OC3D 2020 CPU Cooler Roundup

Retested CPU Coolers - All-in-One Liquid Coolers

OC3D 2020 CPU Cooler Roundup

Alphacool Eisbaer Aurora 360

Alphacool is one of the few suppliers of pre-filled liquid coolers that designs and manufactures its products in-house, refusing to use OEMs like CoolIT and Asetek to create its Closed-Loop Liquid Coolers. 

Today we will be testing Alphacool's Eisbaer Aurora 360, the largest cooler CLC that Alphacool currently supplies. The question now is how will this cooler perform when compared to competing 360mm AIO liquid coolers. 

OC3D 2020 CPU Cooler Roundup


ROG Ryou 240mm 

Acting as the ASUS-made counterpart of Gigabyte's Aorus AIO series is the ROG Ryuo 240, an Asetek-made AIO which offers similar specifications to Gigabyte's offering. The primary difference here is ASUS' fan, making fan-selection an important comparison point between these units. 


ASUS ROG Ryuo 240 and Ryujin 360 AIO Liquid Cooler Review

 
Cooler Master ML240R RGB & ML360R RGB

Cooler Master's Masterliquid MLxxxR series sits on the affordable side of the CLC market, with price tags of £80 and £120 respectively for the unit's dual-fan 240mm model and triple-fan 360mm model. 

This question today is how well these coolers will compete with more premium all-in-one coolers of the same size. Does radiator size matter, or does what you do with your radiator size matter? 

CoolerMaster MasterLiquid  ML240R RGB Review

 
Corsair H100i/H115i/H150i RGB Pro XT

Corsair's original H100 is the CPU cooler which first popularised pre-filled liquid cooling, forever changing the heatsink market. Now, Closed-Loop liquid Coolers are the norm, and Corsair's Hydro series of liquid coolers continually has changed and evolved to deliver increased cooling performance and higher-end features.  

It was only right to test Corsair's latest liquid coolers in our CPU cooling roundup. 

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Most Recent Comments

08-04-2020, 14:10:30

AlienALX
Great test. Surprised to see the Noctua so low down tbh.Quote

08-04-2020, 14:14:34

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Great test. Surprised to see the Noctua so low down tbh.
Remember that we have a lot of AIOs in there, and loads of 360mm models.

It's doing very well, especially at low fan RPMs. Very impressed TBH.Quote

08-04-2020, 14:25:45

Jaxel
I use a Cooler Master ML240 in one of my PCs... I would not recommend this cooler to anyone. It cools fine. But every few minutes or so, it gurgles.

I also do not recommend most other AIO coolers either. I 3D print a lot of cases, and what I noticed is that for a lot of these coolers, the tolerances on the actual radiator are complete garbage. The holes are not always exact. If you have a case which has variable hole spaces, they should work fine. But if you have cases which expect holes to be exactly 105mm apart, and they are 103mm or 107mm apart instead, you will have problems.

The best tolerances on radiators I have seen are from Deepcool GamerStorm. I highly recommend the GamerStorm Castle 360EX.Quote

08-04-2020, 15:32:37

AngryGoldfish
I'm impressed at how comparable the 280mm Celsius+ is to the 360mm. Given the £30 price difference, if my case could fit the 280mm rad, I'd just go with that.

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Originally Posted by Jaxel View Post
I use a Cooler Master ML240 in one of my PCs... I would not recommend this cooler to anyone. It cools fine. But every few minutes or so, it gurgles.

I also do not recommend most other AIO coolers either. I 3D print a lot of cases, and what I noticed is that for a lot of these coolers, the tolerances on the actual radiator are complete garbage. The holes are not always exact. If you have a case which has variable hole spaces, they should work fine. But if you have cases which expect holes to be exactly 105mm apart, and they are 103mm or 107mm apart instead, you will have problems.

The best tolerances on radiators I have seen are from Deepcool GamerStorm. I highly recommend the GamerStorm Castle 360EX.
In fairness, the ML240 is over two years old now. In that time pumps have improved substantially in terms of quietness. I jumped aboard AIO's a few years ago and found them to be obnoxiously noisy. I moved back to air cooling and have been very happy. But since then Asetek have released a few iterations that across the board have improved noise levels. If I were building a new system, I'd consider an AIO again.Quote

08-04-2020, 15:36:43

AlienALX
Oddly AMD recommend a 280 for Ryzen 3900x and 3950x. Maybe they have just had more R&D recently? IDK.Quote
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