The NexXxos XP³ Light CPU Block
The CPU water block that comes along for the ride is indeed this XP³ Light from Alphacool. The ports on the block are marked for flow direction in the same gold paint used for the name at the bottom. The sides of the block are Acetal, but the top is a shiny black chrome plate, but it is hard to see as dirty as this is.
The bottom of the CPU block is a solid copper plate which is screwed into the bottom of the Acetal top section. There are a few obvious scratches in our block, but the contact area is slightly convex and free of major defects. A little polishing to this and the top plate, and this block will be good as new.
Looking inside of the top part of the water block, it is simple to see why flow direction is important. The in port runs through a diverter, pressing water through the cross-hatch design of the copper base. To keep this all free from leaks, there is a thick O-ring that runs around the block, sealing it once the copper screws are replaced.
The hardware to mount the block is what we have now. There is an Allen wrench for the universal studs used to hold the block in place. There are different sets for LGA2011, but the instructions do not cover what is what. To the right are the top mounting nuts, which keeps the block locked to the CPU and motherboard, and we cannot forget about the tube of TIM, which has enough for many applications in it.
There are four springs for tension to the block, and four nuts which secure the standoffs to the motherboard. The metal washers are used under the springs, while the clear washers are used on both sides of the motherboard.
Surprisingly, there's more. Alphacool sends a universal backplate with all sorts of mounting options for AMD and Intel systems. There is an AMD top mounting plate to slide over the block, as well as the Intel top plate on the right, which has a foam spacer used to isolate the middle of the universal backplate.
As for the instructions, we are given this for assembly. On the left, not all of the parts are listed, and the image of assembly does not account for the use of a backplate. We also included the instructions for the fittings in this image, where it shows not to wrench the fittings in. Finger tight is good enough.
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