Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
In our last ID-Cooling AIO review, we mentioned that there were two main ways to go about cooling a CPU. While that rings true, there is a subsection of AIOs in which the design is to have an open-loop system versus a closed or sealed loop.
For those who are not in the know, what this means in the most basic terms, is that some AIOs are made with removable parts so that one can swap in other liquid cooling elements such as a reservoir, GPU block, or any other block available for the various PC components. Typically, we tend to see this from manufacturers that usually offer all of the custom parts already, but in the same vein, there have been companies that did not offer individual components, offering up coolers like this, like ID-Cooling is now trying for the first time that we can recall.
In previous examples of open-loop AIO kits, we have seen various fittings used, some with aluminum radiators, some with copper, and many with added bits like fan hubs, but with all of the previous submissions, the cooler stood out on its own as a product you felt could handle the task with more blocks added into the loop.
From what we have seen possible from the various sealed AIOs to come down the pike from ID-Cooling, we know they strive for appearance and silence, but in an instance such as this, performance is critical when developing and releasing a cooler like this onto the market. Let's hope our previous experiences with ID-Cooling are not the stepping stone from which this kit was designed, and that ID-Cooling has what it takes to make this open-loop system worthy of the time and energy it takes to make the money to buy it.
The cooler in question this time is the ID-Cooling DASHFLOW 360. With things like a custom block styled head unit, including a pump with three times the push of previous ID-Cooling AIOs, larger diameter tubing, and a triple 120mm radiator, on paper, things look to be impressive.
On top of that, this kit comes with G 1/4 compression fittings on the black and the radiator, making changes or maintenance to the system that much simpler. All around, this kit looks good visually, appears to have what it takes to make for a viable option for an open-loop AIO, but as always, we will hold any early conclusions until we have seen all we need to, to be able to make a well thought out synopsis.
Borrowing the specifications from the DASHFLOW 360 product page, we find that the chart shows us the compatibility first. With Intel systems, LGA1366 and anything to follow is supported, while AMD support starts at AM2, and covers all to follow, including TR4. The next thing we see is the TDP, which we feel is significantly inflated, but is said to handle 400W worth of heat dumped into the system. To do so, part one of the equation is a big radiator. In this instance, a 360mm radiator is used, which is 396mm long, 120mm wide, and only 27mm thick. Another sad note for the purists out there, the radiator is aluminum.
The pump typically dictates the flow rate in an AIO, but the restricting point generally is the tubing. In this chart, there are mentions of it being premium sleeved tubing, that is it 465mm long between the block and the radiator, but that is it. Diving into the product page, we also found that the tubing has an 8mm inner diameter, which gives an advantage over the standard AIO offerings. What ID-Cooling is calling the water block is a head unit design, where the pump and block are combined. Dimensionally it is 84mm wide and deep, but stands only 46.5mm tall, not including the fittings. As expected, the cold plate is made of copper, but the ceramic bearing supported pump can turn at 2400 RPM, drawing a minuscule 0.45A of power.
Also listed are the 50,000-hour lifespan and the 25 dB noise level, but they have more information available on the overview page. It is there we see things like the three-meter lift potential of the pump, the 450 L/H rating of flow, the 5.4W of draw, and that it is powered with a 3-pin connector, which is not true at all. Inside of the box is another box, which contains the DF-12025-RGB TRIO kit from ID-Cooling. In the chart above, we see this kit is comprised of three 120mm fans, all of which have a speed range o0f 900 to 2000 RPM, they deliver 56.5 CFM and can push 1.99 mmH2O of pressure.
We also see the 31.5 dB maximum sound level, we see they pull 3W at 0.25A, and that they are supported with two-ball bearings. While that information is all well and good, in the same place we are finding the additional information above, we also see a discrepancy in the static pressure, as we also see it listed at 1.82 mmH2O, and we are guessing this number is much closer to reality. While neither the chart nor the product page list any warranty terms, we were still able to obtain that on-site. We did have to move to the support section, but there, we see that all DASHFLOW Series coolers are backed with a three-year warranty.
With no hits via Google on the DASHFLOW 360 looking for a place to buy one, we are hip to the release news where the price was set as the MSRP at $160.00. Considering this is an open-loop system with RGB LEDs, that price does not seem out of the realm of reality. We were able to locate the 240mm version of this cooler at Newegg, and that cooler is set right now at $149.99, The $160 mark may be pricing pre-tariff, and we don't honestly expect the price point to ring true if it does come to the US market. At this time, all we have to go on after nearly a year since the release of this product is still the MSRP, which is what we will be using to judge this cooler later in the review.