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Monday, September 27, 2021
From: Prince Albert
This is an excellent AiO for the price. Probably the only competition in this price bracket is the Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer II 360. I've had this cooler a little over a year and it's cooled an overclocked 3700X and now a 5900X (not overclocked yet). I run a 100% all core load on my system 24/7 and my 5900X doesn't go beyond 66C in a room with an ambient temperature of 22C. Granted I've got a good case (Corsair 5000D Airflow) with plenty of airflow. Due to it's design, wiring is very simple. Fans all plug into a built in hub and then you have a single PWM connector to plug into your motherboard, also see weaknesses for this.
Well the first thing I'll mention is lack of RGB/ARGB which for some might Strength rather than a Weakness. Easily remedied with ARGB fans if you wish to add it, though this might make it a little more work to wire depending on your choice of fan. While we are talking about wiring, as I said in Strengths, it's very simple to wire. The con to that is your pump and fans are all controlled / monitored on a single fan controller. This means you see the RPM of your pump and not the fans, and they are controlled by that single connector. For those like like more granular control this might be a problem. Most water cooled systems run the pump at full speed at all temperatures and adjust fan speed based on temperature. Lastly the hoses aren't very long. This is good for cramped cases, but not great in a larger mid tower of full tower as it might seriously limit mounting options.
In my opinion, you won't find a better 360mm AiO at this price. The above mentioned Arctic Cooling AiO is a bit more at the time of writing this review. It's has a 360mm radiator so do your homework making sure it fits in your case in the desired location. If at all possible mount it at the top of your case as exhaust. You can mount it at the front of your case too, preferably with the hoses down, but the limiting factor may be the length of the hoses. DO NOT MOUNT THE RADIATOR AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CASE! As this could lead to premature pump failure as that makes the pump the highest point in the loop, thus air will accumulate there. Thanks Gamer's Nexus. You can't go wrong with this cooler if you have your heart set on a 360mm radiator. If your heart isn't set on a radiator this big, consider a 280mm AiO as it will give you nearly the same cooling performance with greater case compatibility.
Monday, December 9, 2019
Excellent cooling capacity. Simple but flexible. Simple case - you plug the one PWM cable from the pump into your mobo and the fans into the hub on the radiator. Or, you can plug the pump into your mobo and the fans into mobo fan headers (what I ended up doing) for more control.
The pre-applied thermal paste is absolutely horrible. My temps were very high and unstable with the pre-applied paste. When I removed the pump from the CPU there was barely any paste to clean off. Applying my own Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut paste dropped the temps by ~10° C during stress tests and made them much more stable.
I'm running this on a 16 core 3950x, and it keeps it between 32° ~ 40° C during normal tasks, and 64° C under stress test. Needless to say, I'm quite happy with those temps. I did opt to plug the fans into their own headers on the motherboard, so that I can keep the pump at a higher RPM without ramping the fans up. You will likely need fan extension cables if you wish to do that, as the fan cables are quite short.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Simplicity, if your looking for a AIO without all the cable clutter, look no further. I am getting under 70° C with my i7-6950x OC @ 4.4GHz on all 10 cores. Although I am using IWIN Polaris fans in push pill configuration. Fits nicely in my IWIN 509 case.
Included fans suck. The expandable feature isn't really practical. Tubes need to be shorter or more flexible.
If you want a inexpensive simplistic AIO cooler that can keep up with the big daddy AIO, look no further. With a simple upgrade such as the INWIN Polaris RGB fans your cable clutter in near gone. This was the last piece of a very expensive puzzle.