While there may have been other companies to bring forth the concept of the AIO system that is customizable and adaptable, but to date, they are offering the most high-end and best performance of any custom water cooling loop we have tested. Even though the Corsair H110i GTX slightly bests the Predator 240 for less money, even as dolled up as the new Corsair units are, there still is no comparison to the aesthetic appeal that a custom loop offers. As long as we are carrying on with the direct comparisons, there is also no other water cooling that can get these thermal results while still being a complete pleasure to use. At the low-end, these fans are inaudible inside of a chassis, and even when we manually spooled them to full speed, 41 dB is the most the Vadar fans will intrude in the office. Comparatively, and AIO usually needs fans that are 65 dB to do this, and are near double the noise to the human ear.
The Predator 240 is intended for Intel sockets only at this time, but we see no reason there should not be an AMD version shortly. In this respect, we did have some issues. First of all, we feel the back plate should be screwed all the way into the studs, and the bending at the ends we experienced would not have happened.
Secondly, we completely understand that higher pressure when mounting leads to better performance. There is a balance, however, and with the amount of struggle that this mounting hardware delivered, we feel it could use just a bit of love to make it easier to use and install. As far as the rest of the kit is concerned, with over 15 inches of tubing to use, there should be no reason this unit will not fit in the front of or the top of just about any chassis on the market. We also like that the fans are pre-assembled to the radiator, as anyone installing a sealed AIO knows the struggle of holding the radiator and the fan while trying to pass a screw through it all at one time. With a set of eight basic fan screws, installation is a breeze.
There are other factors to consider too with a purchase such as this. Consider you can easily add quick disconnects in-line of the tubing, and stop any flow, allowing additions of other components at any time. The other way to look at this is for those on a budget that have the desire to build a custom loop but have to get their feet wet somehow. This sort of kit offers worry free installation much like a sealed loop system, but where those stop, the Predator is more than willing to take on a reservoir, other water blocks, and even more radiators as well. With a kit such as this, the options of where to go next are endless.
You are going to have to pay up for the EK Predator 240, though, in the range of $200. This is nearly double the cost of a comparable sealed loop system, but we feel there are plenty of advantages and step-ups in this kit that the price is justified. The Predator 240 may have taken us a bit to get the CPU water block in place, but the fight was well worth the effort, as we have not seen many coolers, liquid or air coolers, that can put up low numbers in both thermal testing as well as audio testing.
EKWB was late to the game with this Predator 240 and Predator 360 but have not failed to impress even after seeing as many options in liquid cooling as we have.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||96%|
|Bundle and Packaging||94%|
|Value for Money||89%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||95%|
The Bottom Line: Right on the heels of the best cooler we have tested, yet does it with much less noise. The Predator 240 from EK delivers the finest components, the ability to add into the loop, and while pricey, we feel it is well worth the asking price.
PRICING: You can find the EKWB Predator 240 AIO CPU Liquid Cooler for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The EKWB Predator 240 AIO CPU Liquid Cooler retails for $200 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The EKWB Predator 240 AIO CPU Liquid Cooler retails for £169 at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [EKWB Predator 240 CPU Liquid Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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