Xirex Liquid Cooling Starter Set Review

Cooling/Water Cooling by geoffreyleeghoofd @ 2008-12-29

Xirex launched a €90 all-in-one water cooling kit, it comes with a 120mm radiator, 12v pump, nicely polished water block and all the tubing and extra gear to get it installed in a wink of an eye. We compare its performance to a more expensive Swiftech water cooling kit, as well as some popular air cooled heatsinks. Read on to find out if this is kit any good.

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Test setup & Benchmark methodology

Test setup & Benchmark methodology

Geoffreys' Test Setup
Madshrimps (c)
CPUIntel E6600
CoolingZalman 9700 LED
MainboardMSI P7N SLI Platinum
Memory2x1Gb TEAMGROUP Xtreem 800MHz 4-4-4-10-35-4-10-10-10-2T
GraphicsLeadtek WinFast PX9600GT 512MB Extreme
  • FSP Epsilon 900 PSU
  • Maxtor 80Gb PATA HDD
  • Seagate 200GB SATA HDD
  • Antec Nine Hundred housing
  • 20" Dell UltraSharp 2007FP TFT monitor

  • In order to represent mainstream and high-end setups I used the setup at stock settings as well as at overclocked settings. Therefore I increased the CPU clock up to 3000MHz (333MHz x 9) and changed the CPU Core Voltage with 0,25V inside the BIOS (which puts it up to 1,48V read in Windows). The board allowed for more but since there is no active cooling on the Northbridge and MOSFET's I did not take the chance to go any higher, these components already became barely touchable when there is still more then 0,1V to add to the CPU Core voltage.

    Madshrimps (c)

    2 physical cores mean that we have to use multithreaded software in order to properly stress a Dual Core E6600 CPU. wPrime is an excellent tool to push the CPU to 100% load, we used its 1024M test in loop for 1/2h and measured the CPU core temperature with MSI Dual Core Center.
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    Comment from Oberon @ 2008/12/30
    On the second page, I believe to mean the "D-Tek Fusion" instead of "Danger Den Fusion".

    Good review all around, however.
    Comment from jmke @ 2008/12/30
    thank you for the correction