Review EK AIO Elite 360 D-RGB Review: Tasteful Sophistication, With Six Fans

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More and more AIO's. Must be big profits in keeping the Devs pushing these into the market with new announcements daily. But almost everybody now has one or has been scared into buying one. Coming soon: It appears that the Alder Lake CPU has a more rectangular shape with exact dimensions of 37.5 x 45.0mm whereas the existing 10th gen CPU's with the square-shaped package feature dimensions are a perfect square (37.5 x 37.5). The new dimensions would mean that Alder Lake CPUs and all future CPUs would no longer be compatible with the existing socket layouts. But with my 3-year old water pump now making noises I do need a new AIO and have been eyeing the EKWB Slovenian company. It seems that with Intel changing the actual chip size in late 2021 that no present AIO's will fit, then cover the new CPU footprint or actually being unable to adequately cool the new generation of CPU's? So perhaps a "cheap" air-cooler may need buying to tie me over and to not winding up with an expense AIO that essentially is obsolete in less then 1-year. Or it holding me hostage in upgrading my Mobo for some time to come? And most certainly I would want get at least 3-5 years out of a new "jumbo AIO" and with prices now going onto and over $300. The Deal: "Go big or go home. We will give you the LED to show you the way. Let's be extra cool it's all for your protection." Thoughts?
 
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nofanneeded

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A small hint to EK, which is better ? double the fans or doubling the thickness of the radiator ?

The answer is : Double the Radiator is better . that more thickness is wasted.
 

PlanesFly

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A small hint to EK, which is better ? double the fans or doubling the thickness of the radiator ?

The answer is : Double the Radiator is better . that more thickness is wasted.
What you neglected to reason out is that 50-60mm radiators need push/pull to work best. Thick radiators also require higher airflow to get the benefit as they are 2 pass and without elevated airflow the 2nd pass nets you little.
 

nofanneeded

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What you neglected to reason out is that 50-60mm radiators need push/pull to work best. Thick radiators also require higher airflow to get the benefit as they are 2 pass and without elevated airflow the 2nd pass nets you little.
True but thats for optimal result . it is still better result with double thick Radiator VS push pull fans and half the radiator.
 
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Wonder why it performance is a bit better than the other aios, It has 3 extra fans for god sake! this just proves that all aios perform the same it just depends what fans you put on it
 

Phaaze88

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Well, that's a waste.

Surely the manufacturers/engineers know what's holding back performance on hybrid coolers isn't moar fans and moar radiator, but what's on the other end?
¯\(ツ)
 

Darkbreeze

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What you neglected to reason out is that 50-60mm radiators need push/pull to work best. Thick radiators also require higher airflow to get the benefit as they are 2 pass and without elevated airflow the 2nd pass nets you little.
Not higher "airflow" but higher static pressure. You can put fans with 200CFM on there, but if they have .098mm H20 static pressure, they aren't going to do much. In fact, they'll probably do a lot of stalling and suffer from major inversion leakage. A fan with 70CFM and a 2.5mm H20 static pressure however, will likely handle the thicker radiator, or heatsink, just fine.

With 3.16mm H20 static pressure, those 120mm Vardar 120ER RGB fans can likely push their 77CFM through a thicker radiator just fine. Or this radiator for that matter. I'd like to see the same tests done again with ONLY the front three fans installed, to compare the difference. I imagine there isn't a terrific difference, maybe 1-5°C, which makes the cost of the additional three fans that are tacked onto the price of this unit somewhat hard to swallow. Barring some astounding different in performance between a three fan setup compared to six, I'd prefer to see them take the cost of three fans off and sell the unit as is or as mentioned, maybe with a thicker radiator. Those fans have plenty of static pressure and CFM to handle it I think.

It would also be a heck of a lot quieter with only three fans running full out, rather than six.
 
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