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Review Lian Li Galahad AIO 240 Review: Performance and Style Meets Affordability

cma6

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Excellent review from Garrett Carver. However, he needs to address this question: Does this cooler support AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3 3970X?

"The Lian Li Galahad AIO 240 arrives ready to support the majority of current CPU sockets." While HSF coolers all come with extended base plates to ensure maximum contact with the CPU's IHS, most AIO coolers haven’t made that step yet, and still use circular cold plates that leave the edges of the IHS exposed. AIO coolers available for Threadripper CPUs therefore aren’t cooling as efficiently as they could, allowing the HSF coolers to match (and even exceed) their performance.
 

Makaveli

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Excellent review from Garrett Carver. However, he needs to address this question: Does this cooler support AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3 3970X?

"The Lian Li Galahad AIO 240 arrives ready to support the majority of current CPU sockets." While HSF coolers all come with extended base plates to ensure maximum contact with the CPU's IHS, most AIO coolers haven’t made that step yet, and still use circular cold plates that leave the edges of the IHS exposed. AIO coolers available for Threadripper CPUs therefore aren’t cooling as efficiently as they could, allowing the HSF coolers to match (and even exceed) their performance.
I would expect one would go 280 or 360 on a Threadripper build over a 240 for less noise and better performance.
 

rubix_1011

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Excellent review from Garrett Carver. However, he needs to address this question: Does this cooler support AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3 3970X?

"The Lian Li Galahad AIO 240 arrives ready to support the majority of current CPU sockets." While HSF coolers all come with extended base plates to ensure maximum contact with the CPU's IHS, most AIO coolers haven’t made that step yet, and still use circular cold plates that leave the edges of the IHS exposed. AIO coolers available for Threadripper CPUs therefore aren’t cooling as efficiently as they could, allowing the HSF coolers to match (and even exceed) their performance.
It's covered in the details of the cooler:

Intel Sockets775,115X, 1200, 1366, 2011x, 2066
AMD SocketsAM2, AM3, AM4, FM1, FM2


The answer is that no, it does not support TR4 or TRX4 (which are identical in mounting size, but not electrical/socket support), which is why it isn't explicitly discussed as part of the narrative.
 

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Does anyone know what the lowest temp that is possible with water cooling? it would seem with the closeness of the numbers, that they are close to the maximum that is possible.
At what point is comparing cooling irrelevant?
pre-chilling the water would be better, but if the cooling block is at it max then even cooling the water would make little difference.
 

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"The Galahad pump makes use of a 4-pin PWM header, which can be managed with a pump curve from your motherboard or operate full-time at 100% via the included SATA power cable. "

This is not true... the Galahad visibly has a 3-pin DC power connector for its pump.
 

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