As we tend to do, let's start things off with everything good with the DASHFLOW 360. On paper, things appear to be amazing. The higher flow pump, the new design of the motor spinning the impeller, even the custom look of the head unit should be a plus.
In hand, things feel beefy, and up to the task, the tubing is larger diameter to remove restrictions, the use of G Â¼ threaded fittings is all well and good, but we do like the look of the fittings the most. The implementation of RGB is nice, and ID-Cooling offers a way for those without RGB to still have some fun with the lights, and again, those kinds of things are appreciated. First impressions are exceptional, from feeling the heft of the box, on through when you see more attention paid to the inner packaging, even removing the cooler from the box, the excitement to get cooling with this kit is still there.
Sadly, though, we ran into many things that not only put a strange look on our face at times but also reared up with our testing. Starting at the primary level, ID-Cooling still needs to work on their mounting hardware kit. Give us locking components with defined amounts of mounting pressure, and leave no questions on the table as to if this product can't cool well, or if it has to do with the installation. Moving on, we do not feel that the performance is good enough to be an open-loop system ready for additional parts. If you are in the market for an AIO that resembles custom setups, sure, we get it, but don't be fooled by what it is. Performance is lackluster, and ID-Cooling smaller AIOs did better. Compared to the market of AIOs, it doesn't even do well there.
We did not like the downgrade in ARGB that comes with this setup compared to the ZOOMFLOW, and the best yet was the lack of some 500 RPM of fan speed. We even went as far as to test the fans on a fan controller and with a Molex to fan adapter and were never able to get near the rated speed. So while the appearance and aesthetics draw you in with a bit of drool in the corner of your mouth, once reality sets in you are picking your jaw up from the table, and not due to amazement, but because you are as dumbfounded as we are.
For many of the readers inside of the US, even if you do not believe you what you saw in our review, and want to test it yourself, good luck. A year after it was released, and we could not find it listed anywhere on this side of the pond. The pricing at $160, while it may not be the reality when and if it ever does make it to store shelves, is fair for the market with similar features, but is way too much for the results we got. As much as we try to be kind to ID-Cooling and what it is they are trying to do, our blunt nature keeps taking over, and in the end, we find no real reason to even look at this cooler.
If you want an AIO, there are many to choose that did better, many of them did it much more affordably too. To us, if you are going to charge this sort of money, you need to beat every air cooler out there, and when a $50 air cooler or three can do better, there is just no rationale that makes the DASHFLOW 360 worthy of your time and effort.
The Bottom Line
A lot of time and energy went into many of the features, but if they are no help, what good are they? Sadly, the ID-Cooling ZOOMFLOW 240 ran head to head with this DASHFLOW 360, did it for much less of an investment, and had a better ARGB LED system too!