XSPC Razor Neo Waterblock for GTX 1080 Ti Build

Have you ever wondered just how involved it is to install water cooling onto your very expensive video card? We walk you through installing the XSPC Razor New Waterblock onto our NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti video card and show you just how everything fits and how easily it all goes.

XSPC Razor Neo Waterblock for GTX 1080 Ti Build and Assembly

When we got to reviewing and spending time with AMD's new Threadripper CPU this year, it became clear to us that a lot of folks that wanted the burly 16C/36T monster in their High-End DeskTop (HEDT) system would be moving to some more advanced water cooling solutions (although there are healthy AIO solutions), especially if you are going to be overclocking the ThreadRipper. And if you are considering moving to a custom cooling loop for your mighty CPU, you might as well move your hot GPU into the mix.

After XSPC emerged as the leader in our Threadripper water cooling testing, (but it did have some other blocks come close, such at the Phanteks C399A and Bykski block, and the EK EVO that failed), the good folks over at XSPC asked us if we wanted to look at their GTX 1080 Ti waterblock solution and it sound like something that would be a good addition to our content here at HardOCP.

Below is a quick look at the XSPC Razor Neo waterblock for the GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti. We will be testing ours on the GTX 1080 Ti.

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Our block is finished in chrome, however it does come in black chrome, and a matte black finish as well. One thing that is unique about this block from others on the market is that the window material used is 4mm thick high strength tempered glass, much like you would find in the side windows of your car. We do beat on it some and try to scratch it up as well in our installation video.

The Razor is a full nickel plated copper block. The front plate that is aluminum, which is chrome plated, does not contact the fluid flow at any point. As of writing this, we are finishing up on performance testing today. Before we get to performance, I thought it might be helpful to show our readers what exactly it takes to install a GPU waterblock.

GTX 1080 Ti Disassembly

Of course in order to install your GPU waterblock, you have to breakdown our current cooling solution. The video below focuses on The GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition video card, but the process is much the same for the GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 Founders Edition video cards as well. The process is not difficult, but it is worth noting that having the right tools will make the process much easier and much safer for your video card.

XSPC Razor Neo and GTX 1080 Ti Assembly

Now that we have gotten past all the "boring" parts of this, let's get down to brass tacks and cover exactly what it takes to install the XSPC Razor onto your video card. We take our time moving through this build process, and we do some things that you do not 100% need to at home, but might like to. We check CPU and coldplate mating, which I would suggest you do at home. If the mate between your GPU and coldpate are not "right," there is very little reason to use GPU water cooling. Also we go in and check the mating of the thermal pads. I have in the past seen video card waterblocks that have supplied thermal pad kits that did not make contact between the Integrated Circuit it was supposed to be cooling and the waterblock. To be succinct, the XSPC Razor kits looks to be on point!

The Bottom Line

The Razor Neo waterblock kit is very well put together. All the parts and pieces supplied fit well, and everything worked as exactly as it should. Hopefully this over-the-shoulder look gives you an idea of what is all needed to complete the waterblock install and will give you a bit of confidence if you have been putting this out worrying about the difficulty or danger involved. And yes, the card still works; better than ever actually.


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