A special thanks to Paul from XSPC for providing the all new Raystorm block sample. This is the next generation CPU block from XSPC which incorporates pretty much all new internals, a larger base, an illuminated block hold down, and the same easy mount back plates of the Rasa block. I understand this isn’t intended to replace the Rasa block, but it is intended to be an advancement in performance.
Testing coming soon, in the mean time here are a few quick pictures.
Pretty much all new internally over the previous pin matrix and smaller base of the Rasa. The only thing carried over from the previous generation are the back plates and hold down screw system. This Raystorm is also sporting some factory LED lighting that give sort of a perimeter back light effect to the metal reinforced acrylic hold down plate. I have no doubt it will be extremely low in restriction with that large slot nozzle and deep micro channels and since the Rasa is already an extremely strong performer, this new block should be VERY interesting….
…off to testing..:)
Completed the pressure drop testing and we have a NEW KING! of low restriction for 2011 generation blocks. The new Raystorm is a good 1/3 the restriction of the previous generation Rasa and even lower restriction than the supreme HF. That’s sort of what I expected looking at the deep channels and large slot nozzle.
First the detailed results:
And what good is a test without some comparative results:
Now for the painfully slow thermal testing piece. We know that low restriction doesn’t necessarily mean optimal thermal performance. Some times it’s a bit of a balancing act, but microchannels in general have been known to do both well where pin designs are generally more difficult to retain low restriction and high thermal performance.
And a couple more photos showing the retention hardware and surface finishing.
I am very pleased to see the clean lines of the new hold down plate of the intel socket. The metal reinforcing insert has a nice matte black brushed finish, the acrylic edges leaves a nicely framed look, and the lack of any screw heads also presents a more modern and finished look.
The retention hardware is carried over from the previous generation Rasa. Only change I see is the additional metal washer and now loose hold down plate (not bolted). I’ll reserve my thoughts until I’ve gone through the multiple remounts of the block during thermal testing.