All-in-one coolers, also known as AIO water coolers, are designed to give the user increasing cooling capabilities within their computer case, something that’s very much needed in today’s world of blistering fast processors. After all, with an increase in speed and a steep rise in the number of people overclocking their rigs, the best cooling methods always have to be considered.
While water coolers have been around for some time now, it was often hard for people to figure out everything they need to add a radiator to their computer. Fortunately, all-in-one water coolers take the guesswork out of the whole process and make adding water cooling to a computer a whole lot easier. That’s especially true with the top ten models that we have found – models which we have conveniently listed below.
10. Thermaltake Floe Triple Riing RGB 360
With an LED lighted water block and triple RGB fans, this AIO water cooler is not only a great cooler but is also quite beautiful as well. It has 12-separately controlled RGB LEDs that give the user up o 16.8 million different color options. The fans on this unit have a speed of 500 to 1400 RPM and can be controlled via software. This allows it to deliver up to 42.34 CFM of airflow, yet only have a noise level of 24.7-decibels. Another key feature found on this system is a 360mm high-efficiency radiator that comes with push/pull mounting support and is easy-to-install.
9. upHere High-Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
This product comes with a 240mm radiator, two PWM fans, an instruction manual and an installation kit. That’s everything needed to get this all-in-one water cooler set up in your system, except for the tools needed to install it, of course. This product provides great cooling performance and uses smart cooling fans and a copper micro-fin water block for extra thermal displacement. This cooler is compatible with all AMD and Intel processors including AMD processors AM2, AM2+ AM4. FM1and FM2, as well as Intel processors LGA775, 1366, Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 CPU. And since it comes with an installation kit, it’s easy to set up.
8. Aigo Liquid CPU Cooler T240
Designed with a 240mm high-density wave-band radiator, dual 120mm PWM fans and an installation kit, this closed-loop water cooler is ready to cool down any suitable PC or gaming rig. Its fans have a fan speed of 800 to 2000 RPM and have an estimated fan life of 50,000 hours. These fans generate a maximum airflow of 88.3CFM across the radiator, which helps to remove heat quickly and efficiently. And even though this product is pretty efficient at lowering CPU temperatures, it only has an operating noise level of 25-decibels or less, depending on fan speed. Which makes this cooler suitable for any home or LAN party.
7. Arctic Liquid Freezer 240
As its name suggests, this all-in-one water cooler is designed to really cool down a computer’s CPU. It does this thanks to a 240mm radiator that’s approximately 38mm deep and is equipped with 4 high-performance PWM PST computer fans. These fans operate between 500 and 1,350 RPM, which allows them to move a lot of air but still enables them to remain fairly quiet. This cooler can be used with a variety of Intel and AMD sockets including Intel CPU sockets1150, 1155 and 1156. It also includes AMD CPU sockets AM3+, FM2, and FM2+. And since its pump only consumes 2-watts of power, this product is also fairly energy efficient.
6. NZXT Kraken X62 CPU Cooler
Equipped with a newly designed pump and a 280mm radiator, the NZXT Kraken X62 to ready to meet just about anyone’s CPU cooling needs. This product’s pump is designed not only to be quieter than previous pump models but is also designed to move more liquid. And more liquid displacement means more thermal displacement and lower CPU temperatures. This water cooler is compatible with a number of Intel sockets including 1151, 1156, 2066, and others. It’s also compatible with a number of AMD sockets including AM4, FM2+, and AM2+, among others. This cooler also comes with a software interface that enables users to fine-tune their cooling parameters for best results.
5. Corsair Hydro H80i CPU Cooler
Thicker radiators deliver more surface area for heat to dissipate and no one knows this better than Corsair. That’s why they’ve designed the Hydro Series H80i V2 with a 120mm radiator that’s 49mm thick and is designed to quickly dissipate heat. A thicker radiator isn’t the only improvement this model makes over ordinary AIO water coolers. It also has dual SP120L PWM fans that move 77 CFM of air and helps the radiator to do its job. And thanks to its built-in Corsair link, which is plugged right into a USB header on the motherboard, the user can customize this product even further to get the best cooling results possible.
4. EVGA CLC 120 Water CPU Cooler
This water cooler has a number of new and improved features which make it useful for cooling down your home PC. It has a 120mm fan radiator, a full copper water block, and a fan that’s been newly designed with Teflon Nano bearing for improved performance and heat dissipation. This product also has premium fully-sleeved tubing for durability, and the water block has built-in RGB LED lighting. Another feature included with this water cooler is software that allows the user to customize fan speeds, RGB lighting, pump features and more. All of which come together to make it a durable and high-quality CPU cooling system.
3. Deepcool Captain 240EX Cooler
At the core of this unique looking system is a 240mm radiator that’s designed to quickly dissipate thermal energy and to keep your computer’s CPU running as cool as possible. This system is equipped with two 120mm PWM fans that dish out a high-volume airflow and does it without making a whole lot of unnecessary noise. This unit also comes with a patented pump that has a steampunk design glass tube that shows liquid circulation and a breathing LED light for effect. Another important feature found in this system is its anti-explosion rubber pipes which save space and make the unit extremely durable.
2. Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate
This product has many of the positive features associated with AIO water coolers with fewer of the negative features that people hate about closed-loop water coolers. It has a spacious 360mm aluminum radiator and a high-performance copper base plate with a water block that quickly pulls heat away from the CPU and whisks it away. This product also has triple curve PWM fans and a fan speed controller that can set these fans at a speed of between 1,000 and 2,000 RPM. The Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate is also equipped with a high-quality pump and is easy to install into compatible computer cases.
1. Deep Cool Gamer Storm Captain 120
This water cooler is as cool looking as it is powerful. It has a built-in RGB pump, and RGB fan and a glass tube that shows liquid circulation. All of this amounts to a system with sort of a steampunk appeal but is powerful enough to cool just about any gaming rig. This product is compatible with a number of Intel sockets including LGA20XX, LGA1366, and LGA 115X sockets. It’s also compatible with AMD sockets such as the AM4, AM2+, FM2, and FM2+. Other features which can be found on this high-quality cooler include a copper plate with pre-applied thermal paste and a very reliable water pump.
A Beginners Guide to AIO Water Coolers
A Brief History of Water Cooling
As gamers and PC enthusiasts work to extract every single drop of raw power out of their processors, video cards, and memory, they push their computer’s internal temperatures to a higher level. Water cooling kits were developed to arrest this thermal arms race. Water cooling uses a coolant-filled loop to draw heat away from vital components and then carries that excess heat to a radiator – much in the same way a car’s cooling system works. This prevents damage to vital components and allows the user to push their gaming rigs or personal computers to all new speeds.
In the past, users who wanted to try out water cooling had to assemble all of the parts they needed and then assemble them in a safe manner to water cool their rigs. Some of the parts that they would have to get included a reservoir, pump, water blocks, tubing, an assortment of fittings and/or adapters and finally, the coolant. And many of these products weren’t even designed to go into a computer. They were salvaged from other applications. While some individuals were able to cobble together great cooling systems this way, a lot of people ended up destroying their computers when their cooling systems leaked or unexpectedly failed.
In response to the growing demand for water coolers, companies began to release “kits” which had all of the components a person needed to water cool their system. Unfortunately, a lot of these kits were difficult for first-time water cooling enthusiasts to use, so people began to look for a better solution.
The next thing that happened is that AIO water coolers entered the scene. These coolers simplified the whole process of water cooling. In fact, they are only made using a few key components. Usually, these systems use a water-block, a fluid reservoir, a pump and a combination unit. Heat is absorbed from the CPU through a copper block, and then water is pushed over this copper block to transfer the heat from it to the water. The water then travels through tubes and to a radiator. A fan blows air over these fins, transferring the heat from the radiator to the air where it’s blown out of the case. This cycle goes on, again and again, a process which keeps the CPU cool.
Why are AIO Water Coolers a Better Cooling Solution?
While all water coolers do a better job at cooling a PC than just fans alone, AIO water coolers are the best water coolers because they’re easier to set up. These systems really take all of the guesswork out of water cooling. They have few components, so they’re easier to setup and users don’t have to add coolant to them because they already have coolant. And many of them even have copper blocks that are shipped with thermal paste already on them. As you can see, this really makes installation a snap.
How to Choose an AIO Water Cooler
Choose the Right Type
There are some AIO water cooling systems that work with AMD processors and some that work with Intel processors. Be sure to get the right one for your processors. Some cooling systems can be used with both systems, using an adapter that either comes with the system or is purchased separately.
Radiator Fan Size
The most important thing that a person should consider when choosing an AIO water cooler is radiator size. The first thing that needs to be considered when deciding on radiator size is whether you have the appropriate size fan slot. You don’t want to go out and buy a 240mm radiator when you’re fan slot is the only 140mm, so always be sure that you have the appropriately sized radiators. However, there are some coolers which can help bridge the gulf between 120mm radiator fans and 140mm radiator fans by making the radiator itself thicker. For example, Corsair H80i Hydro Series radiators are thicker, which helps to cool down the coolant faster. Other models, such as the Arctic Liquid Freezer, use two fans to cool down. Models that have 240mm fans are often placed in the case’s top exhaust fan slot since more and more cases are shipping with this option.
Generally speaking, 240mm and 280mm options are usually the best. However, it should be noted that these models are also harder to install and usually cost more than 120mm or 140mm options. There are some 120mm radiator models that use 3 or 4 fans to cool down the radiator, and this can result in increased performance. Some of the newer radiators have a 320mm size and use up to 6-fans to cool them.
It’s also a good idea to thoroughly read the description of whatever closed-loop water coolers you’re thinking about buying. Not all of them have the same selection of accessories. Make sure that the unit you want to buy has all of the necessary hardware to install it and a processor adapter if it needs one. Also, check to see if it comes with thermal paste. Some units already have thermal paste on the water blocks, so they’re pretty much ready to go when you get them. If your particular closed-loop water cooler doesn’t come with thermal paste, then be sure to order some because you’re going to need it.
Assemble Your Tools
You’re going to want to have some tools available to install your water cooler. Here are some of the more commonly needed tools for this operation:
- Anti-static wrist strap
- Philips head screwdriver
- Microfiber cloth
- Thermal paste
The Last Word
Cooling you PC or gaming rig with a closed-loop cooler doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Just be sure that you have all the tools you need to do the job assembled and that you do your research when choosing an all-in-one water cooler. Once you receive the cooler, be sure that you read all of the instructions that came with the unit and follow all safety precautions. If you do that, then you should end up getting many hardware generations of life out of your cooler.