i7-2600K CPU Block Shootout

Posted: February 7, 2012 in Blocks

Rather than trying to update each and every single block out there, I figured I’d do a summary blog of the various cpu block tests.  This has been a grueling task as you don’t know, but I actually tested 17 total blocks many of which were prototypes people sent.  I feel it’s important to take a step back one more time and look at the blocks from a big picture perspective.  Performance will of coarse be included, but I also see many other areas being equally or more important which will be somewhat subjective.


Resistance (Pressure Drop)

This is just a measurement of hydraulic restriction and something to consider when planning pumping needs and how the block affects flow rates of other components.

The results are all extremely close and overlapping depending on sample variance.

Thermal Performance

This is the more important performance factor of what the actual thermal performance is.

Again the results thermally are also really close and depend on the particular mount.

Packaging & Accessories

This represents how each block comes packaged to you:

Danger Den M6 came with one backplate and loose hardware (barbs were extra)

XSPC Raystorm came with all backplates, color manual, LED module and thermal compound

Supreme HF came with one universal backplate, good MX-4 thermal paste, and a wrench

Apogee HD came with a black/white guide, two backplates, quality barbs, worm drive clamps, and  paste.

CPU-370 came with AMD+INTEL Hold downs, two backplates, Paste, Thermal sensor film, and colored manual.

The Rasa is similar to the Raystorm with the three backplates, color guide, paste, and wrench.

In the end, I’m a bit torn between the barbs/clamps provided by Swiftech vs the nicer guide and additional backplates and LED module included in the Raystorm.  I’m going to call that a two way tie.

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