Before we have a closer look at the Pure Loop 2 280 from be quiet!, I have found the specifications from be quiet! Homepage.
The technical specifications:
Around Pure Loop 2
Pure Loop 2 comes with an elegant design, where the pump head itself is equipped with stylish aluminum and ARGB to create a nice design. Although the pump can achieve a speed of 5500 rpm, it is made to be silent and ensure comfort in the sound level, even if the computer is working at high pressure.
Pure Loop 2 ensures that you have everything you need to mount, whether it's Intel with LGA or AMD with AM4 and AM5. In addition to the radiator itself with pump, two Pure Wings 3 fans, mounting kit for both Intel and AMD are also included. In addition to that, we also have cooling paste, splitters and a bottle of extra liquid.
The included fans are Pure Wings 3 140mm PWM, which provide high air pressure and ensure optimized cooling. They come with a "closed loop motor" function, which ensures speed regardless of resistance. They come with a PWM connection, which gives the possibility to adjust the speed based on the temperature of the CPU, and they can reach a maximum of 1800 rpm, with a noise level of 33.8 dBA.
The pump itself has a stylish design with a dusty look. The only thing we have on our heads besides is be quiet! the logo with ARGB around. Pure Loop 2 makes use of doubly decoupled PWM pump, which ensures a silent system, but still powerful system, to keep the system cool. Because of this way, it also means that the pump produces minimal vibration and noise.
Be quiet! makes sure to supply you with everything to mount the AIO in your computer. The mounting bracket itself is the same as is also used on be quiet! other cooling units.
The Test – Use and Performance
The test is set up so that we first warm up the system with Cinebench for 5 minutes. Then run it further for 10 minutes where we measure the average temperature in HWiNFO64. We then finally subtract the room temperature at the given time and land on a delta temperature to give as neutral a picture as possible. The fans are set to run at full speed, so that you get a picture of the maximum cooling performance with the load we are now giving it. It should give a real picture of how much you can stress on the various coolers, and whether they can take more or less than what we give it.
**After following up a bit on the I9 12900K and heat generation, I have chosen to turn off Hyper-Threading, to give the cooler the opportunity to show what it can do, rather than pushing the CPU to its maximum. All tests in the future will run like this.
Room temperature: ~ 24 degrees
Fan speed: ~ 1800 RPM
As always, we start by looking at how the cooler works at idle. With Pure Loop 2, we get a good start, where it is nicely in line with the other coolers.
We step up the work and let Pure Loop 2 sweat a bit. However, it still comes out with a nice result, where it ends up with 49 degrees in delta temperature. During the test, the CPU ran at around 200W, where I have seen it be higher with, among other things, the 360mm coolers.
Our noise measurements were made with a UNI-T UT353 dB meter. The measurements were made in a "real world" setup and therefore not in a sound chamber. External influences have of course been tried to be reduced as much as possible, but as I said, this has not been done in a sound chamber. Our measurements must therefore most of all be taken as a general indicator and not a scientific measurement. They primarily serve as a basis for comparison across tested products, which are always tested under as comparable conditions as possible.
It has not been possible to find the Pure loop 2 280 in stores yet. However, we have been informed of an MSRP of 114.90 euros, which can be converted to approx. 110$ Which seems to be a reasonable price level.
Pure Loop 120/240/280/360 – MSRP 89.90/104.90/114.90/129.90 euros
It's time to finish the test on the Pure Loop 2 280 from be quiet!. It has come off with a great result. However, I had hoped for a slightly lower result, compared to the other coolers, many of which are 240mm, and therefore have a smaller radiator area for cooling.
As always be quiet! the coolers easy to install and for me I'm glad they don't need to change that system. It works really well and is easy to work with. Besides that, it's also incredibly nice to have the option of using something that doesn't require all kinds of software to make it work. Be quiet! provides a system that delivers the product and makes it simple for the consumer.
Although a splitter is included, I could use be quiet! improved this part. Because most people go for a clean look and where things have to look good, and it's just easier to do this deal if the fans can be daisy chained, and possibly gathered together via the radiator, rather than having the cables next to it. It's a small detail, but still something that completes the whole experience and look.
I think the noise level itself is acceptable, and as the test may also show, it is still low enough to work with when the fans are running at their peak.
The price can be a bit difficult to decide for or against. It is at a fine level, but it is also possible to find some that come with a better price tag than the Pure Loop 2. However, it may be a compromise on design and possibly performance. Therefore, I would say that this one neither pulls up nor down.
I therefore end the test by giving a solid score to the Pure Loop 2 280 from be quiet! at 9 out of 10. The only thing that I could have used were the fans that were set up with a daisy chain, to minimize cables that have to be pulled around. It will also undoubtedly make installation even easier. In addition to this, Pure Loop 2 ensures a stable experience, with a stylish design and a reasonable noise level.