Arctic Liquid Freezer AIO 240mm AIO cooler (with 4 fans - Asetek gen 5) £67 @ AWD-IT
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Arctic Liquid Freezer AIO 240mm AIO cooler (with 4 fans - Asetek gen 5) £67 @ AWD-IT

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Found 25th May 2017
There's a lot of movement in the AIO market at the moment with the likes of NZXT, Corsair, Fractal etc all getting in on the action.

What most people don't seem to realise is that all these types of AIO (with a couple of exceptions) are made by Asetek (who have a patent on the design).
If it's a "puck" waterblock+pump, 2 hoses and a radiator, chances are it's an Asetek design with some rebranding.

The performance of all these AIO's is basically the same (minus some small differences for fans included) as can be seen here:
eteknix.com/arc…/5/

The above review shows this particular cooler outperforming most of the rest of the field (@240mm). Considering the price of most of these units is a long way north of £100, this particular unit, at this price, is rather special (unless one wants/needs RGB rainbows plastered all over everything).

The 360mm Arctic unit can generally be found at prices still cheaper than most of the 240mm from the "big names".

To say it again, these ARE all the same. Link here for proof: asetek.com/des…lf/

For anyone who'd prefer. The same unit can be had from Amazon for £72:
amazon.co.uk/gp/…B78

Do also be aware that twice the fans (even ditching 2 would give fairly equal performance) requires quite a bit more space. Generally about another 25mm of height/depth depending on orientation.
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I prefer Corsair due to their warranty of if it leaks and damages your components, we will replace them if it was our fault. They are known for this and still do it.
Arctic have been in the coolers market longer than Corsair. I'm a big fan of Corsair, don't get me wrong at all. Just pointing out a perfectly good alternative.
Arctic warranty: 2 years. Corsair: 5 years, just so everyone is well informed

I'm running a 2nd hand Corsair and an unbranded Asetek Gen 5 myself. No particular bias. I just find the "BEST 240mm EVER!" type stuff being tossed around for the newest gimmick-filled model rather tedious when they're all basically the same thing
Edited by: "mercutio98uk" 25th May 2017
mercutio98uk

Arctic have been in the coolers market longer than Corsair. I'm a big fan … Arctic have been in the coolers market longer than Corsair. I'm a big fan of Corsair, don't get me wrong at all. Just pointing out a perfectly good alternative. Arctic warranty: 2 years. Corsair: 5 years, just so everyone is well informed :)I'm running a 2nd hand Corsair and an unbranded Asetek Gen 5 myself. No particular bias. I just find the "BEST 240mm EVER!" type stuff being tossed around for the newest gimmick-filled model rather tedious when they're all basically the same thing




Never said it wasn't good!

I said the fact they will cover damaged components if a leak occurs, is good.
Aye, definitely a good additional step.

Also with fractals new entry it's possible to upgrade your way to a full custom loop reusing parts from their AIO. That, for me, beats any of the other gimmicks on competing designs
Closed loop coolers are poor value to begin with, so if you're paying the extra you may as well go for the brand that opts for all the options when buying from asetek and backs it up with a good warranty.
ritchiedrama

I prefer Corsair due to their warranty of if it leaks and damages your … I prefer Corsair due to their warranty of if it leaks and damages your components, we will replace them if it was our fault. They are known for this and still do it.


What you will replace it? Very kind.
powerbrick

What you will replace it? Very kind.



good guy
Heat from me, bought couple month back from amazon fot about 77. Using it on my i7 7700k @ 4.8ghz with temps around 60-65 while gaming and 20-30 on idle- fan speeds no more than 50% and runs pretty quite
Screaming hot deal. Heat added.
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ritchiedrama

I prefer Corsair due to their warranty of if it leaks and damages your … I prefer Corsair due to their warranty of if it leaks and damages your components, we will replace them if it was our fault.



Corsair would never admit it was there fault there support is appalling.
garybb

Corsair would never admit it was there fault there support is appalling. … Corsair would never admit it was there fault there support is appalling.



Been great for me and others.
Would this be a better bet than my current Seidon 240v on an i7 7700k? I'm not entirely happy with the way temps jump when the load rises...
Undergrid

Would this be a better bet than my current Seidon 240v on an i7 7700k? … Would this be a better bet than my current Seidon 240v on an i7 7700k? I'm not entirely happy with the way temps jump when the load rises...



A jump in load temperatures is.... pretty expected. Compare it to the load on the coolers in reviews. Be aware in many reviews they talk about the delta temperature which is basically showing how far above ambient temperatures it was/is.
If it's in the realms of: 24c ambient, 30c idle, 50c load - that's quite normal/expected. VERY good thermal paste might get you a couple of degrees back (at most unless you're using mayonnaise or something ). Improving your general airflow through your case will help too.
HWmonitor by CPUID gives a bunch of useful info (you sound to already have sources but... comparisons might help) regarding temperatures/voltages/etc.
Edited by: "mercutio98uk" 26th May 2017
willyzippy89

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Yup, sadly there looks to have only been a couple left there. The Amazon price of around £5 more is still a VERY reasonable price for a good AIO.
A minor point to be aware of...
Those with Ryzen based systems, these aren't yet AM4 compatible. It only requires a simple, cheap mounting kit though. Google for "Asetek Liquid Cooler AMD AM4 Retention Ring Kit". Should cost you less than a fiver.
mercutio98uk

A jump in load temperatures is.... pretty expected. Compare it to the … A jump in load temperatures is.... pretty expected. Compare it to the load on the coolers in reviews. Be aware in many reviews they talk about the delta temperature which is basically showing how far above ambient temperatures it was/is. If it's in the realms of: 24c ambient, 30c idle, 50c load - that's quite normal/expected. VERY good thermal paste might get you a couple of degrees back (at most unless you're using mayonnaise or something ). Improving your general airflow through your case will help too. HWmonitor by CPUID gives a bunch of useful info (you sound to already have sources but... comparisons might help) regarding temperatures/voltages/etc.



It's not so much the jump in temps itself, but how it jumps. With an AIO I'd expect an initial increase (smaller than you'd get in an air cooler) and then an increase over time until you reach a stability point somewhere between 30 and 60 mins after starting. That's what I've seen with other AIO's but not with the 240v.

It jumps, more or less immediately, to the point at which it should stabilise much later. That's the sort of behaviour I'd expect from a copper air cooler not an liquid based AIO. To be fair the temps aren't bad, hovering around 70 with spikes to just under 80 running Aida 64's CPU stress test, but it's just odd behaviour.
Edited by: "Undergrid" 26th May 2017
My i7 7700k still jusmp/spike and sounds like that is normal. Arctic sent me out a am4 mounting bracket fot free, I just went to their site and completed a form in 5mins, thought best get it at the time as hadn't decided on ryzen or i7
Undergrid

It's not so much the jump in temps itself, but how it jumps. With an AIO … It's not so much the jump in temps itself, but how it jumps. With an AIO I'd expect an initial increase (smaller than you'd get in an air cooler) and then an increase over time until you reach a stability point somewhere between 30 and 60 mins after starting. That's what I've seen with other AIO's but not with the 240v.It jumps, more or less immediately, to the point at which it should stabilise much later. That's the sort of behaviour I'd expect from a copper air cooler not an liquid based AIO. To be fair the temps aren't bad, hovering around 70 with spikes to just under 80 running Aida 64's CPU stress test, but it's just odd behaviour.



The 7700K has spiking issues, they said it's fine themselves, even though imo it shouldn't happen. Huge thread about it on intel forums. Mine doesn't spike higher than 71 though.
mercutio98uk

A minor point to be aware of...Those with Ryzen based systems, these … A minor point to be aware of...Those with Ryzen based systems, these aren't yet AM4 compatible. It only requires a simple, cheap mounting kit though. Google for "Asetek Liquid Cooler AMD AM4 Retention Ring Kit". Should cost you less than a fiver.


They offer free kit, it's shipped next day to you from Germany.
pankomputerek

They offer free kit, it's shipped next day to you from Germany.



Good spot, I'd not seen that Arctic were on with it.
Send proof of purchase of 120/240/360 cooler to eng@support.arctic.ac for a free mounting kit.
ritchiedrama26th May

Been great for me and others.



So you have had a AIO system from them leak and cause damage with them replacing the components that were damaged?
I have read some stuff about it before, the problem is when your system has components that are no longer on the market, they get devalued and your replacement amount (in USD) may not cover you buying the same as what has gone faulty. They do from what I have seen, make you whole again tho - so that's good.

I also want to point out that the review in the OP is not good at all.
An AIO or any Liquid Cooled system would need to run for more than 10 minutes for the radiator, fluid, and everything else to come to the max temp. Someone who has an AIO system probably see's this, the spike should not be fast, and once all load is removed then it shouldn't drop down to idle temp quickly either.
hardocp.com/art…ew/ should reflect more on how these systems work, he points out that there is a 30 minute wait before temps are taken. Personally I think 45-50 minutes would be better but I can understand why this is not really practical for testers.

I personally avoid liquid systems but these things do look great to me in terms of ease of install compared to non AIO water cooled systems and the price doesn't look bad for what you are getting .
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