Welcome to the fourth block in my series of i7 – 2600K CPU block tests. This is another fine block from XSPC at an exceptional value…the XSPC Rasa. After reading other very positive reviews and seeing how popular this block has been in many forums, I was excited to try it out. You’ll see this block as part of the extremely popular XSPC Rasa Kit’s as well as being sold separately in many fine XSPC retailers. The Rasa comes in two forms; all black as being reviewed here and chrome flavor to meet a variety of build themes and user preferences. I chose the all black option for that stealthy matte black look..:)
A special thanks to Paul from XSPC for sponsoring this test!
Here are a few highlights:
- High Performance Copper Base 50x50x4mm With Over 1200 Copper Pins cut at .25mm
- CNC Cut Acetal Top
- Compatible with Most Compression Fittings, but some limitations
- Supports Sockets LGA775, 1156, 1155 and 1366 and comes with back-plates
- Full Cover Back-plates for more MB protection, and easy peel and stick type mounting.
- Thumb-nut Stud/Spring system style hold down attachment
- G1/4 threaded wide ports are compatible with most fittings
- Low relative cost for high performance
Packaging & Contents
While I do focus much of my effort on testing, I’m like anyone else in enjoying a good box opening..:)
The block comes in a black box with graphics as shown below:
The box was about average in size for a CPU block. Upon opening the block there is a 1/2 layer of white foam on top of individually bagged and wrapped items. The block itself has a foam socket it sits within providing very high protection to the copper base.
There is quite a bit of content within the box and everything is well protected, even the block is wrapped in a nice thick plastic wrapping.
Once you get everything out of the box, this is what you see.. It includes several very nicely designed intel easy mount back-plates, a nice color installation guide, the block, the thumb-nut/stud hardware, TIM paste, and an allen wrench.
While I always use MX-2 as my testing TIM material (for consistency), it’s nice knowing you get something in the box. The package as a whole is fairly complete for Intel users, giving you pretty much all you need except a set of barbs.
Also included is a nice quality COLOR! printed user manual. This was a step up in presentation on the guidance material from most blocks. You can also download the PDF of the Rasa user manual here.
The user’s guide, while not being extremely detailed was very clear and easy to follow. The nice color photographs and clear and concise steps worked well and should be plenty for most users.
For my fellow AMD users, you will need to pick up the AMD kit separately which also comes in black or chrome. Not shown, but the kit comes in a larger plastic bag and the hold down plates is wrapped in several layers of protective foam.
The overall packaging was done very well.