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XSPC Razor Neo GTX 1080 Ti Waterblock Review

If you are thinking about delving in water cooling your high end NVIDIA GTX 1080 or 1080 Ti video card, the XSPC Razor Neo is certainly worthy of being on your short list. Outside of its incredibly good looks, Frag Harder Disco Lights, and easy install process, does it work well when it comes to overclocking and cooling your GTX 1080 Ti?

XSPC Razor Neo

XSPC has very much impressed us lately with its Threadripper waterblock performance. Its socket TR4 specific waterblock has outperformed every other waterblock we have tested with AMD's overclocked Threadripper. Given that we think more than a few of the "old guard" enthusiasts are very excited about AMD's new HEDT CPU, we figured that more than a few of you guys would be moving to a custom cooling loop for your new system. And given that many of you will likely be running high end GPUs in these systems as well, it is highly like that you will want to include you video card into your custom loop. So when XSPC gave us the opportunity to test its Razor Neo waterblock for the GTX 1080 Ti, we took them up on the offer.

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The Razor Neo is an impressive piece of equipment. One thing that makes this product unique in the market is that the window on the block is constructed of high strength tempered glass, rather than the acrylic pane that you will find in most other products. It is crystal clear and free of any distortion. While XSPC has heralded the window's resistance to being dropped, I don't really think this is a problem, but there are a couple of other points that are worth mention which are covered in the video on the next page as well. First and foremost the tempered glass is incredible scratch resistant. We were not kind to the window. We take a couple of screwdrivers to it, and neither left a scratch. Secondly, acrylic has the tendency to develop stress cracks over time, especially at attachment points. Certainly your tempered glass Razor will never exhibit that quality. Also worth mention is that this tempered glass will never stain from the use of dyes or colored coolants.

The one negative I can find on the over design is the fact that the flow ports exit straight out of the top of the block. Many companies have gone to 90 degree flow ports that can exit in either direction and that in most cases is going to make plumbing in waterblock much easier and generally better looking. Surely you can use 90 degree fittings to address this, but this may or may not be a dealbreaker for your tubing layout.

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The block itself is nickel plated copper, and the nickel finish is of excellent quality. The front plate is chrome plated aluminum, and its plating was also done excellently. At no time is the coolant flow exposed to the aluminum plate on the front of the assembly. Chrome is not what I would have chosen for a system of mine, but personal taste aside, it is hard to take in the Razor Neo and not be impressed with its fit and finish. The microfins over the GPU are 0.35mm and cover the full surface of the GPU.

XSPC also sells a backplate that will dress up the back of the assembly a bit. This is done in a one piece aluminum construction. It is sandblasted then anodized black. This is not crucial to the overall unit, but it does come with a thermal pad in order to help that backplate act as a heatsink. It surely gives the card a good look though. It is only offered in black.

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Besides contacting the GPU for heat removal, this new Razor block also contacts all of our VRM components. Thermal pads are provided for the capacitors, the chokes, and the MOSFETs. We fully cover this on the next page in the build video.