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XSPC RayStorm 750 RS240 Water Cooling Kit Review

We finally got a chance to take a look at our first kit from a well-known water cooling manufacturer. XSPC has sent over their RayStorm 750 RS240 kit. This however isn’t their highest end water cooling kit but it does offer one of their most popular water blocks, larger tubing than what is offered in an AIO, a stronger pump and the ability to customize like adding more water blocks and radiators. The XSPC RayStorm 750 RS240 kit will give you full water cooling customization experience.

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We finally got a chance to take a look at our first kit from a well-known water cooling manufacturer. XSPC has sent over their RayStorm 750 RS240 kit. This however isn’t their highest end water cooling kit but it does offer one of their most popular water blocks, larger tubing than what is offered in an AIO, a stronger pump and the ability to customize like adding more water blocks and radiators. The XSPC RayStorm 750 RS240 kit will give you full water cooling customization experience.

XSPC RayStorm 750 RS240 Water Cooling Kit Review

Introduction

We have taken a look at just about all the current all-in-one water cooling products on the market here at Pro-Clockers. They all have done what the manufacturers and users wanted to and which is to be a quick and easy first step to get into water cooling. These are built to provide better cooling solutions compared to most air coolers.

Even with the advantages AIO water cooling kits offer, they still are still quite far behind the performance of customized water cooling setups. Expanding or customizing them is pretty non-existent except in the case of the Swiftech H220 kit. Chances are, the next generation of AIO water coolers from other companies will offer some form of customization or upgrade. It is a commonly desired aspect of a good high-end setup that you simply wouldn’t get from typical AIO water cooling available today. Hence, if you get the right combination of parts, cooling performance goes unmatched.

We finally got a chance to take a look at our first kit from a well-known water cooling manufacturer. XSPC has sent over their RayStorm 750 RS240 kit. This however isn’t their highest end water cooling kit but it does offer one of their most popular water blocks, larger tubing than what is offered in an AIO, a stronger pump and the ability to customize like adding more water blocks and radiators. The XSPC RayStorm 750 RS240 kit will give you full water cooling customization experience.

Specifications

RayStorm Black Acetal CPU Block
– Designed for Multi Core CPU’s
– High Performance Copper Base 50x50x4mm
With Over 1200 Copper Pins
– Pins Precision Cut to 0.25mm
– CNC Cut Acetal Top
– G1/4″ Threads
– Compatible with Most Compression Fittings
– Supports Sockets LGA775, 1156, 1155, 1366 and 2011
Supplied with mounting hardware, 775, 1156, and 1366 backplates, allen key, and thermal paste.

RS240 Dual Fan Radiator
– Matt Black Finish
– Dimensions: 121x35x277mm (WxDxH)
– 19mm Flat tubes for reduced flow resistance
– 1 Row 11 Tubes
– Compact Design
– G1/4″ Ports
– 6-32 Screws
Supplied with mounting screws
– G1/4″ threads
– High quality acrylic
– Removable brushed aluminum faceplates
– Brass screw threads
– Low noise, low vibration (42dB Max)
– Pump performance: 750 LPH
– Delivery head: 1.8m
– Voltage: 12V (4pin)
– Dimensions: 149 x 100 x 85mm (WxDxH)
– Two 5mm LED holes
– Individually pressure tested
Maximum water temperature: 50C
Supplied with black and silver faceplates, screws, allen key, and a blue LED.

HighFlex Hose Clear
– 7/16″ (11.1mm) Inner Diameter
– 3/32″ (2.4mm) Wall Thickness
– 5/8″ (16mm) Outer Diameter
– Stain Resistant
– Max Temperature 60ºC
– Min Temperature -32ºC
– Designed for use with 1/2″ barbs and 7/16″ compression fittings

Features

Kit Contents:
– RayStorm Black (Acetal) CPU Waterblock
– Socket 775, 1366 and 1154 Backplates
– Socket AM2 and AM3 mounting kit
– X2O 750 12V Pump/Reservoir (42dB Max)
– 5mm Blue LED with 4Pin Molex
– RS240 Radiator
– 80mm to 120mm Radiator brackets
– Low Noise 1700rpm 120mm Fan x2
– 120mm Fan Grill x2
– 2 Meters of Clear 7/16″ Hose
– G1/4″ to 1/2″ barbs x6
– Thermal Paste

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Supports
AMD Sockets 939, 754, 940, AM2, AM3
Intel Sockets LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775, 603, 604, LGA2011
*Requires mounting holes
Designed for multi-core CPUs

Closer Look

Yes we know that all-in-one water cooling is the rage right now. Every company seem to have at least two AIO water cooling models in the market, usually one with a small 120mm radiator and one with a 240mm radiator. Some enthusiasts will not label these as ‘real water cooling’ solution as you never really get deep down and dirty into it in terms of customization and installation. There is none of that, you simply install it and leave it. Many also say that you don’t get the performance of a ‘true water cooling solution’. Personally, I would say it’s a nice alternative to the big bulky air-coolers you can also go with.

Today, we finally get a chance to review a water cooling setup that is more inclined to what we know about genuine water cooling. Granted that it comes with all the components in one package like the all-in-ones put in this case you have to actually build it….piece by piece. The XSPC RayStorm 750 RS240 kit offer just that wherein you can do a bunch of different configurations in just one kit. An entry-level water cooling setup that you can build on and upgrade as your system grow.

XSPC offers a few different kits giving the builder better choices to satisfy their water cooling needs. This unit comes with a thinner 240mm radiator while others come with larger radiators like the 360mm or thicker radiators for better heat dissipation. Also, there are different combinations of water blocks, pumps, fittings, and other accessories that is bundled with each particular kit. Hopefully, we get a chance to bring you some of these other delights from XSPC.

The Raystorm Water Block

The first individual component of the kit we will be talking about is CPU block. The RayStorm block comes in a form factor that supports both AMD and Intel processors. Our kit did come with both plates to accommodate each. XSPC offers the RayStorm in two variants which would be all-black and chrome. The kit we will be taking a look at is the all-black XSPC RayStorm 750 RS240 unit.

The mounting holes of the mounting bracket are elongated to support all the current Intel sockets including LGA 2011. The inlet and outlet openings are distanced far enough apart that you can easily use compression fittings.

XSPC clearly marked the ‘inlet’ plug from the outside.

Flipping the block over, we have an all copper base. The wide base is flushed and shiny and should make good contact with all types of CPU IHS plates.

As you can see, the sides of the top plate are clear. This is because the kit comes with two blue LEDs that will shine throughout the block to add a bit of aesthetic lighting to the build.

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The RS240 Radiator

The radiator of the kit comes from the RS family and is called the RS240 due to the fact it can house two 120mm on one side. Obviously, an additional of two fans can be mounted on the opposite side of the radiator for better cooling performance.

The XSPC RayStorm 750 RS240 kit uses the thinnest of the radiators that XSPC produce. It measures 35mm compared to the 35.5 of the EX series and 63mm of the RX models. Being a cheaper priced kit, XSPC has to make sure that the radiator was thin enough to fit in the tightest areas of a typical case.

The port openings of the radiator are of G1/4″ standard. This makes it suitable for the majority of the fittings available on the market.

The radiator uses 19mm flat tubes to reduce the flow resistance and making it ideal for slower spinning fans.

The X20 750 Dual Res/Pump

The reservoir and the pump of the kit are integrated together so that the kit as a whole will take up less space. Good idea for that purpose alone but bad if you have to replace the pump or the reservoir for whatever reason.

There isn’t much for branding here except for the XSPC logo in the lower right. There is also a water level meter so the builder can keep a watchful eye out of the coolant.

The combo is designed to take up two 5.25″ bays. If your case doesn’t have such space, you can always go to the route of using two individual items but also taking up more room inside the chassis.

The rear of the combo chassis has a total of three ports with two marked as inlet and outlet and the third being a spare. The electrical cable provides power for the pump. There is also a small opening for another blue LED in the rear of the bayres/pump module.

On the top of the reservoir is a fill port which is used to fill the kit with coolant after all is put together.

As far as the pump is concerned, the unit is quiet in operation and moves a good amount of water at 750 LPH or liters per hour. The pump is powered by a four pin Molex connector so make sure you have one available.

Mounting Images

To be honest, the mounting of the entire XSPC RayStorm 750 RS240 kit did not take a lot of time. Mounting the block, radiator and res/pump module were all pretty much self-explanatory. But one thing that we had to make sure of was the proper tightness of the fittings. This means that you will need something to tighten them and at the same time we have to be careful not to scratch up any of the finish of the components.

In most towers, this kit would be in complete view with the side panels removed and all tubing could be cut after putting the three main pieces in. This is not the case for the Cooler Master HAF XB chassis we are using. We had to start with the tubing first then connect to the res/pump combo module because once it is mounted, it would be impossible to access the rear of it.

After all connections are made and everything is tightened down, we removed the motherboard and other components except the PSU and tested for leaks for several hours. XSPC recommends 24 hours of leak testing.

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Testing Methodology

For our testing we will be using the following procedures and parameters to acquire the necessary data:

  1. Thermal compound used is Arctic Silver 5
  2. Idle temperatures are recorded after the system has been allowed to idle for thirty minutes from the point Windows has finished loading.
  3. Load temperatures are recorded by running OCCT for twenty minutes on all available threads.
  4. Real Temp is used for the recording of all temperature sensor reading.
  5. PWM function is disabled via BIOS to allow the fans to run at full speed.
  6. CPU model and overclock speed used for testing are outlined below in “Test Hardware”.
  7. Each cooler is first tested with one fan supplied from the manufacturer.
  8. Each cooler is then tested again with a second fan attached if provided by the manufacturer.

Test Hardware:

1. ASUS X79 Deluxe Motherboard
2. Intel Core i7 3930K Processor
3. Kingston HyperX 1866 DDR3 16GB
4. Kingston V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive
5. ASUS BC12B1LT BD-Rom Drive
6. Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler
7. MicrocoolBanchetto 101 Open Air Test Bench
8. Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W Power Supply
9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card

Results

 

Conclusion

Of all the all-in-one water cooling kits we have tested, the closest one to compare with the XSPC RayStorm 750 RS240 kit was the Swiftech H220. This isn’t because of performance but upgradability as well.

Of all the AIO kits, the H220 is the only one that has the ability to add pieces like another radiator or a GPU block at a later time. This is what really set it apart from the rest and this is also a reason why it is very popular. But unlike the H220, the RayStorm kits have the feature of being able to upgrade individual components like the pump and water block as well as adding more radiators and water blocks.  

When it comes to performance, we saw that the XSPC RayStorm 750 RS240 kit is superior to all the AIO kits what use 120mm fans for cooling. The only kit that outperforms the RayStorm setup is the Corsair H110 which uses a 280mm radiator. Obviously, we believe this is because of the larger surface area of the radiator. Also in the XPSC’s corner is that we were able to maintain a noise level that was very easy to deal with.

I can’t really say the following below is a negative factor because it depends on the situation but it does take a longer time to setup a kit like this. There is the individual mounting of at least three pieces depending on the kit. Then there is the wait and see 24-hour leak test if you chose to wait that long. Many do this with simple kits as well. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Today, you can’t knock the price when it comes to the XSPC kits. The XSPC RayStorm 750 RS240 kit is priced around $140, slightly pricey and quite in range with the price of better AIO units. However, at this price you get upgradability in every way and pure cooling performance.

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