Review: EK-AIO Elite 360 D-RGB

by Parm Mann on 3 December 2020, 14:01

Tags: EK Water Blocks

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Test Methodology

Comparison Coolers

Category Model HEXUS Review Reviewed Price Warranty Product Page
Air be quiet! Pure Rock 2 May 2020 £34 3 Years
be quiet! Shadow Rock 3 June 2020 £45 3 Years
Deepcool AS500 October 2020 £55 3 Years
Noctua NH-D15 April 2020 £95 6 Years
Liquid be quiet! Pure Loop 280mm Ocrober 2020 £103 3 Years
Corsair iCue H115i Elite Capellix September 2020 £160 5 Years
Corsair iCue H115i RGB Pro XT May 2020 £133 5 Years
Deepcool Castle 280EX July 2020 £120 3 Years
EK-AIO Elite 360 D-RGB December 2020 £180 5 Years
Fractal Design Celsius+ S28 Prisma May 2020 £190 5 Years
Fractal Design Celsius+ S36 Prisma June 2020 £220 5 Years

HEXUS 2020 Test Platform

Component Product Page
Processor AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
Motherboard Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula
CPU Cooler Corsair Hydro Series H150i Pro RGB
Graphics Card Sapphire Nitro+ RX 5700 XT 8G GDDR6 SE
Memory G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3200 (2x16GB)
Storage 2TB Corsair MP600
Power Supply be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 1,000W
Network Card Asus XG-C100C 10GBase-T PCIe Adapter
Chassis Fractal Design Define 7 Clear Tempered Glass
Monitor Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB
Keyboard Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire
Mouse Corsair Ironclaw RGB
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro


The introduction of our 2020 Test Platform allowed us to start afresh with CPU cooler testing. The new PC features a 16-core, 32-thread AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processor and 32GB of dual-channel G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4 memory set to run at 3,200 using the built-in profile.

A Fractal Design Define 7 chassis is configured with its three stock Dynamic X2 140mm fans connected to the integrated hub and attached to a single motherboard header. Coolers are tested using default out-the-box settings, and to intensify the challenge while minimising noise, all fan headers are set to the 'Silent' profile within the Asus BIOS.

When testing liquid coolers, the pump is connected to the motherboard's dedicated AIO header, and the radiator is installed in the roof of the chassis with fans configured to push air up through the radiator and out of the enclosure. Fractal Design's vented top panel is used with liquid coolers, and the sound-dampened solid panel is in place when testing traditional air coolers.

Actual CPU temperature is recorded and we also graph the delta temperature (CPU temperature minus ambient temperature). Last but not least, to give you an idea of cooler acoustics, we use a PCE-318 noise meter to measure overall system noise in both idle and load states.