Monday, May 22nd 2017

Alphacool Intros the Eisblock XPX CPU Water Block

Alphacool proudly presents the XPX Eisblock clear and satin versions. As with the other versions of the XPX, Alphacool relies on their specially developed and patented ramp technology. This innovation significantly improves the cooling performance, which has already been shown in tests with the normal Eisblock XPX. It allows the water to flow evenly over all the cooling fins instead of just rushing through the middle section and nearly standing still at the edges. Additionally, the Eisblock XPX boasts a large bottom surface of 34 x 32mm, perfect for CPUs with 8 or more cores, and a very fine fin structure of 0.2mm.


Alphacool is also the first water cooling manufacturer worldwide to dispense with Plexiglas and instead use transparent nylon, the material of the future, for both coolers. Nylon is a much more robust material than Plexiglas, meaning that the danger of cracks in the cooler is drastically reduced. Cracks can occur due to connectors being fastened too tightly or some other uneven strain on the Plexiglas.
In order to live up to today's aesthetic standards, not only the surface of the clear cooler is polished, but also the inner cooling channels. This makes the Eisblock XPX clear as glass. Users looking for a unique effect need look no further than the satin version. Its milky, sandblasted surface gives the cooler a unique look when illuminated. Both versions have four 5mm LED holes on two sides, more than enough to make the cooler the focal point of the whole system.
  • Dimensions: 65 x 65 x 30mm
  • Connector: 2x G 1/4"
  • Material cooling plate: Nickel plated copper
  • Other materials: Transparent nylon and Plexiglass
  • Socket AMD: M2 /AM2+ /AM3 /AM3+ / FM1 / FM2 / FM2+ /AM4
  • Socket Intel: 775 / 1056 / 1155 / 1150 / 1151 / 2011 / 2011-3
  • Accessories: Manual, mounting material
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14 Comments on Alphacool Intros the Eisblock XPX CPU Water Block

#1
Chaitanya
Looks good, now waiting for reviews.
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#2
PowerPC
That left one looks like it has blood in it
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#3
bogami
They achieved good results but could have been better. Inlet channel is half the size of the output channels, and there is some room for improvement and greater liquid permeability. Customizing properties of a liquid in such a small area is not so easy to achieve. Here we can see some good solutions and RGB lovers will have a good selection.
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#5
ZoneDymo
" It allows the water to flow evenly over all the cooling fins instead of just rushing through the middle section and nearly standing still at the edges. "

yeah... impressive?
im sorry but dont we know how this shit works for like 100 years now? Hydrodynamics...honestly i dont even understand how you begin making waterblocks if you dont understand this stuff...

Its like a car brand suddenly announcing a brand new innovation, rubber tires! "it allows the bumps in the road to be absorbed so its a more comfortable ride and also they provide much more grip then the old uhh wooden wheels we used up to now"
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#6
Caring1
ZoneDymo, post: 3662135, member: 66089"
Its like a car brand suddenly announcing a brand new innovation, rubber tires! "it allows the bumps in the road to be absorbed so its a more comfortable ride and also they provide much more grip then the old uhh wooden wheels we used up to now"
If you want to use a car analogy, it's like Ferdinand Porsche taking his original V.W. design and refining it into, a Porsche.
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#7
ZoneDymo
Caring1, post: 3662143, member: 153156"
If you want to use a car analogy, it's like Ferdinand Porsche taking his original V.W. design and refining it into, a Porsche.
I dont agree on that but the point was, hydrodynamics is not a hard subject, humanity has understood this for many many years now, so to just build a heatsink that has water standing stagnant on the edges...is just a terribly designed product.
Again I dont understand how anyone in the position (aka with a company) to make such products makes something that crappy.
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#8
thesmokingman
ZoneDymo, post: 3662149, member: 66089"
I dont agree on that but the point was, hydrodynamics is not a hard subject, humanity has understood this for many many years now, so to just build a heatsink that has water standing stagnant on the edges...is just a terribly designed product.
Again I dont understand how anyone in the position (aka with a company) to make such products makes something that crappy.
They probably didn't employ the right CFD specialists. Those blocks are really tall too, and are annoying when you are using a vrm/mosfet block and the deck heights are now longer the same.
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#10
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
VSG, post: 3662396, member: 150714"
I have covered the non-acrylic top model on my website if you wanted a look: http://thermalbench.com/2016/12/02/alphacool-eisblock-xpx-cpu-waterblock/

Decent, but nothing special.
So still worse than my ex block. Good to know. It is getting a but warm with a 5960x@4.8 under it and I have been looking for something possibly better.
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#11
VSG
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cdawall, post: 3662432, member: 28601"
So still worse than my ex block. Good to know. It is getting a but warm with a 5960x@4.8 under it and I have been looking for something possibly better.
The best bet at the moment would be the Aqua Computer cuplex kryos NEXT with VARIO feature. I'll have a review on TPU soon, but basically it allows the cold plate bow to be customized to best fit your particular CPU IHS. On LGA 2011-3, it can potentially get a bigger decrease in temps vs just replacing a block or TIM.
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#13
VSG
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Chaitanya, post: 3662479, member: 93474"
Thanks, will continue using Koolance 390A for couple of years more. Other than looks no reason to upgrade really.
Yup. If you already have a decent waterblock from the last 1-2 years, only get a new one for an aesthetics change or a new build. Nothing yet has come up to buckle that trend.
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#14
diatribe
Has any other manufacturer used transparent nylon on their water blocks in the past? I like seeing new materials being used, but I'll leave it up to others to be the test subjects.
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