Changes to our AIO cooler test system have recently been made, so we are starting fresh with our testing method and results. The following components are used in our new test rig.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
Cooling: Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL360 Flux
Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair VI Hero
Graphics Card: PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 580
Memory: HyperX Savage DDR4-2666 16GB
Storage: Corsair Force MP500 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Case: Fractal Design Define R6 Tempered Glass
Power: SilverStone SST-ST55F-G
List of coolers being compared:
– Cryorig H5 Universal
– SilverStone PF240-ARGB
– ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240
– Corsair iCUE H115i RGB PRO XT
– Alphacool Eisbaer Aurora 360 CPU
– NZXT Kraken X63
– NZXT Kraken Z73
– Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX
– Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML280 Mirror
– Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL360 Flux
For performance testing we will first test idle temperatures. These are taken on the Windows 10 desktop an hour after the system has been turned on.
For load testing we will be running the AIDA64 system stability test with the CPU only checked. This puts a full load on our CPU. We run this test for 1 hour and record the highest temperature throughout the test.
As mentioned previously, the PL360 Flux features two ARGB LED lighting zones in the pump housing, as well as three PL Flux fans with ARGB lighting. The included ARGB controller allows for a wide variety of preset and custom lighting settings via the MasterPlus+ application, though you can also connect these devices to a compatible motherboard.
While I do appreciate the inclusion of a controller and software to adjust the PL360 Flux’s lighting, I really wish there was more integrated control of the cooler’s other functions; I would love to see fan and pump speed controls.
As seen below, the only control of the cooler itself is with regards to lighting, which I will say does offer a good selection of premade options, as well as the ability to create your own custom designs.
Below are a few pictures of the cooler in a few of the modes available within MasterPlus+.