I know I didn't really hit on the components of the included water loop as much as some would have liked, but to be honest, with everything already set and ready for liquid, there isn't a lot to discuss. The setup is attractive and very carefree and simple to get going. Literally, all you need to know to get this water cooling in motion is how to remove and replace some caps and how to squeeze a bottle. The rest is all done with the push of the power button a few times, and bam, you have running water cooling at your disposal. All of this is packaged inside of a sleek, black, brushed aluminum chassis. What more could a beginning water cooling enthusiast need? - Lastly, I really liked the additional included water cooling pieces that allow you to add a GPU or other blocks into the loop. With a total of 500W cooling capability, my testing of just the CPU is the tip of the iceberg.
There is a short list of what I would consider slight misses with the Ra X10 Liquid chassis. First, the windowed side door, even when locked and screwed into place, still is loose at the top right corner. I'm not real sure of the cause, but it does allow for the door to pick up a bit of vibration. Next, and on a similar note, the flow meter in the front of the case has a slight ticking to it. Turning up the fans a bit does drown this out a bit. With the addition of the SIM module, Ikonik leaves very little room for any wiring for the user. I didn't have a modular PSU to test with, but did manage to hide all the extras, but in no way cleanly. The thing that sticks out to me and bothers me the most is the use of the tool-less expansion card lock. It's great in concept, but why even have it there if the only reason is to hold the slot covers in place during shipping. Even the instructions state this feature is defunct when you use a graphics card. It just seems silly to have it at all in my opinion.
With the images, building and testing, I have had the opportunity to use the Ra X10 Liquid for just over a week at this point, and to tell you the truth, it's growing on me the more I use it. Most of the issues aren't "real" problems that can't be worked around, just more of an annoyance. Let me explain my take on this. While Ikonik does offer a completely user friendly, water cooled, sleek looking chassis, they also demand top dollar, which is $419.99 at Newegg. If I was in the market for a case like this, I would expect these things to have been sorted through already, especially the door issue and the tool-less piece I mentioned.
The way I see it, you have to look at the Ikonik Ra X10 Liquid for exactly what it is; this is that the chassis itself is all-aluminum and of good build quality. This isn't just the average $150 - 200 aluminum case, though. Ikonik takes things a step further and includes a completely pre-assembled water cooling system where all you have to do is add water and hit a power button. How tough is that? Ikonik, however, doesn't just stop there. They include the SIM module and software that takes all the work out of wiring the thirteen fans and divides them up for superior management of case airflow. What does all this mean? If I wanted a hassle free water loop and a sexy and appealing case, I would definitely look into Ikonik's liquid offering, as they do offer good bang for the buck with this complete Ra X10 Liquid system.
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