As we tend to do, let's start with all things good about the Orcus 360 RBW. First is its appearance, and is what will likely be the prime reason for purchases of this system. Out of the box, once connected, the Orcus 360 RBW puts on a slick light show, displaying a rainbow of colors circling the fans and block, in unison.
We also have to address the eight-port RGB hub for this, as it is what will drive all of the RGB LEDs. Not only does it cover the kit as it's sent to you, but you can also add four more channels to the hub for chassis lighting. The Rainbow ADD system also comes compatible with motherboard software, as well as an option for custom control with the included remote control.
We liked the packaging, as it does go above and beyond what the masses do, even though the old system works just fine too. We also appreciated the ease with which the cooler can be installed. Using hardware we are already familiar with, and even if they standoffs aren't spoken of correctly in the instructions, they will work either way they are installed. Noise levels are in the acceptable range with PWM control, and that is a plus as well, and with that, we are moving on to what we feel needs some attention.
If the first bullet point of your features is to be the best performing AIO on the market, you ought to be able to back up the claim, which Raijintek has shown it is not able to do. Performance is decent, but when beat by much more affordable solutions, older AIOs, and even the big name AIO maker's current offerings, personally, the claim does not ring true.
There is also the fact we have to consider that in the specifications, the pump is said to top out at 4500 RPM, while our pump was turning at 6500 RPM as shown in AIDA64 sensors. On top of that, the fans are shown to stop at or around 1800 RPM, yet our fans were spinning at 2100 RPM. Either the chart is wrong, or there is something not quite right here. The thing that bugged us the most about this cooler is the lack of a fan hub or any splitter cables to deal with the four connections that need to be made.
Our motherboard has a pump header, but for the CPU fans, we have a CPU fan and CPU fan 2 header, so it left us having to wires the fans separated, looking for a third fan header on the motherboard that is not already in use for case fans. The simple addition of a three-way splitter cable, or using the hub to control booth lighting and fan power would have brightened our day, but no options are given on this matter. Companies like Raijintek, who are taking products, putting their spin on them, and selling them in the wild, do bring one thing to the users, and that is a lowered price point. In this matter, Raijintek is some $30 cheaper than other similarly featured AIOs on the market.
That is a good thing for us. However, once you get beyond the lights, we feel that Raijintek falls a bit flat. We expected better thermal performance with the claims they made, and the ease of installation is a bit of a loss as well. All in all, the Orcus 360 RBW is not a bad choice, but it has gone the same route as everyone else, where a coolers ability to cool is now a distant third on the list of things it should do. Even with the trend of AIOs being what it is, we do not feel that the Orcus 360 RGB should be your first choice, but it is an "OK" option for those looking to save every last penny on a new build.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||78%|
The Bottom Line: In our mind a 360mm AIO should blow the doors off of a $50 air cooler, and that is not what happens here. The Orcus 360 RBW has an amazing light show, but beyond that, it is lacking. There is better value than other AIOs of its size, but still too much money for the performance delivered!
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