Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
We were first introduced to Aquatuning when we brought our last custom loop review to our readers with the Alphacool. Today, we are once again working with Aquatuning to bring forward another of their assembled kits. When we looked at the Aquacool, we clearly noticed everything had moved over to metric tools, but we also noticed that Aquatuning kits have everything someone will need to get started with a kit style purchase; Aquatuning has done all of the work of selecting products. This also eliminates possible tubing issues, fitting issues, and even covers the small things you may have never thought of in the first place. This gets your purchase and assembly done much faster since virtually everything you need is all-in-one box; no muss, no fuss.
While this is our second time working with Aquatuning, this is the first we are getting our hands-on anything that Phobya has made. If you frequent the forums, and are in the water cooling scene, the Phobya name is nothing new; we just tended to go back to companies like Danger Den, Swiftech, and EK, as the doors there were already open. Expanding horizons is always a good thing though, and we do like that we have an open door to sample pretty much anything Aquatuning, whether it's from their overseas base, or their newer US and Canada site.
It is much easier for people on this side of the pond to gain access to what we used to only see from the EU system builders. The tide has changed now though, and thankfully, we can bring you a much wider perspective on what is currently out there in water cooling, outside of the companies we typically review products from.
The reason we have you here today is because we have been sent the Phobya Pure Performance Kit 240LT for assembly and testing. In this review, we plan cover every aspect of the included components and accessories. To put it simply, this kit from Phobya has to be the best deal in kit style setups that we have seen in quite some time. Our more frequent readers know it is out of the ordinary for us to make such a statement so early in the review, but what we have today will at least raise an eyebrow, and it will definitely leave this Pure Performance Kit 240 LT from Phobya high on your must-have list.
Since Aquatuning put this kit together, they make short work of the technical details they provide for this Pure Performance Kit 240LT. In the specifications provided, we are given information on the 13mm OD and the 10mm ID of the supplied tubing. We are also informed that Phobya makes all of the parts, and that this kit offers excellent performance for its class. Furthermore, we are told it does not come pre-filled, it uses a dual 120mm radiator, and it is capable of fitting any relative Intel socket. Well, as far as this chart is concerned, we are done with the specs.
Let us take this to another level though; shall we? Now, you do get 13mm OD by 10mm ID, Masterkleer black PVC tubing, and there is nearly three meters of it included. Part of the reason that this kit received an excellent rating is due to the Phobya CPU-Cooler UC-2 LT block that has been tested at other sites with great success. The loop is not pre-filled, but it does include a 1000ml bottle of Phobya ZuperZero Clear coolant. There is also the G-Changer240 V2, which is a 240mm radiator that is 60mm thick.
That isn't all that is included by any means though. There is still the DC12-220 pump that offers 2.2 meters of head pressure, and 400 liters per hour of flow. There is also the clear Balancer 150 reservoir, which has the top and bottom caps, and its diverter plate, all done in black nickel plating. We also get two G-Silent 120mm fans, a splitter cable to power them, black nickel compression fittings, a tubing cutter, an ATX power adapter, and a few Phobya stickers. That should just about cover everything.
What we are really digging about the Pure Performance Kit 240LT, is that it can be easily found on the Aquatuning site, with no signs of stock limitations. On top of that, this kit, which you will soon see abusing our charts, can be had for less than $200. As we looked on the Aquatuning website, we saw that they offer this kit for $182.76, and that is including shipping and tax. For those of you over the pond who may want to search out this kit as well, expect to pay 149.99 EUR, including VAT plus returns.
If what we have discussed about the kit already doesn't drawn your attention, and the pricing does not seem like a very good deal yet, we strongly urge that you continue reading. Once you see what the Phobya Pure Performance Kit 240LT is capable of, we are pretty sure your AIOs will soon find the bin in order to make room for this top-tier kit.