Q&A

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What is an all-in-one liq­uid cooler?

These coolers of­fer the ba­sic prop­er­ties of liq­uid cool­ing but in a self-con­tained unit. A CPU/wa­ter block mounts to the CPU while a pair of pipes feed wa­ter to and from a ra­di­a­tor where the heat is drawn out from the liq­uid.

Which CPUs do liq­uid coolers sup­port?

All of the coolers on test sup­port all AMD Ryzen and In­tel socket 1151 CPUs. They’re also com­pat­i­ble with all In­tel 2066/2011 CPUs, but some wouldn’t be rec­om­mended for use with the most pow­er­ful pro­ces­sors in those line­ups as they sim­ply don’t have the cool­ing power.

Do they need fill­ing?

These coolers ship pre­filled and most are never meant to be re­filled. How­ever, some do in­clude a means of emp­ty­ing and re­fill­ing the coolers.

How much bet­ter are they?

For ref­er­ence, we also tested our 1800X with AMD’s Wraith Max cooler and it hit 75°C in silent mode and 70°C in stan­dard mode.

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