Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
Sort of out of nowhere, I got a random email from Chris Ramseyer mentioning a conversation he had had where he was in touch with a water cooling company from across the Atlantic. He wanted to know if he should mention me and add me into the e-mail so that we could further discuss sampling a product or two to get our take on what they have to offer. After a few emails back and forth of asking the representative for guidance to a dual radiator "kit" that would compare to a lot of the other kits we have tested in the past, we settled on the NexXxoS Cool Answer.
Without hesitation he directed me at an Alphacool "set" as they label them. I was linked to a specific set that they produce, and it seems like a perfect candidate for all of us to see what is going on halfway around the world in water cooling technology. Without knowing much of anything about the company, reading up on them, it seems they have their finger on the pulse and offer anything and everything that a custom water cooled system could require. More specifically with the product we are about to see, the parts have had many evolutions up to this set we are looking at, so we are getting the best of the best as far as what their technology offers.
The water cooling set in question is the Alphacool NexXxoS Cool Answer - 240 D5/UT, which is a collaboration of many separate parts all put together in one box and ready to cool all current CPUs. Every bit and piece is put together in this set to offer three things. First is the ability to go in sort of blindly without much homework involved, as they do all the thinking for you. Second, this kit can be added to later as your cooling needs grow, and the components chosen are definitely made to handle the load. Lastly, and most importantly to most customers, there is huge value in going with the set rather than trying to piece this all together yourself.
Usually at this point, there would be a large chart and a bunch of technical babble about all the parts, what they are made from, and all that jazz. This time, we are going at things a little differently. Since we are covering so many parts, and we have to break them all down to see how they work, we may as well save all the dizziness for when good visual aids are available to help show what it is we are trying to explain anyways.
While we have a notion of how this system should perform, as we have tested more than just a few kits in the time we have been doing this, Alphacool and their products are a complete mystery. It isn't even very often that they get much press inside of the US, and we do know of various others from overseas. Anonymity can be a good thing for a company sending a sample, though, as there is no track record to hold them to other than just against the rest of the kits we have seen.
That all being said, for the US readers, finding these kits are hit and miss, but they are available. The first place we were able to find them was over at performancepcs.com with a price of $289.95 US dollars, and while they have stock, you will have issues finding the set anywhere else. As for those readers on the other side of the Atlantic, you should be able to go through usual channels, and what Alphacool shows on the product pages, the NexXxoS Cool Answer - 240 D5/UT can be had for 242,95 euros, including tax, but in both cases, not including shipping. The price may seem a bit steep at first, but to part build this kit, it would cost 329,67 euros, so not only are there good savings when compared to others, the pricing is well worth the investment, and you will find out why continuing on with this review.