Before we have a closer look at the GA II Trinity Performance 360, I have found the specifications from LIANS LI's website.
The technical specifications:
About the LIAN LI GA II Trinity Performance 360
LIAN LI GA II Trinity Performance 360 is an AIO water cooler where the pump has been made bigger to deliver better cooling, along with fans that can keep up with that performance. Therefore, the GA II Trinity Performance 360 also takes up a bit more when we look at the thickness.
If we take a look at the accessories that come with it, we get what is needed to be able to mount on the most common Intel and AMD systems. Also included is equipment to change the upper part of the pump head if you want a different design, as well as cables to be able to connect the whole thing to the computer.
With the GA II Trinity Performance 360, three 120mm high-performance LCP fans are included, which are daisy chained from the start to have only a single cable that must be mounted to the motherboard. The fans are 28mm thick and are equipped with copper shield bearing to ensure stability and low noise level during high performance. They can run up to 3000 rpm and with the help of bios you can use the PWM function to adjust the speed based on the temperature. It is also possible to set them via a switch mounted on the fans. They have an air pressure of 6.99mm/H2O and CFM of 108.29.
The pump head is equipped with copper on the base, in order to be able to cool as best as possible, it has created a straight flow through the pump head, to optimize the cooling.
Since I have to install on Intel, it is easy with the supplied equipment and nothing needs to be changed on the pump head. However, the screws must be adjusted based on which Intel socket it is to be mounted on, as LGA1700 requires the screws to come out completely. It is easy to install, and with the GA II Trinity Performance 360, they have chosen to make a system where the thread is on the pump head, and the screws on the back plate, which must be on the motherboard.
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 different 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: ~ 26 degrees
Fan speed: ~ 3000 RPM
We start the test by warming up the system at idle. This gives a result of 1 degree in delta temperature. That's a great start, and the lowest so far.
Moving on to the most crucial part of the test, we have had the GA II Trinity Performance 360 running, it manages to come up with a result of 43 degrees in delta temperature. Again a great result, and again the lowest ever seen.
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.
I was able to find the GA II Trinity Performance 360 at a price of 200$. Which puts it nicely in the middle in the market for similar products.
We have come to the end of the GA II Trinity Performance 360. A cooler that has really managed to push the temperature down during the test. It has nevertheless managed to create a difference of 3 degrees to number two, although it sounds like a little, it takes a lot for us to see the big differences, and especially with coolers that have the same conditions.
The design itself is very neutral, but it still differs in the pump head, which comes with nice RGB lighting, and the option to change the cover if you don't want it to say LIAN LI. Next to that, they have used daisy chain, which we can only hope more people will make use of. This creates fewer cables that need to be found, and it gives the computer a nicer look. However, I am a little skeptical about the actual function of being able to adjust the RPM of the fans with a switch, as I personally would rather control it all through the BIOS.
The price is sensibly set, and even if we get over 180$, it is still a fair price, where most people will probably balance price against performance.
However, when it comes to noise, I don't think LIAN LI has achieved a "silent" or quiet experience. Because there is no doubt that when they run 100%, as they did during the test, it can be felt by the high speed of the fans, which generate a lot of noise.
Besides that, it is not certain that the cooler is for everyone. Because the dimensions have been made slightly larger, which also means it can quickly require a cabinet with plenty of space.
I end the test by giving the GA II Trinity Performance 360 from LIAN LI a score of 9 out of 10 with the "Great Product" Award. Even though it is noisy, we cannot escape the fact that it also delivered a performance that was significantly better than the others.
Score: 9+ Great Product