XS-PC AX240 Radiator Review

XS-PC does not need any introduction but for those who are not familiar with water cooling using custom loops, let me introduce you to XS-PC. XS-PC is one of the top brands that offer products for custom water cooling loops for enthusiasts and beginners alike. One of the key components of any water cooling loop is the radiator. All of your fancy blocks, pumps, tubing, or reservoirs are of no use if you do not have a good radiator dissipating the heat from your components. Traditionally, PC radiators have had the same old black finish with thin walls. When it comes to choosing a radiator that offers more than just cooling capability, the AX series from XS-PC fits the bill perfectly. From its paint free core which gives it a beautiful oxidized orange finish to its 3mm thick all aluminum enclosure (no aluminum in the flow path) in either silver or black, the AX series delivers the perfect balance of looks and performance in the 120mm radiator department. With the optional matching stand, the AX series radiators have a lot more mounting options compared to your standard radiators. XS-PC offers the AX radiators in 120mm, 240mm, 360mm, and 480mm sizes and they all feature the standard 15mm fan spacing (except for the AX120). The AX240 retails for $79.99, and you can also get the optional stand for $24.95. More information regarding the AX series radiators can be found at http://www.xs-pc.com/radiators-ax-series/

Dimensions:
W-128mm X D-40mm X L-286mm
W-5.01” X D-1.58” X L-11.26”

Key Features:
3mm Thick Aluminium Frame (No aluminium in the flow path)
Copper and Brass Core
Paint Free Core
Chrome Plated G1/4″ Ports
RoHS Compliant
Dimensions: 128 x 40 x 286mm (WxDxH) (46mm at ports)
Weight: ~ 867g
Screws: 6-32 UNC
Fans: 2 x 120mm (4x with push/pull)
– See more at: http://www.xs-pc.com/radiators-ax-series/ax240-dual-fan-radiator-silver#sthash.VsRjIftP.dpuf

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36 thoughts on “XS-PC AX240 Radiator Review

  1. Very cool how the core is removable and will definitely make painting the housing much easier for modders. Looks like the chrome fittings thread into G1/4 holes in the core as well so a lower profile fitting installation is probably possible without the extensions (if you have a small enough fitting).

  2. When we got the 1st batch of these in at work last year prior to official release, when I Crap or Not’d them my only real gripe was the size of the core itself.  Had they made it more in the range of the RX series or even thicker, I would’ve been totally stoked.  But that’s just personal preference.  For a typical w/c build, they work just fine.  And I love the sprayed copper core on the silver models.  :)
     
    Awesome review, Jesse!

  3. When we got the 1st batch of these in at work last year prior to official release, when I Crap or Not’d them my only real gripe was the size of the core itself.  Had they made it more in the range of the RX series or even thicker, I would’ve been totally stoked.  But that’s just personal preference.  For a typical w/c build, they work just fine.  And I love the sprayed copper core on the silver models.  :)
     
    Awesome review, Jesse!

     
    I totally agree with you on that point, and I guess that can be a con for the AX series. I would love to see XSPC take this design and come up with more sizes.

  4. Nice review Jesse. That really is a great looking radiator and as others have said being able to remove the core is a great feature for painting or whatever else someone might have in mind. I know I wish the core on my rads were removable for when I painted them. Would have made things much easier.

  5. I gotta say it again- There’s probably a market for a matching aluminum enclosure for the fans. in fact, try to stuff a stock fan in one of these without modding it.:D
    -Dimensions of the naked core for SFF monkeys would be good too.

  6. But why didn’t they had any black with copper finned rads…. :(

     
    I personally think the Silver ones are for people who want to give their rad the look they want. Notice how on the silver ones you barely even see the XSPC logo.  

  7. The black AX series has the cores painted black as well contrary to how the Silver ones are produced.  Looks like if you want the unpainted core, you would be better off buying the Silver edition and painting the housing yourself which is still a viable option.

  8. The paint will add layer of insulation to the surface, effecting the heat transfer. …as to what degree exactly, depends on the paint and how thick the layers are… I wouldn’t do it personally, but some of the manufacturers do add a thin layer of paint to their cores, to prevent corrosion

  9. ummm..What ever the complaints may be… I saw the picture from the start page and sh@t a Johnny wad, couldn’t see to read after that, I’m blind!

  10. The fans used for the test are optimized for air flow, what you should use instead ar fans optimized for static pressure.

     
    I plan on updating the review with comparisons to other 240 rads, I also have some AP 15s coming in and will be using those.

  11. I plan on updating the review with comparisons to other 240 rads, I also have some AP 15s coming in and will be using those.

    Awesome.

  12. Great review jesse very thorough . I like what swiftech have done with this particular water block in making it a more easily customised to the individual. I would really consider this……

  13. Good review, man. 
     
    I’ve had the pleasure of looking at a few of these in the recent past for mods on the edge-plates at work.  I like the direction they’ve gone for designs.

  14. Great job Jesse.  Comes to my attention that the flow rate is stifled because of the cooling fins spacing.  But, on the other hand, it did drop the temps considerable. 

  15. Great job Jesse.  Comes to my attention that the flow rate is stifled because of the cooling fins spacing.  But, on the other hand, it did drop the temps considerable. 

     
    Yes, they do take the flow down, and if someone had more than one of these bad boys in a loop, I would recommend going with a parallel loop. 

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