It’s been nearly a month since I upgraded my Octavius Maximus Build to a liquid cooling build, featuring Thermaltake’s Water 3.0 240mm ARGB AIO. It features an addressable RGB on the fans cooling the radiator as well as the pump that is compatible with the Asus Aura Sync on the motherboard. This allows a me to integrate and synchronised the RGB effects from my motherboard, RAM, and AIO.
So what is my take on the AIO?
It’s fantastic. I finally get to appreciate how quiet AIOs can be whether or not the CPU is under full load. I was previously using the stock AMD cooler that came with the Ryzen 2700x, and while it performed admirably, it can be a tad noisy at full load. The AIO is whisper quiet. And while I can hear the fans ramping up when the CPU is at full load, it is still far quieter than the stock cooler.
The AIO also cooled the CPU better than the stock cooler. My CPU rarely went above 75C at extreme workloads. For gaming, it never went past 68C. It is simply amazing. I mentioned previously that the reason why I bought this particular AIO is how easy it is to install on an AMD system. It makes use of the current CPU bracket preinstalled on all AMD motherboards, doing away with removing it and installing custom brackets for the pump. This makes installing so easy and quick.
My PC rig looks great, even better if I dare say so after replacing the chunky stock air cooler with an AIO. Overall, I am a very happy AIO customer and sort of a convert when it comes to investing a little bit extra for an AIO build. While the cooling capabilities are nothing to gloat about (some air coolers can do a better jobs than most AIOs). At least it is quieter and aesthetically more pleasing that a traditional air cooler.