Published on Monday, 29 September 2014 20:57
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Roughly 6 years ago one of my industry contacts (and also a good friend of mine now) told me that custom watercooling kits/loops were a niche product aimed mostly towards enthusiasts and serious overclockers so there wasn't much interest by readers for such reviews. Well back then i have to admit that i did agree with him mainly because such kits used to cost quite a bit (and weren't very easy to find) but nowadays between the much reduced prices of complete kits, the number of companies that make such kits and the large number of people turning towards PC case modding things have obviously changed for the best. Because of that we've decided to focus a bit more on such reviews and as promised a few days ago today with us we have yet another complete watercooling kit the NexXxoS Cool Answer 360 DDC/XT by Alphacool.
Alphacool are based in Germany and are one of the biggest producers of watercooling components for the PC market. Their products are sold worldwide which is testament to the quality of products they sell and are renowned for being very high performing.
The NexXoS Cool Answer 360 DDC/XT watercooling kit has been around for slightly over a year now but compared to the kit released back then the version currently in stores features several tiny improvements including a better mounting system for LGA2011 systems and support for more CPU models. Inside the package Alphacool packs their XT45 Full Copper 360mm radiator (3x120mm), three 120mm 1350RPM fans by Yate Loon, high quality Laing DDC-1T/12V Pump, repack-Laing DDC- 5,25 Single Bay Station (reservoir) and the NexXxoS XP³ Light-Acetal Edition CPU block. Unlike other manufacturers i was surprised to see that Alphacool includes a liter of their Cape Kelvin Catcher anti-corrosive fluid so you don't have to worry about purchasing one separately. Unfortunately this kit is not the top one currently in the Alphacool "first class" product line but it is one of their best ones and thus should give us a good idea about the quality and performance of their watercooling kits.