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Corsair HydroX Custom Liquid Cooling Review (Page 3)

Shannon Robb | Apr 6, 2020 at 8:38 pm CDT - 2 mins, 16 secs time to read this page
Rating: 96%Manufacturer: CorsairModel: CX-9010001-WW

Corsair XC7 RGB CPU Water Block

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The front of the XC7 block packaging is like other Corsair devices we have seen in the past. The front is dominated by the image of the CPU block itself. Other than that, we have the corsair logo up top and the hydro series and naming information along the bottom. Also down here is the iCUE logo along with the Intel 115x and AMD AM4 compatibility note. Yes, Corsair offers two different block options, one with HEDT in mind, all of which have their mounting solution in place.

The rear of the packaging for the XC7 is once again dominated by an image of the lit RGB block. Below this, we find a few key features in six languages. The XC7 has more than 60 high-efficiency micro cooling fins, which form the images, and from my inspection is a cold plate with a skived fin array in the center. I will say up front that the blocks mounting hardware and even their cold plate are very similar to what we have seen from Asetek, which is neither a good nor bad thing, just something I felt worth noting.

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Opening the XC7, we find that the block is held in place inside of a plastic clamshell. Atop the clamshell is the warranty guide and manual.

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The accessories with the XC7 are simple. First up is the mounting ring for AM4, which, as I mentioned, looks a lot like an Asetek part we have seen to hold their pump heads to the processor. The backplate has a rubber gasket to help with potential shorting concerns. The backplate supports both 115x and AM4. I know AM3 is aging, but I am admittedly surprised Corsair did not include it simply because the holes were very similar. There are washers and the mounting studs which come preloaded with springs to apply appropriate tension to the mating surface. I will say the mounting hardware is well done, so it looks nice once installed.

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Now we get to look at the block itself. One thing to note is that the right-hand G1/4 port should be your inlet as it is the one with the integrated water jet area, which pushes coolant into the middle of the fin stack. The ARGB LEDs are surrounding the circular clear center section. The Corsair ship logo across the bottom is transparent to allow it to be lit by the ARGB effects as well. Looking at the cold plate, we are greeted by a hexagonal array of pre-applied thermal paste. This spread should be more than enough to cover both a 115x IHS or a Ryzen one.

Last updated: Apr 6, 2020 at 08:45 pm CDT

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Shannon Robb

Shannon started his PC journey around the age of six in 1989. Now till present day, he has established himself in the overclocking world, spending many years pushing the limits of hardware on LN2. Shannon has worked with design and R&D on various components, including PC systems and chassis, to optimize the layout and performance for enthusiasts.

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