Xirex Stealth VGA Waterblock
Not so long ago we met George Clarkson at the Xirex booth at Cebit 2008. After a small introduction of their newest products and some chat we came across a very small and good looking water block designed for the NVIDIA 8800 GT video cards. George gave us the opportunity to have a closed-up look of their newest product, the Stealth looks compact but is said to be a great performer. The secret lies in the "small microchannels inside the waterblock", so said George. As I was having the 880 0GT for test run at that moment and it would be quite cool to find out if the Xirex block is up to any good.
The 8800 GT was a popular video card and even now it isn’t that bad of a choice if it were not ATI to have released their HD4850 that is. Non-the-less, most samples should already have found their way to the customer and in that case the retail market is still more or less demanding better cooling solutions. The reference heatsink was made out of small (single slot) cooling fins combined with a not entirely silent fan. GPU core temperature levels went up to roughly 80°C when heavy stressed and so it should be no wonder why some users may replace the original HSF by a high performing water block which can be more silent when combined with the right components. Or maybe you are one of these who voltmod their hardware and overclock it for higher performance, in that case the Xirex water block may also be of interest to you. Anyway, let's start with having a look at what kind of firm Xirex actually is because their name may not ring a bell with most of you I presume.
As part from the Rombus group, Xirex Liquidcooling
department is committed in designing and manufacturing the best quality liquid cooling products, addressing a new market segment which is rapidly growing and is demanding products with high cooling performance, noise reduction and easiness of use/installation. Their target is not to only cover the liquid cooling market, Xirex deals with all issues regarding the cooling for Office-PCs, High-End-PCs, Gaming-PCs up to server cooling. This offer is rounded by an extensive range of products, from the automatic, freely scalable fan control up to LCD-displays to use the assigned components forceful and effective.
Here is the Xirex Stealth VGA waterblock as presented during Cebit 2008:Inside the box
In stores, expect an ordinary box, nothing fancy:
Inside the box you'll find the most mandatory stuff, pay attention because fittings are not being added:Xirex Stealth VGA water block
Mounting kit + thermal tape
Let's have a closer look at the water block ->