Before we take a closer look at the EK Nucleus AIO CR360 Lux D-RGB – White from EKWB, I have found the specifications from their website.
The technical specifications:
All about the EK Nucleus AIO CR360 Lux D-RGB - White
EK Nucleus AIO CR360 Lux D-RGB - White is an AIO water cooling. It gives a stylish white look, with a gradient light effect both on the pump, but also on all the fans. It is designed to fit the most popular cases on the market, with a thin radiator design. It supports the latest Intel and AMD sockets, and should be ready for the next-gen Intel socket. It is possible to turn the pump head so that the logo always stands correctly.
The accessories themselves in the box come in a nice packaging, which contains everything necessary to be able to mount on both Intel and AMD. EKWB offers the more modern and common sockets, where LGA1366 has been deprecated. However, it is ready with 115x, as well as the next generation of Intel. On the AMD side, it supports both AM4 and AM5. Extra cooling paste and tools for mounting the equipment are also included.
The fans used are three EK-FPT FAN 120 D-RGB – Full Pressure Technology fans. Which is optimized to provide high cooling capacity, with a maximum speed of 2300 RPM, and a noise level of 36 dB. They have an air flow of 72 CFM. Next to that, the fans also have a daisy chain, which makes it possible to minimize cables that have to go around the cabinet.
The plate that touches the CPU is made of copper, improving heat distribution, along with a dense stack of micro fins that should boost heat transfer. The pump head has a speed of 3100 RPM.
As previously mentioned, it is all collected in a box, and provides an easy overview of everything that comes with it. There are no screws that need to be on the bracket in the first place. However, you must pay attention to which screws you use for the bracket, as it depends on which socket the Intel CPU is.
As it is Intel, the bracket is placed behind the motherboard, and fixed with screws, which must also ensure that the pump head is mounted.
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.
We first start by looking at idle. Here we can see the EK Nucleus AIO CR360 Lux D-RGB – White starts well, like the predecessor with 1 degree in delta temperature.
Let's take the step further and look at load. Then the EK Nucleus AIO CR360 Lux D-RGB – White again manages to come up with a nice result, which gives a delta temperature of 42 degrees, which again matches the previously tested EK CR360 Dark.
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 EK Nucleus AIO CR360 Lux D-RGB – White in Danish stores, but it is available at EKWB itself at a price of $210. It has been possible to find the black version, which has a price of 250$, which means we can probably also expect the white version to end up at around the same price.
It may quickly become a repeat of previous tests. But it is also about the fact that the EK Nucleus AIO CR360 Lux D-RGB – White does not differ from the CR360 Dark when we look at performance.
We both ended up with Idle, load and noise coming out with the same result. It also shows that EKWB has created some products where there will be no difference if you choose one over the other when looking at the performance. However, it ends up being more about what the budget allows and which design you want to go with.
With the EK Nucleus AIO CR360 Lux D-RGB – White, we also end up with a performance where it hits 42 degrees in delta temperature, which is incredibly nice in the test, and shows that EKWB is not only reserved for being able to make custom cooling, but the can take it over to an AIO.
The price will of course be higher for this than, for example, CR360 Dark, as we get RGB into the system, which just gives a higher cost. Besides that, their connector to the fans starts to make a lot of sense here. Since, in addition to being able to transfer speed control of the fan, they also supply power to the RGB. Where we still only have one wire for each fan. Combined with the daisy chain, you get a nice look without it falling over with cables. It is all collected in the adapter, which is then distributed to RGB and 4-pin connectors.
I end the test by giving the EK Nucleus AIO CR360 Lux D-RGB – White a score of 9 out of 10, along with the great product award, so it is in league with the other coolers. EKWB has started well, with their first visit to us with an AIO water cooler, and has made us look forward to the next time they stop by.
Score: 9 + Great Product