block on MX2 (nearly all of them by 1+C) while still being at the top of the heap with Indigo Xtreme. The quality and feel of the block is up to scratch too. Mount variability is good and the flow is decent too and I would heartily recommend it.

    Silver Awards

    The following blocks also performed very well and have their own niche uses:
    - the Phobya UC1 performs very well and is also priced very well
    – Swiftech Apogee HD because it performs very well and has a very nice mounting system
    - MIPS IceForce performed very well and has very high flow
    - the XSPC raystorm performs well and wins the value for money award!
    - the Watercool Heatkiller performed very well with IX

    Until Alphacool has fixed the single port threading issue I can not recommend the block!
    Last edited by stren; 03-04-2013 at 11:37 AM.

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    Reserved for DT Direct
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    stren: how about adding inside pics for all the blocks disassembled?

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    Eventhough this is on 2011 I doubt that any block will match supremacy performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by churchy View Post
    stren: how about adding inside pics for all the blocks disassembled?
    Those will come This is very much a work in progress When possible I like to test the blocks before I disassemble to reduce the chance of me affecting the results. The only exception to this are blocks where I have to change jetplates before testing.
    Last edited by stren; 07-29-2012 at 10:08 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by st0ned View Post
    Eventhough this is on 2011 I doubt that any block will match supremacy performance.
    Could be but there's a lot of new blocks here that haven't been tested before. I'm keeping my mouth shut til I have all the results in

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