As we look back at everything we have just seen, before we got to the amazing results in the charts, we will lay out what we found. Everything is well packaged, from the outer packaging, all the way through to the various hardware kits and extras; everything arrived in perfect condition, and ready to go into a chassis. Without having to stop for images throughout the un-boxing process, and the setup and installation processes, we would guess that in roughly two hours or so, you can have everything unboxed, laid out, set up, bled, and running.
That's pretty damn quick. The reason this is possible is that even with all separate components, the parts all match and are picked to work well with each other. Also, with the tubing cutter, you can cut tubing as you install it; none of that back and forth to the table with a utility knife, or a pair of scissors.
We found that this system is well cooled by the UC-2LT CPU water block, as that is the point of contact to remove the heat from the CPU. We also found that the loop offers sufficient flow of the coolant with the smaller pump. With the pump's lower power requirements, there is much less heat dumped into the loop than from, say, a 655 style pump. We also like the thicker radiators with lower fin density, as they have proven time and time again that you don't need a leaf blower and super tight fins to win the cooling race; in fact, Phobya has accomplished the exact opposite. This kit proves that silence, performance, and affordability can be had in one kit; it just took us a while to find it.
On finer details, we loved the fittings. There are thick o-rings that will seat completely with just finger tightening, and that is in all of the components; not once did we ever feel the need to grab pliers. The lack of any real instructions is a bit of a downer for the new guys to water cooling, as we feel they are as entitled to this level of performance as well. Although, after looking up the individual components online, it is a bit easier to figure out how everything works.
If we were to pick out one thing that we really found any issue with at all, it would be the lack of a funnel, or at least a squirt cap on the bottle of coolant. While we have plenty of spare parts, filling the loop without any "extras" lying around may have you running to find a clean way to get coolant into this loop. Otherwise, the kit just wins in all aspects.
We realize that the pricing of this kit is a bit on the steep side when looking at a lot of the other cooling choices on our charts. When it comes down to the best of the best we have tested to date, we find that the Phobya Pure Performance Kit 240LT is worth every penny of its $182.76, all-inclusive pricing. To get the best of the best, this is a mere drop in the bucket compared to what it would cost to source all of these components individually. Even when we think back to dual AIO pricing at $120-$130 upon release, for another $50 or so dollars, why not treat yourself to what you truly wanted in the first place?
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