XSPC X2O Delta CPU waterblock
Now there are two things that stand out particularly well during the testing phase of the XSPC X2O Delta. The mass of copper cooling pins present in the base of the X2O Delta not only caused the slight pressure drop that we saw in the test results, but they also managed to impede the the flow of heat away from the Intel Q6600's four cores enough to result in an elevated temperature when overclocking. This isn't to say that the XSPC X2O Delta is a slouch when it comes to cooling; nothing could be further from the truth. But the improved coolant channels and less-restrictive positioning of the pin structure on the D-TEK FuZion in my opinion makes it more efficient.
However, the XSPC X2O Delta is significantly cheaper than the D-TEK FuZion it was compared against. Whilst the XSPC X2O Delta can be purchased from WaterCooling UK for £28.99 including 17% VAT , the D-TEK FuZion comes in at £37.99. If you are looking for the creme-de-la-creme and best performing waterblock, then the D-TEK FuZion is it, but if you are looking for a great all-round workhorse capable of keeping a dual- or quad-core processor on the cool side then the XSPC X2O Delta will perform the task with ease.
The quality of the XSPC X2O Delta is very apparent and the chrome finish would certainly look the part on any high-end rig...plus you get to save a few pounds along the way. The universal adaptor plate is also great for allowing those on older sockets the flexibility of cooling their hardware too. Further; even though I had reservations about whether the adaptor plate would cause issues when mounting the waterblock on some of the newer motherboards, I am pleased to say that it doesn't, well not on my P5B Deluxe anyway.
The XSPC X2O Delta CPU waterblock today has earned the 'recommended award' for its performance, and the 'value for money' award based on its price.
+ Universal socket compatability
+ Very respectable performance
- Slightly more pressure drop than the D-TEK FuZion
- Beaten by the D-TEK FuZion in cooling performance.
Overclock3d would like to thank WaterCooling UK for supplying the review specimen. Without their dedication and support, this review would not have been possible.
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