Alphacool NexXxos X2 Bold Highflow water block

Introduction

Introduction

In the very recent past AMD and Intel have been vocal about upcoming families of multiple core CPU's which will take processors into an area that we have never seen before. With Intel's current Q6600/ QX quad-core range and AMD's soon to be released Phenom native quad-core processors on the horizon, eight and sixteen cored processors will no doubt follow as the process is perfected and applications demand it.

It is a well known fact that water-cooling is really beginning to become a viable mainstream alternative to traditional air-cooling measures. No longer is water-cooling purely the domain of the hardcore overclockers, but ever increasingly it is beginning to make its way into more and more people's homes.
With the advent of quad-core processors and the successful saturation of the market with dual-core processors as well, a need has arisen for cooling methods to tame these multi-cored beasts. So how do we look towards cooling these processors more efficiently...With water-cooling of course!

Alphacool webpage

Alphacool
is a name synonymous with water-cooling hardware. The German based company made a name for themselves by producing quality, well-performing hardware for the PC enthusiast. However, in recent times it seemed that they simply dropped off the radar, allowing competitors to muscle in on their hard-earned market share.

Today, a revamped Alphacool seeks to restore itself back to the position that it held in the past, and continue on with manufacturing high-quality hardware as a commitment to both their current dedicated fan base and you, the prospective customer. The effort being made by Alphacool to regain lost ground is evident. From the fresh and enticing web page, through to the updated product lines, Alphacool is on a mission!

Today I have been given the opportunity to review the new Alphacool NexXxos X2 Bold HIGHFLOW waterblock which promises the highest performance nozzle waterblock with return flow channels, and enormous flow. Considering the exceptional performance of the current cooling champion, the D-TEK FuZion, it will be interesting to see how the Alphacool NexXxos X2 Bold HIGHFLOW performs. Will it tame the Quad-core beast?
 
Alphacool NexXxos XP Bold HIGHFLOW

Specifications

The new Alphacool X2 Bold HIGHFLOW's specifications were unashamedly taken from Alphacool's product page

Dimensions:
(L x W x H)
50 x 50 x 18mm
Weight:
(water block)
330g (approx.)
Flow Rate4.9 to 5.0 L/m
294 to 300L/h
Material:Copper base and Plexi top
Mounting:Socket 775
Fittings: (cooler is supplied without fittings)G1/4” (BSPT 1/4") 8/10/13mm

Now that we've seen the new Alphacool NexXxos X2 Bold HIGHFLOW's specifications, let's head over the page to check the waterblock out in a little more detail...
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Most Recent Comments

02-11-2007, 08:18:40

PV5150
Alphacool is back, and to help celebrate we've reviewed their new NexXxos X2 Bold HIGHFLOW waterblock.

Take a peak

02-11-2007, 09:42:19

WC Annihilus
Just to mention, last two pages still have default titles

02-11-2007, 12:22:31

AydST
Great review

In response to this Alphacool have adjusted their UK pricing and while PV's review was correct at the time of print, the new revised price is 35.99 inc VAT.

02-11-2007, 16:20:58

sbrehm72255
I've always liked Alphacool products, but they are all so damned expensive over here in the US.

02-11-2007, 18:13:21

AydST
there is a reason and it is my eternal argument with Alphacool (sorry Chris)

While 'other' manufacturers have their products made in the far east, Alphacool, who are a German company, have their products made in Germany. As we all know, especially with me being a quallified engineer, if you want a quality produced product...look to Germany. Sadly this does get reflected in the price as there are no sweat shops in Germany but all in all with Alphacool you wil be getting a quality crafted product.

After all Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Lamorghini etc.. can't be wrong....

02-11-2007, 18:52:49

sbrehm72255
LOL......true to a point, I lived and worked in Germany for Mercedes for a long period of time before moving back to the US...........

The US government is the other reason all European products cost so much (import duties, shipping and the like).

02-11-2007, 22:58:45

PV5150
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='WC Annihilus'
Just to mention, last two pages still have default titles
Fixed, thanks WC

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='AydST'
Great review

In response to this Alphacool have adjusted their UK pricing and while PV's review was correct at the time of print, the new revised price is 35.99 inc VAT.
Thanks Ayd, I'll make an addendum to the review to reflect the price drop.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='AydST'
there is a reason and it is my eternal argument with Alphacool (sorry Chris)

While 'other' manufacturers have their products made in the far east, Alphacool, who are a German company, have their products made in Germany. As we all know, especially with me being a quallified engineer, if you want a quality produced product...look to Germany. Sadly this does get reflected in the price as there are no sweat shops in Germany but all in all with Alphacool you wil be getting a quality crafted product.

After all Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Lamorghini etc.. can't be wrong....
Agreed, if you want a quality manufactured item then there is going to be some price difference. I included it as a sticking point merely because the better performing D-TEK FuZion was cheaper, and if Alphacool are looking to regain lost ground then this is an area that they will need to address (which they have to their credit). However, I think that 'dyed in the wool' Alphacool fans may overlook the price difference regardless...

Thanks all for the feedback, tis muchly appreciated
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