CORSAIR Hydro X Series XR7 360 Radiator Review 6

CORSAIR Hydro X Series XR7 360 Radiator Review


Value and Conclusion

  • The CORSAIR Hydro X Series XR7 360 radiator costs $114.99 from the CORSAIR web shop for customers in the USA, as of the date of this article.
  • Excellent build quality
  • Good thermal performance at all tested fan speeds
  • 3 year warranty
  • Increased compatibility inside cases as a result of the relatively low width and average length
  • Priced higher than nearly every other 360 mm radiator, including the one it is based on
When it comes to radiators being added to their Hydro X series of custom liquid cooling parts, CORSAIR could have gone with their own factory (which in turn means $$$), a China-based OEM, which would be harder to differentiate from a few other brands and risk QC mismanagement, or the German/Philippine options. As it turns out, not only is CORSAIR going with Hardware Labs as an OEM for radiators, but so is Bitspower, so it must have been the right move in more ways than one.

At $115 for the Hydro XR7 360, you can definitely find other radiators for a lower cost, including those in the 60 mm thickness class this radiator belongs to. For context, the retail Black Ice Nemesis GTX comes in at ~$105, and the $10 extra here come down to how much you value the larger brand CORSAIR is, as well as the bigger retail channels that come with it. You get a lower warranty, but three years is still a plus given most radiators tend to have 1–2 years only and radiators are passive components that are either bad out of the box or not at all anyway. The near-equivalent Bitspower Leviathan XF costs the same, but gives you more ports, but performs consistently a touch worse, too. CORSAIR tells me they worked with Hardware Labs to improve quality control, so you may well be getting a more consistent unit each time, and perhaps that played a role with this review unit performing ever so slightly better than Bitspower's take that came before. As it stands, the Hydro XR7 360 is currently among the very best-performing radiators in my test database, and one I will gladly recommend.
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