All In One CPU Liquid Cooling Unit Thread

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Maplehamwich, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. Maplehamwich

    Maplehamwich [H]ard|Gawd

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    Introduction​

    So, I've been looking at getting an All-In-One H20 CPU Cooler for quite a while. A few years at least. Over time I've seen many reviews but have failed to find a comprehensive amalgamation of the data. So, I'm taking it upon myself to corral as many of the reviews as I can, into this thread. I'll try to breakdown the list in a logical way here.

    The goal of this thread is to help people like me who are looking for information on All In One Watercooling Units, and who would like to have a simple place where they can reference many reviews. It will focus on current coolers and be a constant work in progress.

    All In One Cooling Unit Alphabetical Listing​


    Antec
    Kuhler H20 620
    Kuhler H20 920

    Cooler Master
    Eisberg 120L Prestige
    Eisberg 240L Prestige
    Seidon 120M
    Seidon 120XL
    Seidon 240M

    Corsair
    Hydro Series H55 Quiet CPU Cooler
    Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    Hydro Series H80i High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    Hydro Series H90 140mm High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance CPU Cooler
    Hydro Series H110 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

    NZXT
    Kraken X40
    Kraken X60

    Silverstone
    Tundra TD02
    Tundra TD03

    Swiftech
    H220 CPU Liquid Cooling Kit (requires top up every 3+ years)
    H320 CPU Liquid Cooling Kit (requires top up every 3+ years)

    Thermaltake
    Water 2.0 Performer
    Water 2.0 Pro
    Water 2.0 Extreme
    Water 3.0 Performer
    Water 3.0 Pro
    Water 3.0 Extreme

    Zalman
    Reserator 3 Max
    LQ320
    LQ315
    LQ310
    CNPS20LQ
     
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  2. Maplehamwich

    Maplehamwich [H]ard|Gawd

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    Review Listings​


    Antec

    Cooler Master

    Corsair
    Hydro Series H55 Quiet CPU Cooler
    HardOCP
    Hardware Heaven

    Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    HardOCP

    Hydro Series H80i High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    HardOCP
    Anandtech
    Hardware Canucks
    Hardware Secrets
    XBit Labs
    Kit Guru

    Hydro Series H90 140mm High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    HardOCP
    TechPowerUp
    Tom's Hardware
    Anandtech
    TweakTown
    GURU3D
    Hardware Canucks
    Hardware Secrets
    Overclocker's Club
    Kit Guru

    Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance CPU Cooler
    HardOCP
    Tom's Hardware
    Anandtech
    Guru3D
    Vortez
    Hardware Canucks
    Hardware Secrets
    XBit Labs
    Kit Guru

    Hydro Series H110 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    HardOCP
    TechPowerUp
    Anandtech
    TweakTown
    GURU3D
    Hardware Canucks
    Hardware Secrets
    Overclocker'sClub
    Hardware Heaven
    Kit Guru

    NZXT

    Silverstone
    TD03
    HardOCP

    TD02
    HardOCP

    Swiftech
    H220 CPU Liquid Cooling Kit
    Anandtech
    Tweaktown
    XBit Labs


    H320 CPU Liquid Cooling Kit
    Erodov

    Thermaltake

    Zalman
    Reserator 3 Max
    No Reviews Found

    LQ310
    Hardware Secrets
    XBit Labs

    LQ315
    Hardware Secrets
    XBit Labs

    LQ320
    Tom's Hardware
    Hardware Secrets
    XBit Labs

    CNPS20LQ
    No Reviews Found
     
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  3. Maplehamwich

    Maplehamwich [H]ard|Gawd

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    Averaged Review Scores and Recommendations​


    - Reviews are adjusted to a 10 point scale and averaged over the total of scored reviews.
    - Where no score is given, recommendation is listed


    Antec
    Kuhler H20 620
    Meta Score: 8.97/10
    -5 Scored Reviews
    -8 Non-Scored Reviews
    -13 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - HardOCP: Silver award if bought for less than $80
    - Tom's Hardware: Better off buying a Corsair H80 after aftermarket fan consideration
    - Vortez: Better off with an Air Cooler
    - Legit Reviews: A Nice unit
    - Hardware Secrets: Better off with an Air Cooler
    - Overclocker's Club: Gold Award
    - XBit Labs: Better off with an Air Cooler
    - Silent PC Review: Better off with and Air Cooler


    Kuhler H20 920
    Meta Score: 9.15/10
    - 3 Scored Reviews
    - 8 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 11 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - HardOCP: Gold Award
    - Tom's Hardware: No Comment On Cooler
    - Vortez: Silver Award
    - Legit Reviews: Editor's Choice Award but unit is noisy
    - Hardware Secrets: Gold Award but unit is noisy
    - XBit Labs: Ultimate Innovation Award but unit is noisy
    - Silent PC Review: Better off with an Air Cooler
    - Hardware Heaven: No Comment On Cooler


    Cooler Master
    Eisberg 240L Prestige
    Meta Score: 9.5 /10
    - 1 Scored Reviews
    - 1 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 2 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - Guru3D: Recommended but noisy


    Seidon 120M
    Meta Score: 8.33/10
    - 3 Scored Reviews
    - 2 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 5 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - Vortez: An Average Cooler
    - Hardware Secrets: Bronze Award


    Seidon 120XL
    Meta Score: 8.5/10
    - 1 Scored Reviews
    - 1 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 2 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - Hardware Secrets: Gold Award


    Seidon 240M
    Meta Score: 9/10
    - 2 Scored Reviews
    - 6 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 8 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - Tom's Hardware: You're better off with an H100i (better performing) or Zalman LQ320 (better value).
    - Anandtech: The Seidon 240M is better than the H100i, but worse than the Swiftech H220.
    - Guru3D: Recommended and cooler is very quiet
    - Hardware Canucks: Dam Good Value Award
    - Hardware Secrets: Silver Award but loud at max fan speed
    - Silent PC Review: Better off with an air cooler


    Corsair
    Hydro Series H55 Quiet CPU Cooler
    Meta Score: 8/10
    - 1 Scored Reviews
    - 1 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 2 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - HardOCP: Better of with an air cooler

    Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    Meta Score: N/A /10
    - 0 Scored Reviews
    - 1 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 1 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - HardOCP: Better off with an air cooler

    Hydro Series H80i High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    Meta Score: 9.5 /10
    - 1 Scored Reviews
    - 5 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 6 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - HardOCP: Silver Award
    - Anandtech: Best 120mm cooler on the market
    - Hardware Canucks: Dam Good Award but H90 is more appealing at a cheaper price.
    - Hardware Secrets: Silver Award
    - XBit Labs: Better off with an air cooler


    Hydro Series H90 140mm High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    Meta Score: 8.8 /10
    - 3 Scored Reviews
    - 7 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 10 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - HardOCP: Gold Award
    - Tom's Hardware: Better off with Kraken X40
    - Anandtech: Better off with Kraken X40
    - Guru3D: Top Pick
    - Hardware Canucks: Better off with Kraken X40 or H80i
    - Hardware Secrets: Silver Award
    - Over Clocker's Club: Gold Award


    Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance CPU Cooler
    Meta Score: 9.5 /10
    - 1 Scored Reviews
    - 8 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 9 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - HardOCP: Gold Award
    - Tom's Hardware: Tom's Hardware Approved
    - Anantech: Ingore this review. The results are suspsicious.
    - Guru3D: Recommended
    - Vortez: Gold Award
    - Hardware Canucks: Dam Good Award
    - Hardware Secrets: Gold Award
    - XBit Labs: Recommended Buy


    Hydro Series H110 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    Meta Score: 8.925 /10
    - 4 Scored Reviews
    - 6 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 10 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - HardOCP: Silver Award
    - Anandtech: Preferrable to the Kraken X60
    - Guru3D: Top Pick
    - Hardware Canucks: Preferrable to the Kraken X60
    - Hardware Secrets: Gold Award
    - Over Clocker's Club: Gold Award

    NZXT
    Kraken X40
    Meta Score: 9.27/10
    - 3 Scored Reviews
    - 7 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 10 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - HardOCP: Gold Award
    - Tom's Hardware: Smart Buy Award
    - Anandtech: Better off with the H80i
    - Guru3D: Recommended but noisy
    - Hardware Canucks: Dam Good, Dam Innovative and Dam Good Value Awards
    - Hardware Secrets: Silver Award
    - Xbit Labs: The NZXT Kraken X40 would be just perfect if it had a copper radiator with two 140mm fans by default (and at its current price). Alas, this is hardly possible.


    Kraken X60
    Meta Score: 9.2/10
    - 2 Scored Reviews
    - 6 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 8 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - HardOCP: Corsair H110 and specifically H100i provide better value.
    - Anandtech: The best closed loop cooler you can find.
    - Guru3D: Recommended but noisy.
    - Hardware Canucks: Dam Good and Dam Innovative Awards.
    - Hardware Secrets: Gold Award
    - XBit Labs: Editors Choice Award and best mass production ready to go liquid cooling system.


    Silverstone
    Tundra TD03
    Meta Score: N/A /10
    - 0 Scored Reviews
    - 1 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 1 Total Reviews


    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - HardOCP - Silver Award

    Tundra TD02
    Meta Score: N/A /10
    - 0 Scored Reviews
    - 1 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 1 Total Reviews


    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - HardOCP - Silver Award


    Swiftech
    H220 CPU Liquid Cooling Kit
    Meta Score: 9.9/10
    - 1 Scored Reviews
    - 2 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 3 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - Anandtech: The Swiftech H220 is basically the cooler to get if you're in the market for a 240mm closed loop cooler
    - XBit Labs: Editor's Choice Award


    H320 CPU Liquid Cooling Kit
    Meta Score: N/A /10
    - 0 Scored Reviews
    - 1 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 1 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - Erodov: Recommended


    Thermaltake
    Water 2.0 Performer
    Meta Score: 9.4 /10
    - 1 Scored Reviews
    - 4 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 5 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - Legit Reviews: The Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer takes the all-in-one water cooling solution and delivers with exceptional cooling, ease of install, and excellent build quality.
    - Hardware Secrets: Gold Award
    - Overclocker's Club: Gold Award
    - XBit Labs: Better off with an air cooler


    Water 2.0 Pro
    Meta Score: 9.4 /10
    - 1 Scored Reviews
    - 5 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 6 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - Vortez: Silver Award
    - Legit Reviews: Recommended
    - Hardware Secrets: Gold Award
    - Overclocker's Club: Gold Award
    - XBit Labs: Better off with an air cooler


    Water 2.0 Extreme
    Meta Score: 9 /10
    - 2 Scored Reviews
    - 6 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 8 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - Hardware Secrets: Gold Award
    - TruePCGaming: If you are looking for affordable and easy water cooling, the Water 2.0 Extreme is a must-have.
    - eteknix: The bottom line is this product is an excellent acquisition if you have a Sandy Bridge-E, Sandy Bridge or Bulldozer/Piledriver platform where heat output is very high, it performs better than the competition on those platforms. However, on Ivy Bridge based LGA 1155 systems you will see very little difference between the cheaper Corsair H100i so it is not a recommendable purchase for Ivy Bridge – 3770K and 3570K users would be better served by other products
    - NeoSeeker: Recommended
    - OverClocker'sTech: Gold Award



    Water 3.0 Performer
    Meta Score: N/A /10
    - 0 Scored Reviews
    - 1 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 1 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - Anandtech: Better off with an air cooler


    Water 3.0 Pro
    Meta Score: N/A /10
    - 0 Scored Reviews
    - 1 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 1 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - Anandtech: Better off with an air cooler
    -


    Water 3.0 Extreme
    Meta Score: N/A /10
    - 0 Scored Reviews
    - 1 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 1 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - Anandtech: If you can't afford the Swiftech H220, and you don't have space for the NZXT Kraken X60, the Water 3.0 Extreme will be the next best thing. The NZXT Kraken X60 (or alternatively the Corsair H110) may prove to be the most ideal, but if you're on a budget and have the space to mount it, the Water 3.0 Extreme is the way to go.
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    Zalman
    LQ310
    Meta Score: N/A /10
    - 0 Scored Reviews
    - 2 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 2 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - Hardware Secrets: Gold Award
    - XBit Labs: Better off with an air cooler


    LQ315
    Meta Score: N/A /10
    - 0 Scored Reviews
    - 2 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 2 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - Hardware Secrets: Silver Award
    - XBit Labs: Better off with an air cooler


    LQ320
    Meta Score: N/A /10
    - 0 Scored Reviews
    - 3 Non-Scored Reviews
    - 3 Total Reviews

    Recommendations From Non-Scored Reviews
    - Tom's Hardware: Tom's Hardware Approved (but may be better served by air cooling)
    - Hardware Secrets: Silver Award
    - XBit Labs: Better off with an air cooler
     
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  4. Maplehamwich

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    Categorical Top Scorers

    - Break down by budget and enthusiast categories
    - Further break down by radiator size
    - Scores compared by Meta rating, number of reviews and overall recommendation outcome


    Budget
    120mm
    Antec Kuhler 620

    Enthusiast
    120mm
    Corsair Hydro H80i

    140mm
    NZXT Kraken X40

    240mm
    (Swiftech H220 for those who can get a hold of one)
    Corsair Hydro H100i

    280mm
    (Corsair H110 for those looking for a quieter solution)
    NZXT Kraken X60

    360mm
    Swiftech H320
     
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  5. jojo69

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    I think the Swiftech 220 and 320 are currently in patent limbo in the US
     
  6. Maplehamwich

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    Yes, it is for sure. Currently the Swiftech H220 is not available for purchase in the US. You may be able to import from other places though.

    I've updated more reviews. All but Thermaltake and Zalman are fairly well fleshed out now. I'll finish those two soon and get to work on amalgamating reviews in a sort of Metacritic style adjusted mean.
     
  7. ak47is1337

    ak47is1337 Limp Gawd

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    my personal recommendation for those looking to buy one of these:

    get the swiftech H220 if you can find it. although, that said, you will have to find someone to send it to you from abroad or get a pre-owned one.

    NOTE: for the swiftech unit, this is the first pump they built IN HOUSE, so like every great thing that is built the first time, it fails. so it has to be RMA'ed first...find someone who has already RMA'ed it and buy it second hand or the new replaced unit. the other water coolers don't compare, and it is probably the only one that doesn't use trash components that can't be upgraded. swiftech's pump is far more powerful, it uses standard tubing that doesn't kink or snap and it uses the exact same block from the apogee cpu blocks
     
  8. NukeDukem

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    I just recently purchased a Corsair H100i and it was a very simple installation. It's my first experience with water cooling and so far I am very pleased with the results!
     
  9. KazeoHin

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    Rocking a thermaltake Water 2.0 extreme on my 1100t @ 4.0ghz. I don't have to worry about temps, it keeps the chip cool as hell. I run black Antec fans on it as the included fans look REDICULOUS, but the whole setup is whisper quiet at idle through to about 45% load. The noise ramps up pretty damn quickly after that, but that was my choice: custom fan curve set up in the assetek software.

    I would suggest it, but the radiator is fat, and may not fit well into most cases without bumping up too close to the motherboard.
     
  10. SticKx911

    SticKx911 2[H]4U

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    Good thread, hope it gets complete!
     
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    Rhinohelix Limp Gawd

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    I am just starting to put together some final plans for a new build. Are there any good comparison reviews out there?
     
  12. surfhick

    surfhick Limp Gawd

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    HardOCP link for the Kuhler H2O 920 doesn't work. For me anyway.
     
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    I would also love to see any information about how much warranty support these different brands provide. I know Corsair took care of some people that had very rare "catastrophic failures" that destroyed some other components. Not sure how other manufacturers handle this kind of thing. I know its very rare, but if it happens and you are dealing with a dead MOBO or video card from your AIO cooler leaking, which companies cover that?
     
  14. Maplehamwich

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    Updated the reviews listing. All sections complete. Will work on the review score amalgamation next.

    RE: Round Ups - I would look at the HardOCP, Anandtech (though their Corsair scores are screwed), XBit, Hardware Secrets and Kit Guru reviews. They tend to have roundups, and at the very least they list the performance of the unit they are reviewing in reference to the units they have reviewed in the past. I would warn against buying based on solely one site's reviews, as there can be discrepancies in units, testing and results.

    For example: the Linus Tech Tips reviews, while nice on the surface show flaws in the data. Ex: Baseline temperatures are not adjusted for in the final results and sometimes the final temperature delta and baseline temperatures do not add up.

    RE: RMAs, Failures and Warranty - The scope of that research is far beyond what I would like to invest in this thread, but I highly encourage other users to tell us about their experiences! It's definitely good information.
     
  15. Maplehamwich

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    Double Post...

    Meta's updated fully.

    Categorical top scorers updated.
     
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  16. Phuncz

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    After reading some reviews and comparing data myself, this thread confirmed my problem choosing between the Corsair H100i and the Cooler Master 240M. Some reviewers say one is better than the other, other reviewers turn it around. Most probably I'll let the price and availability decide.
     
  17. Maplehamwich

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    Yeah, I think that is definitely the best way to do it. It really seems like fan choice, case airflow dynamics, component choice and ambient room temperature and airflow basically level the playing field for the top tier coolers. The best bet for most of us is to get the cooler (of the top rated group) that best fits your case, is readily available and priced well, then put some top quality fans on the radiator and optimize the airflow in the case.

    RE: The List.
    I'll continue filling out the data with more reviews over time, some of them are fairly rare though, so there are some that might not have good data. If any new coolers are released I'll try to implement them in a timely fashion.
     
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  18. Maplehamwich

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    Updated Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme reviews.
     
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    Minor correction, but the X60 is a 280mm, not 240mm.
     
  20. Maplehamwich

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    Right you are. Fixed.
    Updated with HardOCP Silverstone reviews.
     
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