One brother sumo wrestles.
The other is a slim boxer.
Who wins? Zat is ze question. And zat is essentially what we’re staring down here in this bro-on-bro match-up between Test X180 vs. Test X180 Ignite. The former is all about bulking. The latter: Getting CUT.
Considering that we’ll probably never see this play out in real life, this is perhaps the closest we’ll get to resolving ze ancient question. Let’s get to it:
Tale of the Tape
Test X180 Ignite
|Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol)||200 IU (50% DV)||Manliness Ignition Matrix||400 mg|
|Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl)||2 mg (100% DV)||Testofen® Fenugreek Seed Extract (standardized to contain min. 50% fenusides), Green Tea Leaf Extract (standardized to 90% polyphenols), Avena Sativa Extract (aerials) (10:1), Horny Goat Weed Extract (Epimedium Grandiflorum) (aerial/leaf) (20:1)|
|Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)||10 mcg (167% DV)||Fat Incineration Complex||400 mg|
|Growth Enhancement Matrix||400 mg||Green Tea Leaf Extract (standardized to contain min. 45% EGCG), Caffeine Anhydrous, Green Coffee Extract (Coffea robusta) (bean), White Tea Extract|
|Testofen®, Siberian Ginseng [(Eleutherococcus senticosus) (root extract) (min 0.8% B&E eleutherosides)], Panax Ginseng [(root extract) (30% total ginsenosides)], Cordyceps sinensis (7% cordycepic acid), Tribulus terrestris (fruit)|
|*These are not full supplement facts, just a comparison of dosages & ingredients.|
Round 1: Formulas
Either way you look at it: Force Factor wins this match-up.
Technically, Force Factor loses this match-up as well, regardless of which formula wins—but what we’re more concerned with is how to get YOU, the consumer, the best Force Factor has to offer.
Let’s start with the standard Test X180 formula:
Test X180 pumps up the sex & some T.
Testofen, Ginseng, Tribulus… You know what these all have in common?
They pump up the jam: Straight sexual & athletic enhancement there, baby.
Which we’re always down for, especially when the enhancements are coming from these awesome research-backed herbs. But what we’re more concerned with is Do these ingredients boost testosterone? Check it:
- Of all the ingredients, Testofen (Fenugreek) shows the most T-boosting promise. Granted, it’s more sex-enhancer than T-booster, but its bio-activity is still valuable to the weightlifting doods. Cordyceps also shows T-boosting potential, but Ginseng & Tribulus do not. They’re simply good for male health.
Aside from the herbs & caterpillar fungus (Cordyceps), Test X180 also has one of our top B5 Favorites: Vitamin D. Which is a solid T-boosting vitamin if you’re deficient in vitamin D (many of us are).
Test X180 Ignite ignites manliness & fat (but mostly fat).
The only similarity between Test X180 & Test X180 Ignite is Testofen. Everything else in the Test X180 Ignite formula is different… Which sort of has us wondering why Test X180 Ignite keeps the Test X180 name—but, whatever, that’s not important.
What’s important is How does Test X180 Ignite replace Test X180’s T-boosts?
For the most part: It doesn’t.
The one T-booster outside of Testofen contained in this formula is Avena Sativa (Oatstraw), which isn’t a bad T-booster, but seems more valuable for its relaxing nootropic benefits.
And speaking of “nootropic benefits,” the fat-burners used in this formula to accomplish the “Ignite” aspect of Test X180 Ignite are largely derived from Green Tea & Coffee (i.e. Caffeine)—two notable nootropics with additional fat-burning potential.
On the fat-burning scale, Green Tea Extract & Caffeine sit within the “Excellent” region—earning them the #1 & #2 spots respectively on our BIG LIST of Fat-Burners. In terms of male health, these aren’t bad additions, considering that they may give users a slight mental performance advantage in the gym… but, in the big picture, they seem to be detracting from T-boosts, which are ultimately more important to male health.
While we dig the experimental design happening here, we have to side with Test X180’s standard T-booster formula for actually boosting T.
Round 1… Test X180 Wins.
Round 2: Dosages
Two words that we hate to see together: Proprietary Blend.
Because when a formula resorts to prop blends, the consumers are given less of an idea of what’s actually in the formula. Which is annoying as F***!
Both Test X180s resort to prop blends, but Test X180 Ignite does even more resorting than its predecessor by trapping its entire formula in two blends vs Test X180’s one. And admittedly, for how many ingredients are in each blend, they’re all looking sort of… meh. Even the ingredients that Test X180 does show (the vitamins) seem under-dosed, which makes Vitamin D seem like a pretty big missed opportunity.
All the same, we’re siding with Test X180 again over Test X180 Ignite because at least it’s more upfront with its dosages (even if they suck).
Round 2… Test X180 Wins.
Round 3: Ingredient Quality
Alright, brownie points time:
If the last two rounds were any indication, neither of these formulas are that great. At the least, it’s safe to say that they’re far from our 2016 ed. Best 5 Testosterone Supplements.
But at least these formulas get one thing right: Ingredient Quality.
While we don’t know the exact dosages going into each individual ingredient, we’re at least shown that the herbal extracts are in top order: Fenugreek’s branded Testofen extract, Ginseng’s standardized extracts, Avena Sativa’s 10:1 potency, etc. etc. This is some potent-ass shit and definitely makes up for the weak dosages discussed in the previous round.
For that, we’re giving this win to the manufacturers.
Round 3… Tied.
Round 4: Price
|Test X180||VS.||Test X180 Ignite|
|1 Bottle (30-day supply)||$69.99||1 Bottle (30-day supply)||$79.99|
|Price Per Capsule||$1.17||Price Per Capsule||$0.67|
|Price Per Serving||$1.17||Price Per Serving||$1.33|
Round 4… Test X180 Wins.
Round 5: JUDGEMENT
Count ‘em: Three wins for Test X180 and a tie for Ingredient Quality.
So stick with the standard Test X180 over the experimental fat-burning T-booster, right?
Sure, if you’re buying Force Factor T-boosts, you’ll want their OG Test X180… But, this brings us to our last point: Are you sure you want to buy from Force Factor?
For one: Their T-boosts are average at best. Nowhere near the ball-dropping power of the best T-boosters.
For two: According to many disgruntled Force Factor customers, these manufacturers are sort of shady. We’re talking auto-shipment scamming, fraudulent credit card charges, false free trial offers… All of that skeazy Internet shit you’ve been hearing of lately with regards to ordering “bad” supplements online.
Our take: Until Force Factor cuts the shit, neither of their formulas are worth the risk. But if you’re willing to stick your neck out a bit, then we say go for the formula that actually boosts T.