Posts Tagged ‘Raystorm’

Welcome to the another Raystorm test, this time the all metal premium Raystorm Copper block on my new 3930K processor.  The Raystorm turned out to be an excellent performing block in both 2600K performance and restriction, yet there was only an acetal top with acrylic hold down version until now.  The copper top is the same high performance design constructed out of more durable metal materials.  I tend to personally favor the use of metal top blocks myself too, so when XSPC asked if I would be interested in reviewing a copper top, I was happy to accept.

Before reviewing, I’d like to give special thanks to Paul from XSPC for sponsoring this sample product!


First, let’s look at the manufacturer’s specifications:

Special edition all copper waterblock with a CNC cut aluminium bracket. The best performing CPU waterblock just got better.

– Designed for Multi Core CPU’s
– High Performance Copper Base 56x56x3mm
– CNC Cut Copper Top
– CNC Cut Aluminium Bracket
– G1/4″ Threads
– Compatible with Most Compression Fittings
– Supports Sockets LGA775, 1156, 1155 and 1366

Supplied with mounting hardware, 775, 1156/1155, and 1366 backplates,
allen key, and K2 thermal paste.

Of special note is the CNC Cut “Copper” top and “Aluminum” bracket.  The original Raystorm is made from plastic acetal/delrin and acrylic for the bracket (hold down).

i7-2600K CPU XSPC Raystorm

Posted: September 26, 2011 in Blocks
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Welcome to the 7th block in my series of i7 – 2600K CPU block tests. You may be familiar with the extremely popular XSPC Rasa that many users enjoy in the popular kits, it is an excellent block possibly one of the most popular due to the exceptional value it provides giving top 2011 generation block performance levels.  XSPC has spent many months building basically an all new block called the Raystorm!

A special thanks to Paul from XSPC for sponsoring this test!  They provided the tested production sample prior to these blocks hitting the shelves, but I believe you should be seeing these next month at retailers.


First let’s go over a few basic highlights and characteristics.

  • High Performance Copper Base  56mm x 56mm x 3mm deep
  • Microchannel & Nozzle Plate Design
  • CNC Cut Acetal Top
  • Intel kit supports sockets LGA775, 1156, 1155, 1366, and 2011 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 include 3/4″OD compression fittings
  • Metal reinforced (aluminum) acrylic hold down
Update 2-9-12
Working on the copper top version, similar design, but instead it has an aluminum hold down and solid copper top.

XSPC Raystorm CPU Block Preview

Posted: September 23, 2011 in Blocks
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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..:)


Update 9-24-11

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.