Please leave the 12th generation cooling to me~ Gigabyte AORUS Water Force 240/280/360 ARGB

■ Product introduction

CPUs that are recently released, regardless of Intel or AMD, have a strong tendency to go all-in in performance even when the temperature increases and power consumption is added. It can be seen that this trend is reflected just by looking at the 12th generation Intel’s Elder Lake, which was released recently. Therefore, interest in CPU coolers that can effectively control such high temperatures is increasing.

The product we will be looking at this time is the GIGABYTE AORUS Waterforce 240/280/360 ARGB high-performance water cooling cooler, which is famous as a world-famous PC component manufacturer. The first impression I had when I saw the product was, “The tube is so thick? The fan and ARGB connection method is very unique, and the user’s convenience is considered a lot!” This part will be discussed separately later.

This product is released in three types of 240/280/360, and a new high-performance pump is applied to ensure high-end CPU cooling is not a problem. In addition, it is equipped with a 330 degree rotatable water block display and uses an AORUS low-noise cooling fan to dissipate heat quietly and quickly even at maximum speed.

GIGABYTE AORUS Water Force 360 ​​will be tested mainly on assembly and performance, while 240/280 will be unboxed.


▲ Components

▲ This product uses the USB terminal for ARGB control, not the 5V RGB header.

This part has the advantage of enabling gorgeous tuning by installing only software without restrictions even on the previous generation boards that do not support 5V RGB headers.

▲ AORUS low-noise cooling fan with unique fan blade design

▲ Water pump with AORUS eagle logo applied

▲ Solidly finished pump and tube connection

▲ The power of the water block is supplied through the SATA connector.

▲ Cooling water tube boasting a huge thickness

The tube diameter has been thickened from 5.1mmΦ to 7.8mmΦ, and the flow rate is increased by 37% compared to the previous product, dissipating heat from the CPU faster.

▲ The radiator and tube connections are also firmly finished.

▲ 3IN1 fan hub with a design that considers user convenience

It is common for most products to be provided with a separate cable, so it is not difficult to choose a selection because there are still many cables. However, in the case of this product, the main 5V RGB terminal and the fan hub that can connect 3 fans are arranged in the tube and radiator connection part so that it can be easily and conveniently connected to the main board.

▲ Densely structured radiator fins

The GIGABYTE AORUS Waterforce 240/280/360 ARGB family differs only in the number of fans, fan size, and radiator size, but the components and design are the same. .


▲ 140mm AROUS low-noise cooling fan with a maximum air volume of 83.83CFM and a noise level of up to 36.5dBA

▲ Comparison of the size of the 120mm fan applied to the 240/360 and the 140mm fan applied to the 280

▲ GIGABYTE AORUS Waterforce 280 ARGB Radiator

▲ 240/280 radiator size comparison


▲ Three 120mm AORUS low-noise cooling fans identical to the 240

▲ GIGABYTE AORUS Water Force 360 ​​ARGB Radiator

▲ GIGABYTE AORUS Water Force 240/280/360 ARGB Radiator Size Comparison

▲ Fan is installed on the radiator

■ Motherboard assembly process (ft. Gigabyte Aorus Water Force 360 ​​ARGB)

▲ The motherboard for assembling the cooler is ASUS PRIME X470-PRO

▲ The CPU is an AMD Ryzen 7th and 3rd generation 3800XT product with a fairly high temperature.

▲ Install the AMD installation guide on the water block

▲ Remove the retention plate from the motherboard.

▲ The back plate uses the basic product provided by the motherboard as it is, and a washer is installed to prevent short circuit.

▲ Fix the water block fixing standoff to the back plate

▲ Thermal grease application

▲ Fixing the water block

▲ SATA power connector connection

▲ Connect water block and USB2.0 header for ARGB control

▲ When the fan and ARGB cable are connected, the assembly of the motherboard is finished.

■ LED tuning production

▲ Rainbow RGB is the default setting before software control.

▲ The water block has a rotatable display.

The Water Force ARGB is designed with a water block display that can be rotated up to 330 degrees for ease of assembly, so you can set it to a desired angle after assembling the block regardless of the screen orientation.

▲ RGB FUSION 2.0 software can produce 12 different modes

▲ GIGABYTE AORUS Water Force 360 ​​ARGB LED production video

■ Case mounting and performance testing

▲ The case with the cooler is 3RSYS L700 Black Middle Tower.

◈ Test PC Specifications
CPU AMD Ryzen 7th-3rd Gen 3800XT (Matis)
motherboard ASUS PRIME X470-PRO
VGA PowerColor 라데온 RX 570 Red Devil D5 4GB
storage Western Digital WD BLACK 3D M.2 NVMe (250GB)
case 3RSYS L700 Black

▲ The temperature was tested by applying a load to the CPU for a long time.

The performance test used the HeavyLoad program. It is a tool suitable for checking temperature change by continuously applying 100% load. CPU temperature at idle showed 28 degrees. Due to the characteristics of the AMD CPU, the temperature tends to jump a lot, but the deviation was not large, and the lowest temperature was maintained for quite a long time.

In the red part, the upper left is the CPU temperature, and the lower right is the test running time. After 5 minutes of applying the load, it was 63 degrees, then 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 40 minutes, and 65 degrees in the middle until the last hour, and then immediately went down to 64 degrees, showing a steady appearance without temperature change. The most satisfying part was that the radiator cooling fan noise was barely audible even after running the load for an hour. Even in the 3800XT, where the temperature is quite high, if this level of performance is achieved, it is expected to show excellent performance in high-performance high-end systems.

■ finish

So far, we have looked at the Gigabyte Aorus Waterforce 240/280/360 ARGB water cooler.

GIGABYTE AORUS Water Force water cooling cooler is upgraded to a larger tube compared to the previous product, and the flow rate is increased by 37% to quickly dissipate heat from the CPU. It is designed to be easily connected to the motherboard.

In addition, the Water Force ARGB is designed with a water block display that can be rotated up to 330 degrees for ease of assembly, so you can set it to a desired angle after assembling the block regardless of the screen orientation.

It is a product that satisfies both noise and performance, and users who want to configure a system with 12th generation Intel i7, i9 and Ryzen 5800X or higher CPUs can feel the AORUS sensibility as well as the Gigabyte Aorus Water Force 240/280/360 ARGB purchase list. It would be nice to put it on .