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Asus ROG Ryuo 240 Review

ASUS ROG or Republic of Gamers, despite its popularity, is a relatively new brand. The brand was able to associate itself with some of the best and preferred consumer products that are available in the market today.

When it comes to PC peripherals, it’s safe to say that for now, their branding is best identified with graphics cards and motherboards. And with how well they perform in the industry, this is all set to change.

ASUS is aiming to branch out to reach more areas of computer peripheral designs. Just lately, we were able to check out their ASUS ROG Ryuo 240 CPU Cooler. This is an AIO liquid cooler that is integrated with a 240 radiator.

Aside from this feature, the Ryuo 240 comes with other excellent aspects that make it distinct enough to stand out in the market. It may come off as your regular 240 RGB AIO cooler, but it has a lot more in store for you.

Curious? Well read on and know more about the ASUS ROG Ryuo 240 CPU Cooler. Who knows? It might be something that you’d want to add to your setup.

Asus ROG Ryuo 240 Review – What’s in the Box?

When we got our hands on the Ryuo 240, we really liked how ASUS did their packaging for this CPU cooler. It doesn’t only carry all the branding and colors that are associated with them, but the front portion of the box gives us a nice, clean, and large image of the product. The image includes the fans, radiator, and the CPU block. It also has a nice lightly-embossed silver highlight which is really appealing.

Its rear package gives you all the CPU cooler’s key features, as well as its specifications. What we liked is that these are really easy to read and understand. It’s good that ASUS provided us with great information that shares all the things we need to know about this CPU cooler at a quick glance.

The brand always puts extra effort to their packaging, so it’s something that we can’t miss out as part of the review.

The package opens from the front edge and it comes with an attractive design. It displays the ASUS ROG logo at an angle. We’ve already seen this design and style from ASUS ROG, we’re sure you have too, but definitely never failed to admire and be impressed with the extra touch they give their products.

Out of the box, the included power supply appears similar to every 240mm AIO liquid coolers around. The radiator that’s present seems to lack important features and there are no signs of logos or branding. But if you take a closer look at its pump-head, there you’ll find a bunch of interesting things.

Included in the box are the ASUS ROG Ryuo 240 Liquid Cooler, two 120mm ROG Ryuo cooling fans – Model 12, a pack of brackets and screws, a pre-applied thermal compound, software control USB cable, and a quick start guide.

The Product

Asus ROG Ryuo 240 Review

There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to this ROG Ryuo 240 CPU cooler, and we’re going to start off with the radiator.

Radiator

The radiator is 272 x 121 x 27 millimeters where 27 millimeters is the height or thickness of it. It’s generally a slim radiator and with 25-millimeter fans included, its maximum height would be 52 millimeters.

The unit’s total thickness is about 55 millimeters when assembled, and this is because of the fan screws’ thick heads.

The Ryuo 240’s radiator is made of aluminum which makes it lightweight. Its FPI count reaches 20 on the radiator so it really makes sense to use high air pressure and airflow. All in all, there are 13 channels available on the radiator, and its edges are angular. Far chambers are thinner which is something common on almost all similar coolers.

There is a 105-millimeter spacing between any of the two mounting holes found on the radiator’s housing, with its fins length measuring approximately 240 millimeters. When it comes to the depth, it measures  about 121 millimeters, and the fin stacks’ total thickness is roughly 24.20 millimeters.

On the radiator, there aren’t any protective platings located beneath its mounting holes, so it’s best to take caution when installing the fans here. This is because longer screws can easily damage the fins that would enhance the performance or cause leakage to the radiator.

If you look at the tubes chamber, you’ll find a sticker pasted here which displays the serial number. For the far chamber, there’s another sticker pasted, which is a standard in all AIO.

Technically, the ASUS ROG Ryuo 240 makes use of a sleeved flexible rubbing tubing for enhanced aesthetics. The tubes are about 380 millimeters long and have an OD of about 10.83 millimeters.

CPU Water Block

The CPU block is the Ryuo 240’s main feature, and it is also integrated with the newest cooling-plate style that features micro channels. These give off more thermal consumption area for the processor heat.

This is a creative feature that diminishes thermal resistance for cooler temps and better performance. It is all because of the 6th generation Astek pumps together with a customized ASUS PCB for more function and efficiency.

Its pump housing is made with aluminum and is 80 x 80 x 45 millimeters. It has a nice black color tone finish and it even looks better in person. The housing comes with a circular design which is just as attractive. You’ll also get to see the 90-degree barb fittings with both of tubes on a similar level.

These tubes can be easily spun as per requirements; plus, there are also three flat cables appearing from the back portion which are middled between its fittings. The flat cables that we’re talking about are the following: a SATA cable that measures approximately 310 millimeters, a 4-pin connector cable that is about 295 millimeters, and one Y-splitter cable that is about 276+ 50 millimeters.

The top portion of the block features an NCVM coating which is where all the interesting things come from. It has the industry’s very first instilled all-colors 1.77-inch OLED display which exhibits almost anything as long as the needed requirements of 1MB or less, and 160 x 128 pixels in GIF / JPEG are met. When you look at the top edges of its housing, you’ll see a text of “Republic of Gamers” printed on each reversed sides facing each other.

The right portion of the block features a plain surface without any form of printing or branding. Its left side has a micro USB port that is inset into the housing, and you’ll find this close to the rear side. When it comes to the design, it has an additional depth when it comes to accessing the port. So once you link the packaged micro USB cable right after installing the block, everything would work smoothly. As for the bottom area, it features a 54-millimeter diameter circular base that is crafted from copper. It also comes with a pre-tested and applied thermal paste.

Fans

The fan’s plastic frame is black and has seven impellers which are made to accomodate the high resistance surfaces. Its static pressure rating clearly indicates this. You will also find a reflective ROG eye sticker at the fan’s center. As for the center hub, it has an approximate diameter of 40 millimeters.

On the inner slope of the frame, you will find “Republic of Gamers” embossed; it is close to the top left mounting corner. Compared to the frame’s overall height, the mounting corners have a raised surface. The spacing between every pair of mounting holes is 105 millimeters. Even if the fan’s plastic frame is plastic, its finish resembles brushed aluminum.

For the fan’s backside, this can be assembled using its four arms. One arm has additional inset and width for the cable route. Under the ROG’s eye, you will see “ROG RYUO FAN MODEL 12” printed on this. According to ASUS, these fans offer additional 7% static pressure and 12% airflow unlike other AIOs. What makes these fans much better is that it consumes less power.

Product Features

Live Dash OLED

The ASUS ROG Ryuo 240 is the very first AIO liquid cooler in the world that features an integrated 1.77-inch Live Dash color OLED. It exhibits useful system data like voltages, temperature, fan speed, and frequency.

Not only that, but you can customize animation or image lighting to highlight your clan’s gamertag or insignia.

Subtle, Sleek, & Striking

The Ryuo 240 is infused with the Aura RGB lighting which adds a gentle glow to help light your CPU. It will truly appear as the core of your build just like how a CPU should be. Its lighting effects and color can be customized based on your liking, simply to blend with the OLED display; this also goes for the system colors to get a unified appearance that is completely your own.

Fully Customize of the LiveDash Software

LiveDash is ASUS’ software utility where you can easily adjust the RGB lighting and oLED display settings. You can choose which system stats to keep track of and the select personalized images and graphics to display. It also has an intuitive interface that adjusts the settings step by step. Through this software, you can control the Ryuo’s RGB lighting.

Excellent Synchronization of Lighting Effects

Through ASUS Aura Sync, the Aura RGB lighting can be further improved to achieve harmonized RGB lighting effects even with different external accessories and system components that are enabled by Aura. You can display the type of vibe you want since the Aura software offers full control of lighting throughout every compatible device.

More Compatibility

Another great thing about the ASUS ROG Ryuo 240 is its extended compatibility. You can pair it with the processor of your choice since it is compatible with a wide variety of platforms of AMD and Intel motherboards. It is also fitted with a 38-centimeter tubing which makes routing and mounting easier.

Fan Design Made Better

The radiator fan of ROG has been tuned precisely to perform excellently with the radiators of Ryuo by generating 81 CFM / 5-millimeter h30 for absolute efficiency in cooling.

Fan and Pump Control with Four-Pin PWM

The Ryuo 240 features the four-pin PWM to control the radiator fans and the pump. With that, the ROG Ryuo 240 is able to deliver accurate control for speed to balance its acoustics and performance at all times.

Enhanced Pump Design

The ROG Ryuo 240 comes with the newest design of the cooling plate; this features micro channels that offers increased dissipation of processor heat. It is an innovative feature that helps enhance performance by keeping temperatures low and cool.

Fan Control Software

For the fan control software of the ASUS ROG Ryuo 240, this is the Fan Xpert 4. The primary interface of Fan Xpert looks simple yet great and it makes accessing tools and settings easy. Aside from the settings, it also displays system information which includes your CPU’s temperature, speed, and other details.

The main purpose of the Fan Xpert is to control the CPU fan which is helpful in managing your CPU when you try to overclock. It offers several temperature values for you to know if the fan speed needs to be increased. Basically, it protects and lengthens your the lifespan of your CPU, as well as its components.

Keep in mind that you will require the AI Suite III before you can use the fan control software to access the fans’ settings. You can download this from ASUS’ official website. Under the Fan Xpert software, you will find the ROG Ryuo option; it shows a custom fan curve which you can set, but this is optional. This will only be required if you connect both fans to the Y splitter cable. We mainly used the AI Suite III to check and control the fans’ speed, but we also used it occasionally to track the temperatures.

When using Fan Xpert 4, we were able to set the RPM at 300 in Extreme Quiet mode which is really low and better than what ASUS claims. Fan Xpert can also be used if you need a good balance between fan and CPU speed when you overclock. This is to keep your system’s temperatures low and maintain its performance.

Overall, this fan control program is a great and useful software since you can see complete system information while having full control of your PC’s fans. It’s a great way to prolong your processor’s lifetime.

The OLED Software

ASUS provides us with an all-inclusive software called the Live Dash. This controls the OLED display and is optimized and designed for the ASUS motherboards that function specifically for hardware monitoring. These include CPU frequency, fan speed, voltage, temperature, and more.

You can download Live Dash from ASUS’ official website so you can make it work with your Ryuo 240 or other ASUS ROG coolers. The Live Dash software provides you with a simplified and user friendly interface that gives you and all other users the option to display hardware monitoring statistics  (specific to motherboards from ASUS), logos, texts, animation, banners, photos, and a lot more.

Another good thing about the Live Dash software is that you can use it for the display setup for the OLED. Its Hardware Monitor tab is the place that lets you set parameters such as CPU frequency, temperature, voltage, or fan speed to have the OLED on display.

The next tab here would be the Animation or Image tab.in this tab, you have the option of choosing an image to be displayed, either a .jpg or .gif one. The photo should have a resolution of 160 x 128 pixels while its size is limited to 1MB.

The Custom Banner allows you to input customized text which will show up on the display. It is shown together with the ROG logo which is set on the background.

The last would be the Lighting Control which is for setting up the lighting effects, These are similar to the effects that can be found in the ASUS AI Suite. You can also get the chance to create really cool effects, especially if you have some RGB memory as well. All in all, there are a total of six modes available and these are for the addressable RGB lightings on the cooler.

The six modes include Breathing, Static, Flash & Dash, Strobing, Color Cycle, Strobing, and Rainbow. All in all, the Live Dash software is straightforward and lets you choose what should appear on your screen. A very nice feature especially if you’re someone who’s into customizations and such.

Specifications

Here are the following specifications of the ASUS ROG Ryuo 240:

The radiator has a dimension of 272 x 121 x 27 millimeters and the material used for its body is aluminum. It also comes with a sleeved rubber tube.

It’s good and quite interesting that ASUS bundled the ROG Ryuo Model 12-fans with Ryuo coolers. These are actually the customized fans that have been introduced with the Ryuo coolers, and they completely symbolize the concept of ROG from their designs.

The fans have been rated at 2500 ± 0% RPM, and the static pressure rate is about 5.0 millimeters h30 at 12 VDC.  For the highest airflow rating, it reached 80.95 CFM while the sound pressure has a rate of 37.6 dB(A). As for the power rating, it is 0.60 A and 7.0 W at 12 VDC.

ASUS also included a three-year warranty for their Ryuo 240.

Water Block

  • Water Block Dimension: 80 x 80 x 45 mm
  • Block Material (CPU plate): Copper

Radiator

  • Radiator Dimension: 272 x 121 x 27 mm
  • Radiator Material: Aluminum
  • Tube: Sleeved Rubber tube

Fan

  • Fan: 2 x ROG RYUO FAN Model 12
  • Fan size: 2 Fan Slots (120mm)
  • Fan Dimension: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
  • Fan Speed: 800 ~ 2500 RPM +/- 10 %
  • Fan Static Pressure: 5. 0 mmh3O
  • Fan Air Flow: 80.95 CFM
  • Fan Noise: 37 dB(A)
  • Control Mode: PWM

Special Features

  • OLED Display: 1.77 ” Full Color OLED
  • AURA Sync Support: Yes

Package Contents

  • ROG RYUO 240 Liquid Cooler
  • Accesory Pack of Scews and brackets
  • 2 x 120mm ROG Ryuo Fan Model 12
  • USB Cable for Software control
  • Thermal compound (pre-applied)
  • Quick Start Guide

Using the Product

ASUS’ Republic of Gamers brand is well-known for its high-performance devices. Because of that, we also expected good results from the Ryuo 240 cooler when handling temperatures. In fact, its performance is top-notch despite being just a 240 cooler and it even beats the larger AIO coolers.

While using the test system we noticed that the cooler was managing to keep the CPU nice and cool. Its stock performance was at around 46℃ during load and 33℃ when we were gaming. When the PC was at idle the temperature was around 23℃.

This is one of the lowest temperatures we’ve got compared to other coolers that we’ve tested which is why it’s really effective. With these results, we can really say that it is a high-performing cooler.

The cooler would be ideal for those of you that want to overclock and you should see some great results when using the stock thermal paste. If you want to go that little bit further you can swap the stock paste out with a premium 3rd party thermal compound.

For the RGB lighting, the effects looked really great in all six modes. We really loved the colors since it’s not overdone and its lighting is even and smooth, providing better visuals.

Now for it’s overall performance, we really think that it’s worth the purchase. It performed excellently and delivered great results. With this, we think that the Ryuo 240 is worth the purchase.

Conclusion

The ASUS ROG Ryuo offers customers unique and special features for AIO coolers. For the Ryuo 240, it’s the OLED display that you can customize. You can even use your own images and logos to display on its pump module without having to undergo difficult modifications like in other coolers.

This enthusiast-grade AIO cooler retains all the great features of the previous Ryujin model but is offered at a more affordable price.

The ASUS ROG Ryuo also comes with the first embedded all-color display screen in the industry. Its RGB lighting effects make absolutely stunning effects which we really liked.

For the cooler’s fans, it perfectly complements the entire bold appearance of the unit and the best thing about this is that it’s more than the looks. As we mentioned earlier, it delivered great performance and kept our CPU’s temperatures low and cool.

If you’re looking for a cooler that offers both looks and performance, we highly recommend the ASUS ROG Ryuo 240.

Where to Buy

You can pickup the ASUS ROG Ryuo 240 AIO cooler for around $249AUD. For more information head on over to the official product page.

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Complete Water Cooling with OLED Display

With the ASUS ROG RYUO All-in-One complete water cooling the Taiwanese manufacturer complements its range of PC hardware. Known primarily for motherboards and graphics cards, the Taiwanese manufacturer has gradually expanded its Republic for Gamers series, specifically designed for PC gamers: PC monitors, mice & keyboards, headsets, ROG-branded PC cases, ASUS ROG-specified memory and power supplies. The ASUS ROG RYUO All-in-One complete water cooling now complements the ROG series with a CPU cooler and uses an OLED display.

We have tested the 240 mm model and even if the cooling performance can be rated as “good”, criticism of the software has to be mentioned. More about this in the following test report.

Technical Data & Contents of Delivery

Here is an overview of the technical data of the ASUS ROG RYUO 240 All-in-One complete water cooling system :

Radiator:

Dimensions (with fan): 272 x 121 x 52 mm (W x H x D)
Dimensions (with fan): 272 x 121 x 27 mm (W x H x D)
Material: Aluminium (painted black)

CPU cooler:

Dimensions: 80 x 45 x 80 mm (W x H x D)
Base plate material: Copper
Hose length: 380 mm

Compatibility:

Intel socket: 115x, 1366, 2011, 2066
AMD socket: AM4, TR4

Fan:

Type: 2x 120 mm (ROG RYUO Model 12)
Speed: 800 – 2,500 rpm +/- 10%
Delivery volume: max. 133.6 m³/h
Static pressure: 5.0 mmh3O
Volume: max. 37 dB(A)
Connection: 4-pin PWM

Contents of delivery:

  • ROG RYUO 240 240 All-in-One complete water cooling
  • 2x 120mm ROG Ryuo Fan Model 12
  • fastening material
  • USB cable for software (USB 2.0 header required)
  • heat conducting paste (already applied)
  • Quick Start Guide

Workmanship & Design

The workmanship of the ASUS ROG RYUO 240 All-in-One complete water cooling is good and in the radiator only slightly bent lamellas could be detected at one point. The pump housing makes a robust impression and the hoses are sleeved. The round CPU cooler is black and has an RGB LED ring at the base, which can be controlled via the LiveDash software (select operating system, then click “more displays”) or ASUS Aura Sync. Both radiator and fan are also black.

The unique feature of the ASUS ROG RYUO 240 All-in-One Complete Water Cooling is the OLED display on the pump housing. The OLED display shows the ASUS ROG logo in its default setting, but can be set individually using the LiveDash software mentioned above. For this the display must be connected to the mainboard with the enclosed cable (free USB 2.0 header required).

Even the use of own logos and GIF files is possible in principle, however the software is very restrictive and also very “choosy” when recognizing such files. At the same time, the requirements for the files differ from those on the ASUS side and even depending on the software version used. If you do not want to use the OLED display, you can deactivate it together with the RGB lighting.

At this point you can also point out that the ASUS ROG RYUO 240 All-in-One complete water cooling is equipped with many cables that have to be laid from the pump casing. In addition to a SATA connector for the power supply of the pump-display combination, the 4-PIN header for connecting the cooler to the mainboard and two connectors for the two fans must be laid on the radiator. In addition, there is the unnecessarily long and thickly sheathed USB cable. These are comparatively many cables that have to be laid and hidden accordingly so that the look is not neglected.

The Installation

The installation of the ASUS ROG RYUO 240 All-in-One complete water cooling does not differ from the installation of comparable CPU coolers. The mounting for Intel sockets is mounted ex works, which in our case has to be replaced by the mounting for AMD sockets.

Simply push the mounting frame from the small brackets on the pump casing, turn it slightly to one side and pull it off the casing. The AMD frame is then pushed past the brackets, rotated slightly and pushed onto the brackets with the clamps. The small manual explains the step with pictures. Normally this should not take a full minute.

When mounting the fans on the radiator, you first have to decide whether the radiator or the fans want to sit directly on the housing and whether the radiators should blow air out of the housing or suck air in. In this case the radiator should be mounted on the case cover and the fans should blow air out of the case. After the radiator has been prepared, the spacers for AMD sockets are screwed directly into the mainboard brackets. If the brackets for CPU coolers with a clamp are still on the mainboard, they must be dismantled!

Now the CPU cooler can be put on the spacers. When tightening the screws you should tighten them crosswise. When all four screws are hand-tightened, you should tighten them with a screwdriver but be careful not to tighten them too tightly. Now the SATA connector has to be connected to a corresponding cable of the power supply and the PWM fan connector has to be plugged into the CPU cooler header of the mainboard. The fans of the radiator can be connected directly to the mainboard or to the water cooler. If you want to use the OLED display, you have to connect it to a USB 2.0 header of the mainboard with the included cable.

Volume & Power

The volume of the ASUS ROG RYUO 240 All-in-One complete water cooling can be compared with similar models. While the rotational speed of the fans and thus their volume is adjustable, the volume of the pump cannot really be influenced, so that it can be heard constantly. However, if you buy an AiO CPU cooler, you should accept in advance that it won’t be as quiet as a tower cooler.

To compare the temperatures, I let the CPU run for about eight minutes in idle, then ran a 3-minute benchmark followed by a 20-minute load test in Prime95. The measurement of the temperatures as well as the short benchmark was done by CPU-Z. The tests were delayed so that the ambient temperature of the individual tests did not coincide, but should not influence the tendency of the results.

AMD Stock cooler in idle mode

AMD stock cooler under load

AMD Stock Cooler Prime 95

With the AMD CPU cooler, the CPU was running at 50 degrees Celsius in idle at 50 °C, the short benchmark increased the average temperature to approx. 55 °C. The CPU was running at 50 degrees Celsius in idle at 50 °C, the short benchmark increased the average temperature to approx. 55 °C. After 20 minutes of Prime95, the average temperature for the 31 minutes of the test was 72 °C, the maximum temperature during the tests was 82 °C. The average temperature for the 31 minutes of the test was 72 °C, and the maximum temperature during the tests was 82 °C.

ASUS ROG RYUO in idle mode

ASUS ROG RYUO under load

ASUS ROG RYUO Prime95

The ASUS ROG RYUO 240 All-in-One complete water cooling cooled the CPU to an average of 43 °C in idle mode. During the short benchmark the average temperatures rose to approx. 47 degrees Celsius. With a maximum temperature of 63 °C during the Prime95 test and an average temperature of 57 °C during the 31-minute test, the ASUS ROG RYUO 240 All-in-One Complete Water Cooling was able to prove its cooling potential.

Conclusion of the ASUS ROG RYOU 240 Review

The ASUS ROG RYUO 240 All-in-One complete water cooling fulfils its purpose: it cools the CPU. The “unique selling point” in the form of the OLED display looks good, but the setting and individualization of the software can actually be rated as a smooth “6”. The ASUS Aura Sync software installed on the system had to be completely reinstalled after the LiveDash software was installed. Using a custom logo didn’t really work and there were big discrepancies between two versions of the software. Unfortunately, not optimally functioning software in the RGB range is nothing new.

As for the volume, I can only say: quieter than the AMD standard cooler. Otherwise, quiet is something else. But since no tower cooler fits into the Lian Li-Tower used, an AiO with 240 mm radiator offers an acceptable solution. Optically ASUS ROG RYUO 240 All-in-One complete water cooling fits the used ASUS ROG hardware (ROG Strix GTX 1080 A8G, ROG Strix X470) and the RGB LED lighting can be synchronized via ASUS Aura Sync.

The OLED display itself offers a quite sharp resolution and to see the CPU temperature with a short look at the pump itself can be interesting from time to time. But if you don’t need the OLED or the RGB-LEDs, you can deactivate them quickly and easily via software.

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Review ASUS ROG RYUO 120 – Specs | Testing

Review ASUS ROG RYUO 120 [CPU AIO Liquid Cooler]  – After seeing how powerful ASUS offers us in the ROG RYUO 240 version, this time we wanted to see how the smaller version of these AIO liquid cooling systems would be shared. The ASUS ROG RYUO 120 as its name says, is a 120mm AIO in its radiator and with a single fan, which brings with it all the features of its older brother, OLED screen, USB connection and AURA SYNC as main features.

The large number of manufacturers that usually only manufactured video cards or motherboards, have made the refrigeration market even narrower than it already was, manufacturers such as EVGA, MSI, GIGABYTE and again ASUS, give a lot of options for The consumer, however, this density in the market tends to confuse which model is better, if I have a non-ASUS plate, will the refrigeration system serve that it is? Against this we must make it clear, the cooling system as such, is and will always be independent of the motherboard manufacturer, the compatibilities are linked to extra qualities of the component beyond its physical potential.

Specs.

specs
Water block Water Block Dimension: 80 x 80 x 45 mm
Block Material (CPU plate): Copper
CPU Socket Support: Intel: LGA 115x, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066 ; AMD: AM4, TR4 *
Radiator Radiator Dimension: 150 x 122 x 27 mm
Radiator Material: Aluminum
Tube: Sleeved Rubber tube
Tube Length: 380mm
Fan Fan: 1 x ROG RYUO FAN Model 12
Fan size: 1 Fan Slots (120mm)
Fan Dimension: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
Fan Speed: 800 ~ 2500 RPM +/- 10%
Fan Static Pressure: 5.0 mmh3O
Fan Air Flow: 80.95 CFM / 137.5 m3h
Fan Noise: 37.6 dB (A)
Control Mode: PWM
Special Features OLED Display: 1.77 “Full Color OLED
AURA Sync Support: Yes
Compatibility Intel: LGA 1150, 1151, 1152, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066
AMD: AM4, TR4 *
Package Content ROG RYUO 120 Liquid Cooler
Accesory Pack of Scews and brackets
1 x 120mm ROG Ryuo Fan Model 12
USB Cable for Software control
Thermal compound (pre-applied)
Quick Start Guide
Warranty 3 years
Price PCFactory: $ 142,490

First look.

Just like the 240 model, this version in 120 has the same packaging (in a small size).

Mentioning its characteristics, the back side shows that this model has the same qualities as its 240mm older brother.

Internally ASUS packed each component carefully so as not to encounter any element with any blow in the way.

The great diversity of accessories give this cooling solution, the possibility of supporting all the sockets that we can currently find in the market.

Inside we can find 1x 120mm fan, which will be the only active component in refrigeration.

1.77 ″ OLED display

120mm radiator, with a 2.8cm.

Testing and Methodology Platform.

Test Platform
Processor – Intel Core i7 8086K
Motherboard – ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X APEX
Memories – G. Skill TridentZ 3200MHz 2x8GB
Refrigeration – ASUS ROG RYUO 120
Graphics card – NVIDIA GTX 1070 Ti
Power supply – Corsair RM1000X
Storage – SAMSUNG 960PRO 512GB SSD M. 2
Monitor – ASUS MG28UQ
  • Windows 10 Pro x64 operating system.
  • The tests were performed in an environment with a temperature of approximately 25 ° C.
  • The platform was used without a cabinet.
  • The temperature measurement in “load” was the result of 5min of stress through LinX.
  • Overclock @ 5.3 GHz 1.41Vcore

Installation.

Software – ASUS LiveDash.

Like the 240 mm version through the USB connection of the pump to the motherboard, it will allow us to directly obtain everything that happens internally, as well as to be able to control the screen that is located in this area, all this to through the ASUS LiveDash utility.

On the main screen we will find the information we would like to see on the screen, in this case the system information in real time, temperature and frequency of the processor.

Another option that also allows us to display a personalized image, either a static image or GIF.

To further personalize what we want to show on the screen, we can include a text about the images.

And as expected, the lighting in both the tones of this and in the form is also possible to control from this software.

Results

Conclusion.

ASUS this time has neglected important elements within the product, we see how it involves greater emphasis on aesthetic aspects rather than elements that contribute to the actual use of the product, which in this case is refrigeration. While the performance that a cooling system can offer also goes from how much you are investing in it, they are factors that we must separate to some extent. Speaking of this particular model, which only has a difference of approximately $ 20 dollars with its older brother, the cooling potential it has is poor, at the price range in which it is located we have cheaper and better performance options, basically the price of this model is given by the OLED screen more than other elements, it is very likely that this model without a screen, would be positioned at a range lower than $ 100,000 CLP, competing directly with a Corsair H60 (see. 2018).

Compatibility and installation, it is the unquestionably strongest factor that this model has, as well as in the 240mm version, a complete support for today’s sockets, from what LGA-115x and AM4 to what are HEDT sockets like TR4 (this thanks to the bracket that comes inside the CPUs) and LGA-2066.

After analyzing the results and putting in the balance important factors, such as price, support, performance, installation and design, unfortunately it has failed to find our recommended level, clearly the price and performance factors, both individually and as a whole, weigh When deciding. We can see in the local market that we have 120mm refrigeration systems the second place in price (highest to lowest), it is in the $ 90,000 CLP, it is a difference of $ 50,000, something that aesthetics, compatibility and installation are not capable of compensate, not to mention that under $ 100,000 we have 240mm models with great potential, such as the NZXT Kraken X62 or even the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R RGB.

ASUS ROG Ryujin 240 AIO Cooler Review

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by David Schroth

Introduction

Today will again be using our new AIO test platform that is capable of putting out enough heat to make even the devil sweat. We do this to test AIO liquid cooling solutions that are likely to be used with some of today’s most demanding CPUs. So, on the bench today is the ASUS ROG Ryujin 240 liquid CPU water cooler (90RC0030-M0AAY0) which is currently the 240mm AIO cooler entry from ASUS. This is also a ROG branded product so we expect it to also be more of a flagship product than entry-level.

ASUS ROG Ryujin 240 Overview

The ASUS ROG Ryujin 240 is an all in one (AIO) CPU cooler that is designed to work on a wide variety of sockets The supported CPU socket includes Intel and AMD with Intel’s LGA 1150/1151/1152/1155/1156/1366/2011/2011-3/2066 and AMD’s AM4/TR4*. It supports ASUS Aura Sync RGB.

*The mounting bracket is bundled with TR4 CPU Package, not in the RYUJIN’s package according to ASUS.

Water Block

The water block used by ASUS today is different from many of the others we have seen to date. The water block design features a round copper base plate with pre-applied TIM.

The cube-shaped water block includes the pump (and fan) and measures approximately 100x100x70mm. This makes it one of the larger water blocks on an AIO we have seen to date.

Pump

The pump used with the ASUS ROG Ryujin 240 AIO is unique in our reviews in that it includes an OLED display and a fan. The embedded 1.77″ full-color OLED display can be controlled via the ASUS AURA SYNC system. It displays useful system information such as temperatures.

Video Credit: ASUS

The other unique feature, the embedded fan, is supposed to result in excellent performance and provide extra cooling for your CPU VRMs and an M. 2 slot. The embedded PWM fan features a fan speed of 4800 RPM +/-10% at 31 dB(A). The claimed airflow is 19.41 CFM at a static air pressure of 3.23 mmH20.

Radiator

The 240mm radiator liquid CPU cooler is designed to hold two 120mm fans and measures 272 mm x 122 mm x 27 mm. By our count, the aluminum radiator sports a density of 21 fins per inch.

Fans

The included NF-F12 fans are PWM fans provided by Noctua. The NF-F12 fans support a listed fan speed of 450 to 2000 RPM +/-10% at a reported noise level of up to 29.7 dB(A). The stated airflow is 71.6 CFM with a static pressure of 3.94 mm h3O.

RGB

The addressable RGB led lighting features in the water block are certainly interesting today as they go above and beyond the normal abilities we see. Besides being able to change the RGB patterns using ASUS AURA SYNC software, the onboard OLED can display system information when using compatible ASUS motherboards. Additionally, the embedded OLED is programmable such that you can display GIF and JPG images at a resolution of 160 x 128 pixels on your pump. The RGB connectivity and image display ability are proprietary and lock you into ASUS’s ecosystem. However, unlike the lock-in, we saw with Corsair, and their iCUE software, we get expanded features in the trade-off for open support. So, while being locked in with software is always much less user friendly, at least there is a decent trade-off as we gain something out of the lock-in other than just being stuck.

Let’s move on now to our test setup and installation of the ASUS ROG Ryujin 240.

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David is a computer hardware enthusiast that has been tinkering with computer hardware for the past 25 years.
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Asus ROG Ryujin 360 CPU Liquid Cooler Review 2022

When it comes to PC Components, AsusTek is among one of the best names we have in the market. It was founded in 1989 in Taiwan. Ever since its foundation, Asus has seen a phenomenal growth and diversity in its business line. When it comes to Asus, the first associated name that comes to mind is ROG or Republic of Gamers.

ROG brand was introduced in 2006 and it focuses on mainstream gamers/enthusiasts with products ranging from Motherboard, Graphics Cards to Peripherals. ROG is now the pinnacle of the Asus products lineup. Strix has been a new addition in ROG lineup and here is what Asus is saying about it: “ROG Strix is the newest recruit into the Republic of Gamers. If you are curious, how this cooler is useful, an example is that we labeled ASUS ROG Yuijin as Best 360mm Liquid Cooler For Ryzen 9 5900x.

A series of specialized gaming gear designed for the rebel in all of us, Strix exemplifies ROG’s premier performance, innovative technology, and leading quality, but with its own confident and dynamic attitude. Featuring bold designs and bright colors, this exciting new series possesses a spirit of fierce individualism that charges every gaming experience with thrilling energy. ROG Strix equips players with the necessary speed and agility to dominate their game. A new generation of force has arrived. Join the Republic and experience the power of ROG Strix.”

Computex 2018 has been full of surprises and Asus booth was not behind this surprise Pandora box. Asus showcased their ROG branded CPU Liquid Coolers, Power Supply, and concept chassis designs, all there to further expand into their ROG Ecosystem. They definitely took the audience by surprise. But this was expected given the recent trends in the industry where companies like Gigabyte are releasing their branded coolers, RAMs and what not. ROG being the elitist of all could not lag behind and has made a superb, stylish, and bold entry into a complete ROG branded build concept – coming at more premium pricing.

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Asus Rog Ryujin 360 Review

Asus has sent us their ROG Ryujin and Ryuo CPU Coolers for the review and man was I not thrilled for them! Indeed I was and that is I made a request to Asus for the review samples at earliest to give these bad boys a spin and see that hold for the enthusiasts/gamers. Today, I will be taking a look at their flagship thermal solution aka Asus ROG Ryujin 360 Review.

Asus has partnered with Asetek fruiting their idea of seeding the CPU cooling. What is this naming all about? Well, RYUO is a dragon king in Japanese mythology that symbolizes the power of the ocean and is known as a water deity associated with controlling the water tides with magical tide jewels. Ryujin is the premium cooling solution from the Asus under ROG brand with a reliable foundation and unique enhancements like Aura Sync lighting, 60mm fan in the pump housing for near CPU socket area cooling, and a full-color LiveDash OLED, this liquid cooler brings ROG engineering to a vital part of your PC. This segment has two variants at the moment; 240mm and 360mm.

I will be testing a 360mm version. This cooler features Noctua iPPC 2000 PWM fans with airflow of up to 121.8 CFM at 3.94 mmH₂O static pressure while spinning at 2000 RPM. At the core of the cooling is the Asetek 6th generation pump harnessing the cooling potential of the Asus ROG Coolers with the splendid mix of the 1. 77” full-color OLED display which is embedded on the top of the block. The housing of the block is made of aluminum and looks that good in person. This is not all as the block also features the addressable RGB lighting as well as a 60mm fan for VRM and M.2 cooling. And as expected this lighting is fully compatible with the AURA Sync lighting.

Asus has provided a simple yet robust software called LiveDash to control and customize the output on the OLED display. The user can set it to display the frequency, temperature voltage of the CPU (limited to Asus motherboards only). The user can also set it to display an animation on the screen or pre-defined set of images and banners. As long as the resolution size is 160×128 pixels, with less than 1 MB size in JPEG and GIF, the opportunities are endless. This cooler is compatible with Intel LGA 115x, 1366, 20xx, and AMD’s AM4 and TR4. Please, note that you would need to buy a kit for the TR4. Asus is offering 3 years of warranty on these coolers.

  • Item:                    Asus Rog Ryujin 360 Review
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Asus Rog 360mm Specifications:

Please, note that correct airflow rating is 71.74CFM.

Asus Rog 360mm Packaging and Unboxing:

The cooler is shipped in a standard ROG styling packing box made of cardboard. The front side has black color background with the Asus Republic of Gamers brand logo and name printed in the red color on the top left. ROG RYUJIN 360 is printed in silver color. There is a picture of the unit showing the RGB lighting and OLED display on the block. Asus AURA Sync compatible info label is printed at the bottom right.

The backside of the box has Asus ROG brand name and logo printed on the top left in the red color followed by silver color printing of the Asus Rog Ryujin 360 Review. There are four pictures of the unit highlighting the special features of the cooler. Specifications are printed below the pictures. Compliance labels to the various regulations are printed at the bottom.

The left and the right sides are identical. They have a black color background and has ROG RYUJIN 360 printed in the silver color. Liquid CPU Cooler is printed in the red color below.

The top side solid has red color background with ROG Eye printed in the black color in the center.

The bottom side has salient features printed in 10 different languages. There is a white color sticker pasted at the bottom right having information like UPC, EAN, Serial no, and Part No of the unit.

Opening the box will show standard ROG styling inside on the underside of the top cover. There is an Asus ROG brand name and logo printed in the center. The egged carton can be seen which adds rigidity and further protection to the contents.

Asus Rog Ryujin 360 Box Contents:

Following are included:

  • 1x Radiator
  • 3x 120mm Noctua iPPC 2000 PWM fans
  • 1x Intel Backplate
  • 1x Intel Mounting Bracket
  • 1x AMD Mounting Bracket
  • 4x Thumbscrew caps
  • 24x Washers
  • 12x UNC 6-32x30mm Fan Screws
  • 4x Intel LGA 115x/1366 Standoffs
  • 4x Intel LGA 20xx Standoffs
  • 4x AM4 Standoffs
  • 12x UNC 6-32x8mm Radiator Screws
  • 1x Micro USB cable
  • User Manual

Asus 3600mm Closer Look:

Asus has made an entry into the paraphernalia of the PC components with the launch of their ROG CPU Coolers named RYUJIN and RYUO followed by the Thor PSU and Chassis. They have expanded further into the ROG ecosystem which may have roots in the industry norm at the moment; nevertheless, it is a pleasing moment for the ROG lovers.

They seemed to have come out of the focusing mainly on the graphics cards and the motherboards which are highly popular for their functionality, and styling. Maybe for ROG users, the price is of secondary concern and if that is not the case then the prices of these coolers may surprise and shock them. Coming back to the main objective of this content, here is what Asus is saying about the RYUJIN coolers, “ROG RYUJIN is a flagship all0in0one cooler for high-end builds designed to deliver the best thermal performance.

Featuring Noctua industrialPPC fans for cooler and quieter operation, plus an embedded fan in the pump housing for additional cooling to the VRM and M.2, ROG RYUJIN keeps your system running its absolute best. Coupled with a color OLED that display system stats or custom graphics and Aura Sync RGB lighting, ROG RYUJIN is the ultimate thermal solution designed to become a vital part of your gaming rig.

Asus Rog 360mm Radiator:

It is time to look into the design of this cooler followed by our testing to see what it offers to the users. The dimension of the radiator is 394x121x27mm where 27mm is the thickness or height of the radiator. It is a slim radiator. With 25mm fans, the total height would be 52mm. The total thickness of the unit when assembled was 55.35mm as measured with the digital caliper. This is due to the thick heads of the fan screws.

The radiator is made of aluminum hence it is lightweight. FPI count is 20 on this radiator and fans with high airflow and air pressure make sense here. There are 13 channels in the radiator. The edges of the radiator are angular.

The far chamber is relatively thinner which is what we see on almost all AIO coolers. There is 105mm of spacing between any two mounting holes on the radiator housing. The total length of the fins area is 360mm approximately. The width of the radiator is 121mm.

 

The total thickness of the fin stack is roughly 24. 16mm approximately. There is no protective plating under the mounting holes on this radiator so take care while installing the fans on it as long screws could easily damage the fins that would least impact the performance or worst leakage from the radiator.

 

There is a sticker pasted on the tubes chamber showing the serial no. The far chamber has a sticker pasted on it as well which is standard in all the AIO where Asetek is the OEM. This cooler is using flexible rubber tubing with sleeves on for better aesthetics. The length of the tube is 380mm. The tubes have OD of 10.82mm as measured with the digital caliper.

Rog 360mm Water Block:

Let’s take a look at the main showcase of this cooler which is the CPU block. Asus Rog Ryujin 360 Review is equipped with the latest cooling-plate design featuring micro-channels that provide more thermal dissipation area for processor heat. According to Asus, the Ryujin’s cold plate has 30% lower thermal resistance standing at 0. 12 °C/W.

This innovative feature enhances the performance efficiency and better cooler temps much thanks to the 6th generation of Asetek pumps with Asus customized PCB for added functionality. The pump housing seems to be made of plastic and measures 100x100x70mm.

It is finished in black color tone and it looks damn impressive in person. There is a top cover which is removable. Underneath, we can see that block has two portions design with the top portion having the full-color OLED display and addressable RGB lighting solution.

The underside of the PCB can be seen on the top part. There is a gap between the top and the lower portion. A 60mm fan can be seen in the housing. This is another feature of the Ryujin where the embedded fan can be used to lower the temperatures of the VRM/M.2 located nearby the CPU socket area.

Indeed the idea is good as I have measured the temperature difference which can be seen in the Test section. The top side of the upper portion has a frosted white color diffuser in a line design located on the right side of the 1. 77” full-color OLED screen. It features the industry’s first ever embedded all colors 1.77” OLED display which can display almost anything as long as the requirements of 160×128 pixels in JPEG/GIF and less than 1MB size are met.

Asus has provided a comprehensive software called LiveDash to control the OLED Display and it has been optimized for Asus motherboards for hardware monitoring like CPU frequency, temperature, voltage, fan speeds etc. The user has the option of flipping the display 180° so there is no need to worry about deciding upon the layout of the block when installing.

Notice the two rounded cutouts on the top and at the bottom. These have powerful magnets (silver shining can be seen in the picture). Why I am saying that they are powerful because during my testing, I passed a Noctua screwdriver nearby one of these holes and it catches the screwdriver quickly and grasp was quite powerful that one can easily feel. They are there to catch the metallic screws located on the inner side of the top cover so that top cover can be secured on the pump housing. The upper portion measures 87x74mm.

Let’s take a look at the top cover before looking at the rest of the pump housing. The cover is made of plastic. It measures 100x94x46mm (LxDxH). Here 94 is the maximum depth of the cover taken from its edges. As the central portion is recessed, it measures 81mm from the center. There are cutouts on all four sides of the cover (even they are done in style!). This is a must-have design part to provide enough room for the 60mm fan to intake fresh air otherwise the fan would have been choked to the point of no benefit.

 

The top view of the cover shows the NCVM coating covering the entire length of the OLED screen side. There is a vented portion between the NCVM coated area and the opposite side. These vents are facing the addressable RGB diffuser. The addressable RGB lighting comes through these vents. Republic of Gamers is printed on the right side area which has plain surface finished in brushed aluminum styling.

The inner side of the cover shows two black color metallic screw heads. These make contact with the magnetic cutouts on the upper portion of the pump housing as mentioned above.

The pump housing is not a circular design. In fact, it is hard to explain its resemblance with any geometrical shape for its front side has a pointy tip if we look at it from the sides. Looking at the back side of the housing, we can see the 90° barb fittings with both tubes at the same level.  Tubes can be rotated easily as per the requirement.

There are four cables coming out from the backside:

  • 1x SATA cable measuring 298mm approximately
  • 1x 4-pin connector cable measuring 305mm approximately
  • 1x 3 way-splitter cable for fans measuring 282+50+50mm approximately
  • 1x Micro USB cable measuring 935mm approximately

The ROG Ryuo coolers have a detachable micro-USB cable whereas the ROG Ryujin coolers have this cable permanently attached to the block. This does add in the overall cable management challenge and if the user is not good at it, the bulk of cables could ruin the impressive OLED display and RGB lighting. Notice how these cables are coming out of the block. They are not combined at a single point but at three points. The front side of the housing has Republic of Gamers branding at the bottom. The left and the right sides are plain surfaces. The overall design of the pump housing is quite bold and impressive with lining style, particularly on the front side.

 

The top portion is attached to the lower portion using four arms on the frame of the housing. It is done in style as well to complement the overall looks though it will be hidden inside the top cover most of the time. As mentioned above, there is a 60mm fan installed inside the pump housing to cool the VRM/M.2 drive located near the CPU socket. Here are some specifications of this fan:

Variable Value
Speed (RPM) 4800 ± 10%
Static Pressure (mmH₂O) 3. 23
Air Flow (CFM) 19.41
Noise 31 dB(A)

 

This fan is quite noisy and it can only be controlled from the AiSuite software. The user is rather forced to install AiSuite to control the speed of this fan to bring the noise level down.

Now that we have taken a look at the block, it is time to take a peek at the bottom. We have a 54mm diameter circular base made of copper and come with pre-applied thermal paste. It seems like Asetek has upped their game in the thermal paste as I have tested the cooler with stock paste and the Noctua NT-h2 and performance difference coming from the thermal paste is not large by any means. Intel mounting bracket comes pre-installed. It can easily be taken off to install AMD mounting bracket. Unfortunately, I could not get much information about the pump but it is rated at 12VDC using 3.9W giving us the hint on the current rating of 0.325Amps. The maximum RPM on the pump as reported in the BIOS was 2783 RPM and I have found it to be silent even running at full speed.

Asus Rog Ryujin 360 Fans:

Asus has done what I had been doing for quite some time on my own. That is, buy an AIO cooler of Asetek OEM and instead of using the stock fans, use the Noctua iPPC fans. The expensive ordeal for sure but worth it. Asus seems to have taken the aggressive approach on their premium flagship cooling solution as they have collaborated with Noctua to provide the users with ultimate cooling power using the Noctua’s industrialPPC fans. Let’s take a look at their specifications:

Variable Value
Dimension (mm) 125x125x25
Speed (RPM) 2000 ± 10%
Static Pressure (mmH₂O) 3.94 at 12V
Air Flow (CFM) 71.74
Noise 29.7 dB(A)
Control 4-pin PWM
Voltage (VDC) 12
Current (Amp) 0.1
Power (W) 1. 2
MTTF >150,000 hrs
Cable Length (mm) 316 (approx)

 

Asus is showing the airflow of these fans as 121.8 CFM whereas Noctua website is showing this reading to be at 121.8 m³/h. If we take the correct unit to be m³/h then the actual CFM comes out to be 71.74 by multiplying the 121.8 m³/h by 0.589. I have run it with Asus and Noctua. The correct airflow on these NF-F12 is indeed 71.74 CFM as confirmed by the Noctua.

The Noctua NF-F12 iPPC (Protected Performance Cooling) 2000 PWM fan is a ruggedized high-speed version of the award-winning retail model. Thanks to the outstanding aerodynamic efficiency of the NF-F12 design and the use of a novel three-phase motor, the industrialPPC version provides superior airflow and pressure capacity while keeping noise levels and power consumption moderate as against comparable high-speed fans.

While its fiberglass reinforced polyamide construction and certified water and dust protection (IP52) make the NF-F12 industrialPPC suitable for operation in challenging environments, the renowned SSO2 bearing technology guarantees an MTTF of over 150. 000hrs. The NF-F12 industrialPPC is an ideal choice for highly demanding applications that require superior flow rates and ultimate dependability. We have reviewed the NF-F12 iPPC 3000 PWM earlier. You can check the review of the iPPC fans by clicking here.

These fans have 7 impellers designed to work in tandem with the focused flow frame that features eleven stator guide vanes to straighten, channel and focus the airflow hence making these fans ideal for highly resistant surfaces like radiators. The NF-F12’s stator guide vanes are set out in Varying Angular Distance and feature Vortex-Control Notches. Both measures help to spread the noise emission over a broader frequency spectrum and thus make the fan’s sound pattern more agreeable to the human ear.

Noctua’s AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) frames feature integrated anti-vibration pads as well as Noctua’s proprietary Stepped Inlet Design and Inner Surface Microstructures, both of which further refine the fan’s performance/noise efficiency. These fans are using Noctua’s legendary SSO2 bearings to provide even better stabilization, precision, and durability. In order to guarantee the highest possible degree of manufacturing precision, minimum tolerance and excellent long-term stability, the NF-F12 industrialPPC sports a CNC milled bearing shell made entirely from brass. Custom-designed PWM IC with SCD Supporting fully automatic PWM speed control, the NF-F12 industrialPPC uses Noctua’s custom-designed NE-FD2 PWM IC for three-phase motors.

The NE-FD2 integrates Noctua’s proprietary Smooth Commutation Drive (SCD) technology, which suppresses PWM switching noises and thus makes the fan quieter at lower speeds. All these features are supported by a 3-phase motor design. There are black color anti-vibration pads on each mounting corner which can be replaced with their Chomrax series of anti-vibration pads available in 6 colors.

The backside of the fan has a different design as compared to the standard 4-arms assembly design. We have 1 stator guide vanes holding and securing the motor hub with the frame. There is a sticker pasted on the center with Noctua brand logo printed on its top. NF-F12 industrial-2000 PWM is printed in the center. These fans are drawing much less power as compared to the Asus ROG Model 12 fans introduced with the Asus Rog Ryujin 360 Review.

OLED Display and RGB Lighting:

Before moving on to the installation and testing sections, let’s take a look at the Vortex software to control the OLED display and AURA Sync lighting on this cooler. All Asus ROG coolers are AURA Sync compatible which helps the users to synchronize their complete lighting solution based on Asus hardware.

AURA SDK is also available for the other manufacturers and developers. LiveDash can be downloaded from the Asus website and they work with the Asus ROG coolers. This software has simplified interface which is appreciated and provides the users with the options to show hardware monitoring stats (only for Asus motherboards), animations, logos, pictures, texts, banners, you name it.

The main interface will show the Hardware Monitor as the default menu. The interface has ROG eye printed on the top left side. There is an option to turn the OLED display off/on. There is an option to rotate the display 180° under the OLED display. I really appreciate the Asus design team to take care of this minute detail as it will free the users from the orientation of the block while installing it. Also, as I have tested the cooler on the PrimoChill Praxis WetBench which is an open-air test bench chassis, this feature came handy when I was monitoring the hardware stats while sitting in my chair.

 

Please, note that you would need AiSuite to control and monitor the fans connected with the cooler. AiSuite can be downloaded from the Asus website. Under the Fan Xpert, there will be two entries with the name ROG RYUJIN Fan and Fan 1 showing the custom fan curve which the user can set as per the requirement.

The Fan 1 option is for the 60mm embedded fan in the pump housing whereas the second option is for the three connected fans to the 3-way splitter cable of the block. I did not use the AiSuite software for monitoring the temperatures as it is not a standard thermal monitoring software on my test bench. It was only used to check and control the speed of the fans and to show to our readers about it. Please, read the testing methodology for better understanding of our testing scheme.

Next, the menu is Image or Animation. The user can use this menu to display any image or animation on the OLED screen as long as the following requirements are met:

  • Resolution of the image is 160×128 pixels.
  • Type of the image is JPEG/GIF.
  • Size of the image is limited to a maximum of 1MB.

Click on Custom Image/animation option to enable the Browse button. Browse and select the desired image and click on the Apply button at the bottom to get it displayed on the screen. Else, the user can use the predefined logos and animation available in the list at the bottom for the display. Red ROG eye is my personal favorite.

Next, the menu is Custom Banner. Here Asus has provided three predefined templates for the image. The user can type the text in the text box located at the bottom and clicking on the Apply button will load the custom banner on the screen.

Next is the lighting control. 6 Modes are available for the addressable RGB lighting on these coolers. These are:

  • Static
  • Breathing
  • Strobing
  • Rainbow
  • Color Cycle
  • Flash and Dash

The user can set the direction of the lighting flow as well as control the speed of the dynamic effects. There is one caveat to it. Selecting any lighting mode will change the lighting mode of the Asus motherboard as well and if you would want to select the different lighting on the motherboard then the one on the cooler then AURA Sync software for the motherboard needs to be used for this purpose. This would make the total no of software needed to be 3 which in my opinion is cumbersome and LiveDash should have all the options in it for the users’ convenience.

 

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The lighting effects are right on the money and I love the colors. It is not overly done and has even lighting for smooth and better visuals. OLED display is something out of this world on this cooler as we have yet to see such option on any cooler. The ability to sync and coordinate the Aura Sync lighting enabled devices is a big plus. I would like to say that it is brilliantly done!

Asus Rog 360mm Installation:

Here are the Installation guides for the Intel LGA-20XX and 115X sockets:

LGA-20XX

  • Install the LGA-20XX standoffs screws on the mounting holes around the CPU Socket.
  • Install the fans on the radiator using the supplied fan screws and washers.
  • Place the water block on the CPU by aligning the mounting holes on the mounting bracket with the LGA 20XX standoff screws.
  • Secure the block using the thumbscrew caps. Use a screwdriver for this job and go diagonally for even pressure.
  • Connect the 4-pin PWM cable to the CPU fan header or any of your desire fan header.
  • Connect the SATA connector to the PSU.
  • Connect the fans power cables to the Y-Splitter cable coming from the block or use Y-Splitter of your own and connect them on your desire fan header on the motherboard.
  • Connect the micro USB cable to the 9-pin USB 2.0 header.
  • Place the top cover on the pump housing making sure that its indent side is facing the tubes.
  • This would complete the installation.

LGA-115X

  • Set the pushpins on the Intel backplate according to the socket. Slide them down for the Intel LGA-115X.
  • Place the backplate on the backside of the motherboard by aligning the push pins with the pre-drilled holes around the CPU socket.
  • Use the Intel LGA1115X/1366 standoff screws and secure the backplate with the motherboard. There will be a flex in the backplate giving the impression that it is not mounted correctly. Ignore that it will be secured once the block is installed.
  • Place the water block on the CPU by aligning the mounting holes on the bracket with the standoff screws.
  • Secure the block using the thumbscrew caps. Use a screwdriver for this job and go diagonally for even pressure.
  • Connect the 4-pin PWM cable to the CPU fan header or any of your desire fan header.
  • Connect the SATA connector to the PSU.
  • Connect the fans power cables to the Y-Splitter cable coming from the block or use Y-Splitter of your own and connect them on your desire fan header on the motherboard.
  • Connect the micro USB cable to the 9-pin USB 2.0 header.
  • Place the top cover on the pump housing making sure that its indent side is facing the tubes.
  • This would complete the installation.

 

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Clearance and Installation Notes:

The best thing about AIOs is the maximum clearance and compatibility with respect to the chassis, DIMM slots, PCIe slot. This cooler has no such clearance issue. The tubes are not blocking any DIMM slot and RAM modules of any height can be used. Similarly, the block is not obstructing the first PCIe x16 3. 0 slot. Make sure that chassis has provision for a 240mm radiator mounting and you are good to go.

Testing and Methodology:

Following test bench is used for testing this cooler: –

  • Asus Rampage V Edition 10
  • Intel i7 6850k
  • Crucial Ballistics Elite 4x4GB @ 3000MHz
  • Nvidia GTX 1080 FE
  • Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD
  • Seagate Barracuda 2TB
  • Corsair AX1200i
  • PrimoChill Praxis WetBench

Following software were used for the testing and monitoring.

  • Asus Real Bench v 2.44
  • Real Temp GT v 3.70

The thermal paste being used on the test bench is the Noctua NT-h2 thermal paste. Since Asus asked us to test the coolers using the stock paste, so I have tested the cooler using the stock paste and then the Noctua NT-h2 thermal paste as well.

The use of a same thermal paste for all coolers will ensure the standardization and mitigate any performance benefit that may come using the supplied thermal paste. Delta temperatures are reported on the graphs. The cooler is tested on stock clocks i.e 3.6GHz using 1.136V manual VCore. The Asus RealBench 2.44 is used to stress test the cooler’s performance.

Each run of the test was of 60 minutes followed by 15 minutes idle time to let the system cool down. The fans and pump were set to run at their 100% RPM. CPU is overclocked to 4.3GHz with 1.350V manual Vcore. The max temps on each core is summed up and divided by the core count to give the average figure. Delta temperatures are calculated by subtracting the ambient temperature from the average temperature. The testing is done on an open-air bench system. Once inside the chassis, the temperatures are expected to rise and would largely depend upon the optimal airflow inside the chassis.

Let’s take a look at the results. On stock clocks, i.e 3.6GHz at 1.13V the chip was idling at 1.5°C using stock paste. Under stress test, the cooler was doing a delta of 19.50°C on stock paste.

Using the Noctua NT-h2, the under load temperature was 18. 5.0°C a marginal 1.0°C difference from the stock paste. It is clear the stock paste is good enough to give you the better thermal performance. This cooler has definitely taken a top slot even on a stock paste but with a minimum difference range of 1.5°C even on the stock paste. Asus clearly means business with these coolers.

With overclocked chip at 4.3GHz using 1.350V, the chip was doing 36.87°C under load using stock thermal paste. This is 0.42°C higher than the Alphacool Eisbaer 360 LT and 1.67°C higher than the Alphacool Eisbaer 360. With Noctua NT-h2 it was doing 34.7°C winning the top slot on the graph though it is a marginal victory by 0.5°C.

Embedded Fan Thermal Results:

As mentioned above this cooler features a 60mm fan installed inside the pump housing. Its main function is to provide fresh air to the near-socket components like VRM/M.2 to keep them cool. Asus in-house testing is showing a difference of up to 20°C using this fan. T

o test this fan, I set up three thermal probes around the CPU socket, particularly on the VRM/MOSFETs. Monitoring was done through Reeven Polariz fan controller which also allows reading the thermal sensors. Testing was done with the CPU overclocked to the 4.3GHz using 1.350V.

A stress test of 1 hour was run with this fan powered off followed by a 1 hour of idle time and last stress test with this fan ramped up to its full speed. Average of the three readings was used for each test. This fan brought the temperatures down by 14.5°C which is impressive. The actual temperature reduction would vary depending upon the CPU, motherboard etc.

Acoustic Performance:

I could not measure the sound level of the unit due to certain environmental noises that would invalidate the actual sound level reading from the sound meter. Based on my experience with the fans and coolers testing so far, the embedded 60mm fan in the pump housing is very noisy at full speed and definitely warrants a custom fan curve.

I am a sort of guy who wants silent or near silent operations and these fans are not falling in this category. The Noctua NF-F12 iPPC-2000 PWM, on the other hand, were audible though not teasing as compared to the 60mm embedded fan.

Conclusion:

The Computex 2018 was full of innovation and new ideas. This was seen at Asus booth as well where they showcased further expansion into the ROG ecosystem with ROG branded CPU Coolers, Power Supplies, and PC Chassis. This definitely gained attraction and ROG lovers have been waiting and wanting the new stuff from the Asus’s premium ROG brand.

Well, finally the wait is coming to an end with the launch of the Asus ROG Ryujin and Ryuo CPU coolers along with the Thor PSUs. The Asus has partnered with the Asetek to bring in fruition their new breed of All-In-One coolers. These coolers are using the Asetek’ sixth generation pumps with presumably Asus modified PCB for added functionality. The Asus ROG Ryujin is their flagship thermal cooling solution.

We are expecting their cooler for mainstream somewhere during 2019. The Asus ROG Ryujin has the industry’s first 1. 77” full colors OLED display screen with customization through software called LiveDash. It also features an addressable RGB lighting solution on the block as well as an embedded 60mm fan in the block to keep the surrounding area of the CPU socket particularly VRMs and M.2 drive cool. Its cooling potential has been harnessed using the 6th generation of the Asetek pump and Noctua’s NF-F12 iPPC-2000 PWM fans.

The dimension of the radiator is 394x121x27mm where 27mm is the thickness or height of the radiator. It is a slim radiator. With 25mm fans, the total height would be 52mm. The total thickness of the unit when assembled was 55.35mm as measured with the digital caliper. This is due to the thick heads of the fan screws.

There is 105mm of spacing between any two mounting holes on the radiator housing. The total length of the fins area is 360mm approximately. The width of the radiator is 121mm. The total thickness of the fin stack is roughly 24.16mm approximately. There is no protective plating under the mounting holes on this radiator so take care while installing the fans on it as long screws could easily damage the fins that would least impact the performance or worst leakage from the radiator. Asus is using the sleeved rubber tubing measuring 380mm with OD of 10.82mm.

The ROG Ryujin is equipped with the latest cooling-plate design featuring micro-channels that provide more thermal dissipation area for processor heat. According to Asus, the Ryujin’s cold plate has 30% lower thermal resistance standing at 0.12 °C/W. The pump housing measures 100x100x70mm. It is finished in black color tone and it looks damn impressive in person. The block has dual chamber design with top chamber hosting the industry’s first 1.77” OLED display screen and addressable RGB lighting solution.

This chamber has a plastic top cover which is removable. There are vents on all the sides of this cover to provide ample fresh air for the embedded 60mm fan on the lower chamber. The top side of the cover has NCVM coating and this is where most of the magic is coming from. The OLED display can display almost anything as long as the requirements of 160×128 pixels in JPEG/GIF and less than 1MB size are met. Four cables are coming out of the block.

These are all flat cables except that of the micro USB cable. One is 298mm long SATA cable to power the OLED Display and addressable RGB LEDs. The second one is pump’s power cable measuring 305mm, the third is a 2 way-splitter cable measuring 282+50+50mm to connect three fans on the radiator with the unit to be controlled using the software and the fourth one is the micro USB cable measuring 935mm. On Asus Ryuo coolers, the micro USB cable is detachable.

The block has a copper base with 54mm diameter and comes with pre-applied thermal paste. There is a gap between the top chamber and the lower one and this is where the top of the embedded 60mm fan could be seen. The gap is there to ensure the proper air intake for this fan.

I am in love how Asus has taken the cooling potential of their flagship coolers to the maximum level. They have bundled Noctua’s NF-F12 iPPC-2000 PWM fans with their Ryujin segment of the coolers. This is what I have been doing for some time i. e using the iPPC fans on the coolers in my personal build.

Finally, Asus has come out with this win-win combination of the Asetek, Noctua, and ROG. The Noctua NF-F12 has rated speed of 2000±10%. They have rated airflow of 71.74 CFM. This is where Asus has made a mistake by confusing m³/h unit with the CFM. Asus is marketing these fans as having 121.8 CFM whereas these are actually 121.8 m³/h. To calculate the correct CFM unit from m³/h, multiply its value with 0.589. 121.8 m³/h X 0.589 = 71.74 CFM. I am hoping that Asus would address this mistake. The static pressure rating of these fans is 3.94 mmH₂O. The sound level is rated at 29.7 dB(A).

The maximum input current is 0.10A with power consumption of 1.2W at 12VDC. They carry impressive MTTF value of minimum 150,000 hrs. These fans are using Noctua’s legendary SSO2 bearings with the three-phase motor. They are using Noctua’s FocusedFlow frame technology with Heptaperf blade geometry. The fans are made of fiberglass reinforced polyamide and carry IP5522 certification. The fans have anti-vibration rubber pads on each mounting hole. There is a gap of 105mm between any two mounting holes. We have reviewed the 3000 RPM version of these fans which can be checked by clicking here.

Asus has provided an easy to use software called LiveDash to control the OLED Display and AURA lighting. The plus point of the design is that this is fully AURA Sync compatible and can be used to sync overall lighting zones on the Asus motherboards and graphics cards.

The requirement to out a display on the screen is to use an image/animation of 160×128 pixels with a maximum size of 1MB using the JPEG/GIF only extensions. The LiveDash is optimized to display the hardware monitoring stats on the screen like CPU temperature, voltage, speed etc. This can only be done on the Asus motherboards, keep that in mind. To control the fans’ speed, you would need to download and install the AiSuite software. This functionality is not available in the LiveDash.

As such we are dealing here with three software which to some or many, may sound cumbersome. OLED screen display is a killer aspect of the design and man, am I not loving it! It is absolutely fun and addressable RGB lighting creates stunning effects around the CPU socket.

For quite some time the Alphacool Eisbaers have rocked my graphs but seems like we have a new champion aka Asus ROG Ryujin 360. The thermal performance of this cooler is very good and it has taken a sweet top slot even on the stock paste at stock clocks.

The quality of the stock paste is better as there is a 1-2°C difference between it and the Noctua NT-h2. On stock clocks and with overclocking, the cooler emerges as a winner though the margin of win is narrow on the higher clocks. Unfortunately, this performance is coming at the expense of noisy 60mm fan for which I would suggest setting up a custom fan curve. The Noctua fans were near silent but audible. They were not teasing as compared to the embedded 60mm fan in the pump housing. The embedded fan at its full speed was able to reduce the temperature of the surrounding components i. e VRM/MOSFET in my testing scenario by 14.5°C.

Asus is offering 3 years of limited warranty on these coolers which is nice though, in this price range, 5 years warranty should have been provided. Corsair’s new Hydro series coolers also based on the Asetek’s 6th generation pumps but are costing much less and come with 5 years of warranty. Of course, they lack the OLED Display, embedded fan, and Noctua’s premium fans after all.

Update: I am testing Intel i5 9600k on Asus Strix Z390E Gaming motherboard and while running blender benchmark, I made an observation that CPU temperature as reported by LiveDash on the block is incorrect. I checked the same in AiSuite and it was also reporting incorrect temperature reading. Reported CPU temperature is way low than it really is. To counter check it, I have used RealTemp for monitoring and there was a difference of approximately 12C between both. Same was tested with HWInfo 64 and again the same difference was observed confirming that AiSuite and LiveDash reporting is not accurate.

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Asus ROG Ryuo 240 Review en Español (Análisis completo)

Asus ROG Ryuo 240 es una refrigeración líquida AIO que llega como parte de la estrategia de Asus para consolidarse rápidamente en este sector del mercado. Para su creación, Asus se ha asociado con los mejores fabricantes, por lo que podemos esperar un producto de mucha calidad y con unas prestaciones a un gran nivel.

En primer lugar, agradecemos a Asus la confianza depositada en nosotros al cedernos el producto para su análisis.

Asus ROG Ryuo 240 características técnicas

Unboxing y diseño

El embalaje del Asus ROG Ryuo 240 es realmente excelente, algo que suele ser habitual en todos los productos de la serie ROG. No solo tiene todos los colores y la marca asociados con ellos, sino que la parte frontal del empaque proporciona una imagen agradable y grande del disipador, que incluye el radiador, los ventiladores y el bloque de la CPU para que podamos apreciar todo a la perfección.

La parte trasera de la caja proporciona todas las características y especificaciones clave de los productos, todo ello de una forma agradable, fácil de entender, y con imágenes de muy alta calidad. La información proporcionada es excelente e informa todo lo que se necesita saber acerca de este disipador de manera rápida, como la incorporación de una pantalla OLED para monitorizar parámetros, ventiladores o compatibilidad.

La caja se abre desde el borde frontal y tiene un bonito diseño, que muestra su logotipo en ángulo. Hemos visto este diseño de ASUS ROG en muchas ocasiones y nunca dejamos de impresionarnos con este pequeño toque adicional. Todos los elementos de este bundle van perfectamente acomodados y protegidos para evitar daños durante el transporte mediante un sistema de moldes de cartón con compartimentos separados para cada elemento. A su vez todos ellos van metido donde bolsas de plástico. En total el bundle incluye:

  • Disipador Asus ROG RYUO 240
  • Pack Accesorio de tornillos y brackets
  • 2 x Ventiladores ROG Ryuo Fan de 120 mm
  • Cable USB para control de software
  • Compuesto térmico (pre-aplicado)
  • Guía de inicio rápido

Una cosa que debemos tener en cuenta es que el adaptador para el socket TR4 no vendrá incluido en el pack, sino que lo tendremos disponible en el paquete de accesorios que viera con CPU o la placa base. Deberíamos de contar con él, en todo caso.

Fuera de la caja, el disipador se ve bastante similar a muchos otros enfriadores de líquidos AIO de 240 mm. El radiador en sí tiene un diseño bastante simple a la vista, aunque cuando lo miras más de cerca, las cosas se ponen mucho más interesantes. Se trata de un radiador de aluminio, con un diseño de aletas ultra finas y con bastante densidad de ellas, que tienen la finalidad de incrementar al máximo posible la superficie de intercambio de calor con el aire generado por los ventiladores.

Todo el bloque del radiador se construye con una calidad muy elevada, y está totalmente sellado para minimizar al máximo posible la evaporación de líquido. Este intercambiador agua-aire cuenta con unas medidas de 272 mm de largo por 121 mm de ancho y 27 mm de grosor, sin contar los ventiladores. Ya imaginamos que estamos ante una configuración de 240 mm.

Del radiador parten dos tubos de 38 cm construidos en goma que lo unen con el bloque de la CPU, estos tubos son los encargados de transportar el fluido refrigerante por todo el conjunto del disipador. Se trata de tubos de muy alta calidad, con un diseño lo suficientemente flexible y trenzados para mejorar el sellado y evitar su deterioro.

El bloque de la bomba es, sin lugar a dudas, una de las características más importantes de este disipador Asus ROG Ryuo 240. Inicialmente parece bastante estándar, aunque claramente bien construido, lo que es importante. Luego veremos que las apariencias engañan y este bloque guarda alguna que otra sorpresa. Sin embargo, si miramos más detenidamente vemos que cabezal de la bomba tiene un número bastante grande de conectores incluidos: conectores de ventilador, SATA para alimentación, y un conector USB separado que se utiliza para operar los efectos de iluminación.

La base de este bloque de CPU se fabrica en cobre electrolítico puro de gran calidad, un material que es un excelente conductor del calor. Toda la superficie está muy bien pulida, lo que es importante de cara a garantizar el mejor contacto posible con el IHS del procesador. Su diseño es circular como en la mayoría de los modelos, y el tamaño debería permitir una excelente cobertura para todos los procesadores con lo que es compatible. Las medidas de este cabezal son de 80 x 80 x 45 mm.

En el interior del bloque se esconde un diseño de microcanales, el cual consigue la máxima superficie de contacto entre el cobre y el líquido que circula por dentro del conjunto. Este diseño consigue que la capacidad para absorber el calor generado por el procesador sea la máxima posible, con ello se ofrecen las mejores posibilidades de overclock al usuario. La zona exterior está construida íntegramente en aluminio de primera calidad.

La parte superior del Asus ROG Ryuo 240 incluye una pequeña pantalla OLED LiveDash en color de 1,77”, la cual se puede personalizar de una forma muy sencilla desde el software de Asus.  Este software cuyo nombre también es LiveDash, será el encargado de proporcionar las opciones de personalización de la pantalla LiveDash OLED y los efectos de iluminación Asus Aura Sync RGB de la base. Podremos seleccionar los parámetros del sistema que queramos, como temperaturas de CPU y agua, RPM de los ventiladores o frecuencia y voltaje de la CPU. Sin duda son opciones interesantes y necesarias.

También podremos insertar imágenes o animaciones GIF que queramos visualizar, siempre que tengan un tamaño de 160 x 120 pixeles, y controlar los efectos de iluminación RGB de la base circular del bloque de bombeo desde una interfaz muy intuitiva.

Asus ROG Ryuo 240 se envía con 2 ventiladores ROG Ryuo Fan de 120 mm diseñados por Asus. Estos no tienen ningún efecto de iluminación RGB, por lo que, en términos de presentación, son bastante sencillos, aunque su diseño los hace bastante agradables a la vista. Cuando esté instalado en el radiador, se aprecia la marca ASUS ROG en el centro de los ventiladores.

Lo que nos interesa de los ventiladores son sus prestaciones, y estos modelos cumplen con creces su función. Asus nos promete que son capaces de girar a una velocidad de entre 800 y 2500 RPM, generando un flujo de aire de 80.95 CFM y una presión estática de 5.0 mmh3O, todo ello con un ruido máximo de 37 dBa y con capacidad PWM bajo conexión de cuatro fases.

Instalación socket LGA 1151

En cuanto al apartado de compatibilidad de este Asus ROG Ryuo 240, los sockets a los que podremos instalarle este impresionante bloque son:

  • Intel: LGA 1150, 1151, 1152, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066
  • AMD: AM4, TR4

En definitiva, lo sockets actuales y más utilizados del momento, con ausencias como los antiguos 775 de Intel o los AM2 y AM3 de AMD.

Como vamos a montar en el socket LGA 1151 la refrigeración líquida, necesitaremos los siguientes accesorios. El bracket trasera, las tuercas y las pasarelas para fijarlo al bloque. Los últimos tornillos (los que no son simétricos) sirven para el socket LGA 2011-3 / LGA 2066.

Le damos la vuelta a la placa base e insertamos el bracket en los orificios de instalación. Volvemos a la placa base a su posición natural…

E instalamos los 4 anclajes para dejar fijado el bracket contra la placa base.

Como podemos ver en esta imagen.

Retiramos el protector de plástico del bloque y apretamos las tuercas hasta que no podamos forzarlo más. Llega el momento de instalar los cables y el radiador en nuestro chasis.

Banco de pruebas y rendimiento

BANCO DE PRUEBAS

Procesador:

Intel Core i9-9900K

Placa Base:

ASUS Maximus  XI Gene

Memoria RAM:

32 GB DDR4 G. Skill Sniper X

Disipador

Asus ROG Ryuo 240

Disco Duro

Samsung 860 EVO

Tarjeta Gráfica

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

Fuente de Alimentación

Corsair AX860i.

Para probar el rendimiento real del disipador vamos a estresar con el potente Intel Core i9-9900k a velocidad de stock. Como viendo siendo habitual, nuestros tests constan de 72 horas ininterrumpidas de trabajo en valores de stock, ya que al ser un procesador de diez núcleos y con frecuencias altas las temperaturas pueden ser altas.

De esta manera, podemos observar los picos más altos de temperatura y la media que alcanza el disipador. Debemos tener muy en cuenta que a la hora de jugar o utilizar otro tipo de software, bajará drásticamente la temperatura entre 7 a 12ºC.

¿Cómo vamos a medir la temperatura del procesador? Para esta prueba utilizaremos los sensores internos del procesador bajo la supervisión de la aplicación HWiNFO64 en su última versión. Creemos que es uno de los mejores software de monitorización que existen actualmente. Sin más dilación, os dejamos los resultados obtenidos:

Pruebas de overclock

No hemos querido bajar el nivel de nuestros análisis y también hemos hecho prueba de rendimiento stock vs overclock al i9-9900k. Recuerda que estos procesadores vienen soldado entre el ide y el IHS.

Por lo que las temperaturas son algo altas, por culpa del grosor del DIE de la CPU. Con un buen delid y redelid, mejoraríamos entre 7 a 10 ºC máximo. No obstante os dejamos las temperaturas obtenidas:

Test de Overclock Idle Full
I9 9900k @ 5 GHz en todos sus núcleos 33 ºC 68 ºC

Software

El software es clave en este kit de refrigeración. En la primera sección nos permite activar en el panel datos claves para visualizar rápidamente mientras jugamos: Frecuencia del procesador, voltaje, temperaturas, velocidad de los ventiladores y la refrigeración líquida.

Hay que tener en cuenta que el máximo de características que podemos reflejar en el bloque es de cinco.

También nos permite personalizar imágenes o animaciones en el bloque. Podemos crearnos nuestro propio bloque con una foto nuestra o un gif animado 🙂 Cuando iniciamos el ordenador tenemos la posibilidad de personalizar «el banner» o incluso el estilo de iluminación RGB y sus efectos.

Palabras finales y conclusión acerca de

Asus ROG Ryuo 240

El Asus ROG Ryuo 240 es una refrigeración líquida compacta que ofrece un gran rendimiento. Entre sus caracteristicas más importantes nos encontramos con una superficie de aluminio de 240 mm, una bomba que incorpora un pequeño display para personalizar nuestro bloque de refrigeración y uan superficie baja con iluminación RGB.

Los pequeños detalles siempre marcan las diferencias. Ambas tuberías cuentan con un largo de 38 cm y vienen totalmente malladas, de esta forma llegaremos a cualquier lugar de nuestro chasis (razonablemente) y tendremos un aspecto físico premium.

La pantalla LiveDash OLED es totalmente personalizable. Con un tamaño de 1,77 pulgadas, podemos insertar cualquier imagen JPEG o Gif de 160 x 128 píxeles. También podemos añadir información adicional como voltaje, velocidad de los ventiladores, frecuencias y temperaturas. Ya no es necesario, instalar aplicaciones mientras jugamos, el bloque nos arroja toda la información recogida desde la BIOS.

Te recomendamos la lectura de las mejores refrigeraciones líquidas

Si tenemos más componentes compatibles con la tecnología Aura Sync (iluminación RGB) podemos sincronizar el bloque con ella. También nos ha gustado la compatibilidad con todos los sockets Intel y AMD.

Hemos podido comprobar que a nivel de desempeño, sus temperaturas son muy buenas. Obteniendo con al i9, tanto en reposo como en full temperaturas extraordinarias.

Actualmente su precio en tiendas online oscilan los 179 euros para el kit de radiador doble y 149 euros para el simple. Tienen un precio algo más elevado que el resto de fabricantes, pero es el sobrecoste que debemos pagar por una pantallita personalizable. ¿Qué os parece el ? ¿Os gusta tanto como a nosotros?

VENTAJAS

INCONVENIENTES

+ DISEÑO

– PRECIO ELEVADO PARA LA MAYORÍA DE USUARIOS
+ RENDIMIENTO CON PROCESADORES DE GAMA ALTA

+ PANTALLA OLED

+ COMPATIBILIDAD CON SOCKET

+ FACILIDAD DE INSTALACIÓN

El equipo de Profesional Review le otorgamos la medalla de oro:

Overview of the liquid cooling system Asus ROG Ryuo 240

Passport characteristics, scope of delivery and price

processor

Manufacturer Asus
Model ROG Ryuo 240
Model code ROG RYUO 240
Cooling system type liquid closed type pre-filled non-expandable for
Compatible motherboards with Intel processor sockets: LGA 2066, 2011, 2011-3, 115x, 1366; AMD: TR4*, AM4
* TR4 uses the frame included with the processor
Fan type axial (axial), ROG Ryuo fan Model 12, 2 pcs.
Fan power supply 12 V, 0.58 A, 4-pin connector (common, power, rotation sensor, PWM control)
Fan dimensions 120×120×25 mm
Fan speed 800-2500 rpm
Fan capacity 137.5 m³/h (80.95 ft³/min)
Fan static pressure 49 Pa (5.0 mm w.c.)
Fan noise level 37 dBA
Fan bearing n/a
Fan life n/a
Radiator dimensions 272×121×27 mm
Radiator material aluminum
Flexible hose length 38 cm
Flexible hose material braided rubber hoses
Pump integrated with heat sink
Heat sink material copper
Heat sink thermal interface applied thermal compound
Pump dimensions ∅80×45 mm
Pump speed n/a
Connection
  • pump: to 3(4)-pin connector (common, power, rotation sensor, PWM control) for fan on mat. board; to the SATA power connector; a separate Micro-USB cable to the internal USB connector on the mat. board
  • fans: to 3(4)-pin connectors (common, power, [rotation sensor,] PWM control) on cable from pump
Delivery set
  • Hose-connected and filled with coolant radiator and pump
  • fan, 2 pcs.
  • pump mounting kit for processor
  • USB cable for pump connection
  • Heatsink and Chassis Fan Mount Kit
  • installation guide
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Description

The Asus ROG Ryuo 240 Liquid Cooling System comes in an understated corrugated cardboard box that not only shows the product itself but also lists the main features with supporting photographs and provides technical specifications. The inscriptions are mostly in English, but something is duplicated in several languages, including Russian. Papier-mâché molds and plastic bags are used to protect and distribute parts. The sole of the heat sink and the thermal paste on it are protected by a cap made of transparent plastic.

Inside the box are a heatsink with pump connected, fans, USB cable, mounting kit and installation instructions.

The instruction is short, but understandable, it is one for two models (and on ROG Ryuo 120), it has a version of the text in Russian. The company’s website contains a description of the system, and in the support section there is a link to a PDF file with instructions.

The system is sealed, primed, ready to use and does not offer a standard expansion option. The pump is integrated into one unit with a heat sink. The sole of the heat sink, directly adjacent to the processor cover, is a copper plate. Its outer surface is smooth, polished, but not polished.

This plate has a diameter of 54 mm, and the inner part, limited by holes, has a diameter of approximately 45 mm. The sole is almost perfectly flat. Its central part is occupied by thermal paste applied with a thin layer. Unfortunately, there is no stock for its restoration in the delivery set. Looking ahead, we will demonstrate the distribution of thermal paste after all tests are completed. On processor:

And pump sole:

It can be seen that the thermal paste was distributed in a very thin layer in a circle almost to the very edges of the processor cover plane, but did not get into the corners. This is unlikely to have a negative effect on the operation of the cooler, since it is believed that it is more important to cool the central part of the processor cover well.

The pump housing is made of hard black plastic. A cylindrical superstructure made of anodized and painted black aluminum is fixed on top of the hull, the top of which is closed with a plastic cover that has the properties of a translucent mirror. Under this cover is a small OLED display with a diagonal of 1. 77 inches, and along the junction of the body and the cylindrical superstructure there is an inconspicuous strip of tinted translucent plastic, illuminated by several color-changing LEDs.

L-shaped fittings coming out of the pump can be rotated relative to the pump body itself. This, as well as flexible hoses, greatly facilitates the installation of the cooler. The flexible part of the hoses coming out of the fittings has a length of about 36 cm, the outer diameter of the hoses is about 11 mm. The hose sheath is slippery and does not cling.

The system fans look simple and unpretentious. There are no design features, lighting, or, for example, vibration-insulating inserts. The latter, however, still never work, as we have repeatedly tested in practice.

The fans are equipped with a four-pin connector (common, power, rotation sensor and PWM control) at the end of the 32 cm cable. This cable, like all system cables, does not have a decorative sheath, which greatly facilitates cable routing inside the system unit.

Fasteners are made primarily from hardened steel and have a durable galvanized finish. The frame on the back of the motherboard is made of plastic, however, the threaded holes in it are still in metal bushings. Note the large knurled nuts, thanks to which there is no special need to use tools when installing the pump on the processor.

The maximum thickness of the heat sink with attached fans is 55 mm. The assembled system with fasteners for LGA 2011 has a weight of 1126 g. cooler or a special connector for the pump on the mat. board. Note that pump rotation control using PWM is rare. The fans are connected to mating connectors on the cable coming out of the pump casing. Both fans are controlled by PWM, but only one fan is monitored, the one connected to the first connector with all four pins. The cable length from the pump to the first fan connector is 30 cm plus another 5.5 cm to the second connector. Power for the fans is supplied to the pump from the connector for the mating power connector for SATA devices (this is much more convenient than to the («Molex type»)) . This cable is 34 cm long. A separate 85.5 cm USB cable connects to the pump and connects it to the internal USB connector on the motherboard.

The LiveDash app allows you to control the backlight on your pump and what you see on the display. Upon startup, the software will check the firmware version of the pump controller and offer to update it if a newer version is found.

The list on the left side of the main window allows you to select the mode of the screen and bezel. You can display preset static (JPG) or dynamic (GIF) options on the screen. You can also upload your own picture (GIF or JPG size 160×128 and up to 1 MB). We were able to upload our static image on the first try. With the dynamic, everything also turned out, although not immediately. It started downloading, but stopped almost immediately. We already decided that it was not fate, but after some time, when the system was turned on again, our image nevertheless appeared on the screen (music: Bensound’s Royalty Free Music):

You can also display a preset image, but with your signature.

The headband illumination can be set separately, it can be static or dynamic.

Only for Asus motherboards, you can display data from system monitoring sensors on the pump display. Up to five sensors can be selected, and if more than one sensor is selected, the data will be displayed alternately, several seconds per value. The sensors available for demonstration in the case of the Asus ROG Zenith Extreme motherboard are marked with checkmarks in the picture below (this is without installing additional fans, expansion cards or temperature sensors).

It can be seen that the pump itself of the system does not transmit a single value (neither the temperature of the liquid, nor the fan speed).

The backlight of the pump also seems to be controlled using the Lighting Control proprietary software, but it worked very unstable, or rather did not work at all.

Again, only for Asus motherboards, Asus ROG Ryuo 240 can be controlled by Dual Intelligent Processors 5 (installed with AI Suite III). The manufacturer clearly tried to convince the user that it is necessary to use the Asus ROG Ryuo 240 on motherboards of the same brand. This software has many functions related to monitoring and controlling the operation of the PC).

The cooling system in question includes the function to adjust the fan speed of the system (ROG Ryuo Fan window) and the pump (CPU fan window, since the pump was connected to the CPU cooler slot) depending on the temperature of the processor.

In the second case, there is even some kind of automatic setting, but we did not test it.

Without firmware, third-party programs or BIOS settings can only control the pump speed, as the fans connected to the pump always rotate at 1700 rpm, and if you disconnect the pump from USB, the fan speed will decrease to about 760 rpm (and if not connected, then the fans do not rotate at all). Of course, you can also connect fans to the connector(s) on the motherboard (or on a third-party controller) and control them as you like. The video below demonstrates several options for pump illumination and display when controlled from the Lighting Control software, including displaying the user’s logo (Music: Bensound’s Royalty Free Music):

The display on the video flickers, but this flicker is not visible to the eye.

Testing

A full description of the testing methodology is given in the corresponding article «Testing methodology for processor coolers (coolers) of the 2017 sample». For the load test, the Stress FPU function from the AIDA64 package was used. Processor consumption was determined by measuring the additional 12 V connector on the motherboard. In all tests, unless otherwise noted, the pump runs at maximum speed (when powered by 12 V and at 100% short circuit).

Determining the dependence of the cooler fan speed on the PWM duty cycle and/or supply voltage

An excellent result is a wide adjustment range and a smooth increase in the rotation speed when the duty cycle changes from 20% to 100%. Note that at a short circuit of 0%, the fans do not stop, therefore, in a hybrid cooling system with a passive mode at minimum load, such fans will have to be stopped by reducing the supply voltage.

The change in speed is also smooth, but the range of adjustment with voltage is slightly wider. Fans stop at 2.4V and start at 2.5V. Apparently, if necessary, it is permissible to connect them to 5 V.

We also give the dependence of the pump rotation speed on the short circuit.

And from the supply voltage:

We note a smooth, close to linear increase in the speed of rotation of the pump with an increase in short circuit in the range of 20%-100% and with an increase in the supply voltage from 5 to 12 V. The pump stops at 4.4 V and starts at 4 .5 V. In principle, the entire system remains operational at a supply voltage of 5 V.

Determining the dependence of the temperature of the processor when it is fully loaded on the speed of the cooler fans

In this test, our processor with a TDP of 140 W does not overheat even at the minimum fan speed in the case of a standard PWM control method.

Determining the noise level depending on the speed of the cooler fans

The noise level of this cooling system varies over a wide range. It depends, of course, on individual characteristics and other factors, but somewhere from 40 dBA and above, the noise is, from our point of view, very high for a desktop system; from 35 to 40 dBA, the noise level is classified as tolerable; below 35 dBA, the noise from the cooling system will not stand out much against the background of typical non-noisy PC components — case fans, fans on the power supply and on the video card, as well as hard drives; and somewhere below 25 dBA the cooler can be called conditionally silent. In this case, the entire specified range is covered, that is, depending on the fan speed, the system can be both very noisy and very quiet. In practice, it is out of the question to use this system in a home computer when the fans are running at maximum speed — it will be too noisy. During the measurements, the background level was equal to 17. 3 dBA (the conditional value shown by the sound level meter). The noise level from the pump alone is approximately 20 dBA. If desired, you can reduce the short circuit or voltage supply to the pump, which will reduce the overall noise from the system in case of low fan speeds, but this does not make much sense. We present the dependence of the noise level of the pump only on short circuit.

Plotting the dependence of the noise level on the temperature of the processor at full load
Plotting the dependence of the real maximum power on the noise level.

Let’s try to get away from the conditions of the test bench to more realistic scenarios. Let’s say that the temperature of the air taken in by the fans of these systems can rise to 44 °C, but the temperature of the processor under maximum load does not want to increase above 80°C. Restricting ourselves to these conditions, we construct the dependence of the real maximum power (denoted as Max. TDP ), consumed by the processor, on the noise level:

Taking 25 dBA as a conditional noiselessness criterion, we get the approximate maximum power of processors corresponding to this level: about 170 W . Hypothetically, if you do not pay attention to the noise level, the power limits can be increased to somewhere up to 195 watts. Let us clarify once again: this is in harsh conditions of blowing the radiator with air heated to 44 degrees, while when the air temperature drops, the indicated power limits for silent operation and maximum power increase. In general, this system is typical in terms of performance in its class (with a radiator for two 120 mm fans).

Using this link you can calculate the power limits for other boundary conditions (air temperature and maximum processor temperature) and compare this system with several others, also with a heatsink on two 120 mm fans and tested by the same method (list of systems is replenished).

Testing on an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X processor

As an additional test, we decided to see how the Asus ROG Ryuo 240 system handles the cooling of an AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor. Thermal paste was taken in excess, so that it, if possible, filled the entire working surface of the pump heat sink. The photos below, taken after the test was completed, demonstrate this. On processor:

And on the pump:

Note that the frame supplied with the processor was used to install the water block:

In this case, the technique has been adapted for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper family of processors. Used AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X processor and Asus ROG Zenith Extreme motherboard.

Fully loaded AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X processor temperature versus fan speed:

The reliability of temperatures in the 47-48 °C region in this case is very suspicious. However, in any case, our processor with a TDP of 180 W does not overheat (at 24 degrees of ambient air) even at the minimum fan speed, achieved only by changing the PWM short circuit. This is an unexpected result, given the size and placement of the processor chips and the size of the heat sink of the pump (see the article about Thermaltake Floe Riing RGB 280 TT Premium Edition and Floe Riing RGB 360 TT Premium Edition CBOs). Let’s look at the dependence of the power consumed by the processor (total on two 12 V connectors for powering the processor) on the fan speed:

This dependence is already more similar to what you might expect, since as the processor temperature rises, the consumption also grows. We already had temperature vs. power data from the Cooler Master Wraith Ripper. Using them to calculate the processor temperature, in this case we got the following relationship:

You can work with this. Restricting ourselves to the above conditions, we construct the dependence of the real maximum power (denoted as Max. TDP ) consumed by the processor on the noise level already in the case of AMD Ryzen Threadripper:

Taking 25 dBA as a criterion for conditional noiselessness, we get that the approximate maximum processor power corresponding to this level is about 210 W. We assume that the temperature of the processor in the low temperature region is actually higher than the sensor indicates. Therefore, based on the nature of the graph, and if you do not pay attention to the noise level, then the power limit can be increased somewhere up to 245 watts. Once again, we will clarify: this is in harsh conditions of blowing the radiator with air heated to 44 degrees. As the air temperature drops, the specified power limits for quiet operation and maximum power increase.

You can use this link to calculate the power limits for other boundary conditions (air temperature and maximum CPU temperature) and compare this cooler with several others suitable for AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors and tested using the same methodology.

Testing on AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX

As an additional test, we decided to see how the cooler handles the cooling of the Ryzen Threadripper 29 processor90WX, the maximum consumption of which reaches 335 watts. The specified processor and Asus ROG Zenith Extreme motherboard were used. All processor cores worked at a fixed frequency of 3. 5 GHz (multiplier 35).

Thermal paste distribution on processor:

And on the heat sink base:

Dependence of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX processor temperature at full load on the fan speed:

In fact, the 2990WX processor overheats at 24 degrees of ambient air at fan speeds, achieved only by changing the PWM short circuit at a short circuit of about 30% or lower.

Noise level vs. processor temperature at full load:

Processor power consumption (total of two 12V processor power sockets) fluctuates from 265 to 283 W as temperature rises. Restricting ourselves to the above conditions, we will plot the dependence of the real maximum power (denoted as Max. TDP) consumed by the processor on the noise level already in the case of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX:

corresponding to this level is about 195 W. If you do not pay attention to the noise level, then the power limit can be increased somewhere up to 220 watts. Once again, we will clarify: this is in harsh conditions of blowing the radiator with air heated to 44 degrees. As the air temperature drops, the specified power limits for quiet operation and maximum power increase.

Use this link to calculate the power limits for other boundary conditions (air temperature and maximum processor temperature) and compare this cooler with several others tested in the same way (the list of systems is growing) with an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 29 processor90WX. It can be seen that if you need a very quiet system and the power consumed by the processor is not very high, then the specialized air cooler Cooler Master Wraith Ripper and non-specialized LSS (not designed specifically for AMD Ryzen Threadripper) are approximately on a par, but with an increase in power Cooler Master Wraith Ripper works better, since LSS are limited by the power that a small water block heat exchanger can take away.

Conclusions

Based on the Asus ROG Ryuo 240 liquid cooling system, you can create a conditionally silent computer equipped with a processor with a heat dissipation of about 170 W in the case of a typical modern PC processor and about 210 W in the case of an AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor with 12 cores. In case of Ryzen Threadripper 29 processor90WX (32 cores) «silent» limit is 195 watts. At the same time, even taking into account the possible increase in temperature inside the case up to 44 ° C and under the condition of maximum load, a very low noise level will still remain — 25 dBA and below. Controllable RGB backlighting of the pump rim, as well as a 1.77-inch OLED display, will help decorate the interior of the system unit — and not only decorate, as useful diagnostic information can be displayed on the screen. We note good workmanship, easy-to-use fasteners for the pump on the processor, connection to the SATA power connector, as well as proprietary software for setting up the backlight and screen, for controlling the cooling system and monitoring the state of the PC as a whole.

Asus ROG Ryuo 240 Liquid Cooling System receives Original Design Editorial Award for its original OLED display solution and functional software.

ASUS ROG Ryuo 240 Liquid Cooling Review

ASUS Republic of Gamers is probably one of the fastest growing gaming brands and it doesn’t intend to stop. More and more often we see new ROG devices that are ready to stand guard over our gaming. This time, our editors got the recently released ASUS ROG Ryuo 240 liquid cooling system, which is clearly aimed at fans of the brand — more details in our review!

Packaging and Contents

The packaging of the ASUS ROG Ryuo 240 is made of heavy cardboard with branding consistent with all new ROG products. On the front side, we can see a visual image of the cooling system, as well as its name and the ROG logo.

On the reverse side, attention is paid to the main features and technical characteristics.

Completeness is quite standard:

  • Cooling system;
  • Two 120 mm fans;
  • Intel socket mounting kit;
  • AMD socket mounting kit;
  • Screws for installing the cooling system in the case;
  • Internal USB cable;
  • Installation instructions.

In my opinion, the kit could be made a little richer by adding plastic ties and stickers, for example.

Appearance and workmanship

We started our inspection of the cooling system with a radiator, and one glance was enough for me to recognize the outline of the OEM that helped ASUS in creating this liquid cooling system — Asetek. In general, it is logical that Asetek participated in the creation of LSS for Corsair, NZXT, Fractal Design, Thermaltake and other brands. But together with ASUS, a colossal work was done on cooling fans and a water block. The radiator itself is two-section and is designed for installation of fans with a diameter of 120 mm, the material of the radiator is aluminum. The radiator is completely maintenance free and the filler plug is simply not provided.

The radiator and pump are connected by fairly long hoses — about 36 centimeters, the hoses are rubber, but look nice thanks to a strong fabric braid. The inner diameter of the hoses is not known to us, but the outer diameter, together with the fabric braid, is 11 mm. When entering the water block, the fittings are swivel, which adds convenience during installation and neat placement in the body. The pump is quite compact, even despite its technical equipment. Three cables come out of the pump housing at once: one of them is for supplying power to the pump, the second is equipped with a SATA connector to provide power to connected fans, and the third cable is combined, two complete fans are connected to it.

In general, the water block looks more than attractive, the outer shell of the water block is made of aluminum, and the upper part is mirrored, by the way, a display is hidden under it, but more on that later.

The contact pad is made of copper and has a rather rough polishing — you will not see reflections in it.

Fans branded ASUS Ryuo Fan Model 12 and optimized for powerful airflow — 81 CFM and static pressure — 5.0 mm h3O. In general, the fans are quite good, they work smoothly, do not create powerful vibrations, and are practically silent at low speeds.

Installation

We tested ASUS ROG Ryuo 240 on the most popular socket — LGA 1151. Installation is extremely simple. To begin with, a base plate is installed on the back of the motherboard, after which the fasteners for the pump are screwed into it.

And after all, you need to install the pump and tighten the four nuts. I note that “out of the box” on the new cooling system, thermal paste was immediately applied, but we had someone testing the cooling system and we had to apply the thermal paste ourselves.

The print of thermal paste from the processor is quite even.

Display, backlight and software

ASUS decided not to make another ordinary cooling system and added a “zest” to it in the form of a backlight and a 1.77” OLED display. The backlight is addressable and is located at the bottom of the pump along the contour and, of course, it can be synchronized with ASUS Aura. Much more interesting is the display, which by default shows the animation of the ROG logo.

Through LiveDash’s branded position, you can choose a preset animation or picture, or install your own.

On a separate tab, you can write your own text on a pre-installed background. You can also display the current processor frequency, its temperature and other characteristics if you like to monitor your system in detail.

And if suddenly your system does not support ASUS Aura backlight, you can control the backlight in the same application.

Testing

Test stand configuration in the table below.

9

Processor
cooling system Cooler Master Masterlique ML240R RGB
Operating system Windows 10 PRO (all updates on 01/18/2019)

Testing was carried out in the open stand without the use at that time it was 28-29°С, in all modes the maximum value of the processor temperature was recorded within an hour after the start of the test. Noctua NT-h2 thermal paste was used as a thermal interface.

Testing was carried out in the following modes:

  1. The system is idle, only standard Windows 10 services are active. Automatic fan control.
  2. View full HD video streaming. Automatic fan control.
  3. Activated system stress test in AIDA64. Automatic fan control.
  4. Overclocking to 4.9 GHz. Activated system stress test in AIDA64. Automatic fan control.

Based on the graph, it can be seen that the cooling system can cope even with an Intel Core i9-9900K overclocked to 4.9 GHz.

Noise at maximum speed was 42 dBA at a distance of 40 centimeters from the fans in an open stand, if you install the LSS in the case, of course, it will be much quieter.

Conclusions

ASUS ROG Ryuo 240 is a cooling system that is perfect for systems completely assembled on ASUS components. It is ASUS that has recently been one of the few manufacturers that is ready to experiment and prove to us that even such a banal thing as a cooling system can be original. Of the advantages of this LSS — the original appearance, informative display, sufficient efficiency and low noise level with automatic speed control.

Unfortunately, I have not found this novelty on sale yet, and the price tag remains a mystery.

ASUS ROG Ryuo 240 wins original design award after testing! ASUS ROG Strix LC240 RGB

Water Cooling System Review ASUS ROG Strix LC240 RGB

Water Cooling System Review

Nikanorov Sergey

September 20, 2020
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ASUS ROG Strix LC240 RGB is an all-in-one water cooler for AMD and Intel CPUs. It has two 120mm fans, as well as Aura Sync RGB lighting.

The ROG Strix LC series supports a wide range of CPU sockets (AMD and Intel) for enhanced functionality across multiple platforms. AMD lists compatibility for AM4 and TR4, with the latter processor being bundled with a custom mounting bracket. Intel compatibility includes LGA 1200, 1150, 1151, 1152, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, and 2066 sockets. The closed loop ROG Strix LC series is designed as a cheaper alternative to ASUS’ ROG Ryuo and Ryujin AIO.

Specification ASUS ROG Strix LC240 RGB

Water block Water block size: 80x80x45 mm
Block material (plate): copper
AMD processor socket support: AM4, TR4; Intel: LGA 115x, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066
Radiator Size: 272x122x27 mm
Material: aluminum
Fans Size: 120x120x25 mm
Speed: 800 ~ 2500 rpm (+/- 10%)
Static pressure: 5. 0 mm h3O
Noise level
: 37.6 dB(A)
Control mode: PWM
Light RGB
Tubes Rubber, with
sleeves, 380 mm

Combination block/pump measures 80x80x45 mm; its copper cooling plate has micro-channels that the manufacturer claims provide increased heat dissipation and better performance. The ASUS ROG Strix LC240 RGB uses 4-pin PWM control for both the pump and fans.

The pump is connected to the heatsink by braided rubber tubing with 380 mm sleeves, which should be sufficient to mount the heatsink in various locations inside the computer case. The radiator itself is made of aluminum. The ASUS ROG Strix LC240 RGB uses 120mm ROG Ryuo fans that run at 800-2500RPM (+/- 10%) and provide nearly 81cc of airflow. ft/min at a static pressure of 5.0 mmH2O Art. The noise level is 37. 6 dB(A), which is quite quiet.

As for the Aura RGB lighting, the user will find Static, Breathing, Strobe, Rainbow, Color Cycle, Flash and Dash among its operating modes. The ROG logo on the top of the block/pump is illuminated, along with oblique patterns. Lighting color and effects are customizable using the Aura utility and compatible with Aura Sync.

The package includes an extensive set of accessories: a metal frame for AMD processors, an elastic frame for Intel processors, mounting stands, long and short screws, metal washers and nuts, a hub (connects two fans to one connector), a splitter (connects an LED -backlight), micro-USB cable (connects the pump) and quick start guide with installation instructions. Thermal grease
is already pre-applied.

Testing

Processor — AMD Ryzen 7 2700X @ 4.0 GHz, motherboard — AMD X570, RAM — 2×8 GB 3200 MHz DDR4, graphics card — RTX 2080, SSD — 256 GB, operating system — Windows 10 Pro .

Temperature, 1250 RPM, C (less — better)

Temperature, 2500 RPM, C (less — better)

Conclusions

SPIRICAL COMPLICATION OF ASUS ROG STRIX LC24 choice for a powerful gaming computer. It is universal because it is suitable for AMD and Intel platforms, and not only the most modern ones. The bright illumination of the water block and fans will make the system sparkle with new colors if your motherboard is equipped with an addressable header + 5VDG, where the bundled hub with two fans is connected. We also note the low noise level emitted by ASUS ROG STRIX LC 240 RGB. The coolers are completely quiet up to 1250 rpm. Further, the noise starts to grow slowly, but even 1350 rpm is enough to keep the processor temperature within reasonable limits under load.

We’re honoring the ASUS ROG Strix LC240 RGB Water Cooler with our Editors’ Choice Medal!

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    2. Cute.
    3. The distance between the output of the tubes from the pump to the first memory slot is about 3 mm, you can plug in all 4 modules with radiators and there will still be a distance, see photo. If you suddenly have a smaller distance there, then you can stick it upside down so that the hoses are on the left and flip the picture in the settings.
    4. Simple and quick installation of the water block, the radiator is more difficult to install, more bolts)

    Disadvantages:
    1. You need to tinker to set it up. The pump itself is ok, but the integration of backlighting with aura on the old board (z270) is still shamanistic dancing…
    2. Backplate has one name, but it is the same for everyone that is based on asetek.
    3. It is better not to fasten the radiator with all the bolts at once, but to look for its optimal position for laying the hoses.

    Comment:
    First things first — chill for asus fans. I’m a fan but I’ll try to be objective.
    This is my first CBO, and it is already striking that it would be possible to make a copper radiator for 140 turntables so that they make less noise and three sections instead of two — then the heat capacity would allow to smooth out the peaks of heat emissions and the valve speeds would change more smoothly, because . the main noise is from the valves on the radiator with good heating of the processor. The pump itself is close to ideal — quiet and there are almost no vibrations even at maximum speed. In nominal and web surfing, the whole system works quietly, like a single-valve cooler (there was a Thermalrigt AXP 200R before), everything goes into «turbo mode» only when it heats up to 65 percent (as set in the settings). Compared to air, it is more effective, but only slightly. My i7 in the air in autoacceleration was +9% and now +11%.
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    Pump Firmware 1.00.07
    LiveDash 1.05.03
    Aura 1.0.7.57 output of sensors to OLED works)
    AI_Suite_III_3.00.28 (this version defines AIO completely by itself, including valves and their normal control)
    Briefly — set to clean Windows 10 v1903:
    LiveDash, reboot;
    Aura, reboot;
    remove Aura service from the control panel;
    delete the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\LightingService;
    install only Lighting Service from LiveDash distribution folder, reboot;
    We are waiting for 30 seconds until they re-register their settings;
    Install AI Suite for valve control and configure it.
    Read more here — https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?111792-How-to-make-Aura-LiveDash-amp-RYUO-240-on-Maximus-IX-Hero-in-Windows -10-x64-v-1903
    Idle pump speed 1050, about 625 valves (25% of the maximum 2500), set so that the pump speed growth curve outpaces the valves — that is, when the temperature rises, more slurry is first driven and only then accelerated fans — so almost no noise.

    ASUS ROG Ryuo 240 Water Cooling Specifications

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    Purpose for
    Water cooling yes
    Socket AM4, LGA 1151, LGA 1150, LGA 1155, LGA 1156, LGA 1356, LGA 1151-v2, LGA 2066, LGA 1366, sTR4, SP3, LGA 2011-3 (Square ILM), LGA 2011 (Square ILM), LGA 1200
    Radiator material aluminum
    Cooler dimensions (WxHxD) 272x121x52 mm
    Number of fans 2
    Fan dimensions (LxWxH) 120x120x25 mm
    Speed ​​ 800 — 2500 rpm
    Airflow 80. 95 CFM
    Noise level 37 dB
    Water block material copper
    Water block dimensions 80x80x45 mm
    Connector type 4-pin PWM
    Illumination color RGB
    Speed ​​controller software

    Total rating of ASUS ROG Ryuo 240 water cooling system

    Total rating: 36

    ASUS ROG Ryuo 240’s overall water cooling rating is made up of 54 water cooling systems,
    using a special algorithm based on 858 real customer reviews, as well as taking into account the popularity of the model.

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    Overall rating: 35

    ASUS ROG Ryuo 120 water cooling system

    Pros:
    Screen and synchronization with Asus aura.

    Disadvantages:
    The live dash program works every other time (to display information on the screen). Either it shows the necessary information, it does not. The pump makes a lot of noise at high speeds.

    Comment:
    The only plus is the presence of a screen with customizable information, but this information is not worth 12000. It is better to take a cooler from another manufacturer.

    When «Hardware monitoring» is selected, the screen flashes intermittently. When selecting «Image or Animation», there is no such problem. Most likely a software problem.

    Overall rating: 37

    Water cooling system PCcooler GI-Ah380C CORONA RGB

    Pros:
    In general, good dropsy for the money, at least before the price jump.
    copes well with 9600kf overclocked to 5hz. Judging by the reviews, it is likely to cope with 9900k, but already right back to back.
    Nice design.

    Drawbacks:
    Noisy fans.
    Radiator density could be slightly higher.

    Comment:
    I prepared a review of it on YouTube, I hope you can leave a link. .
    copes well with 9600kf overclocked to 5hz. Judging by the reviews, it is likely to cope with 9900k, but already right back to back.
    Nice design.

    Drawbacks:
    Noisy fans.
    Radiator density could be slightly higher.

    Comment:
    I prepared a review of it on YouTube, I hope you can leave a link ..
    https://youtu.be/OYUh3pBoHKU

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    • cooler height: 120 mm
    • for AM4, LGA 1151, LGA 1150, LGA 1155, LGA 1156, LGA 1356, LGA 1151-v2, LGA 2066, LGA 1366, sTR4, SP3, LGA 201LM3 (Square1LM3 ), LGA 2011 (Square ILM), LGA 1200
    • fan 120 mm
    • speed 800-2500 rpm
    • aluminum heatsink
    • connector type: 4-pin PWM
    • backlight color 53 dB
    • RGB
    • Airflow: 80.5 CFM
    • LxWxH: 52x152x120 mm

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    Pros: Screen and synchronization with Asus aura.

    Disadvantages: The live dash program works intermittently (to display information on the screen). Either it shows the necessary information, it does not. The pump makes a lot of noise at high speeds.

    Comment: The only advantage is the presence of a screen with customizable information, but this information is not worth 12000. It is better to take a cooler from another manufacturer.

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    General characteristics
    Purpose for the processor
    Water cooling is
    9000

    AM4, LGA 1151, LGA 1150, LGA 1155, LGA 1156, LGA 1356, LGA 1151-VA, LGA 1356, LGA 1151-VA, LGA 1356, LGA 1151-VA 2066 LGA 1366, StR4, SP3, LGA 2011-3 (Square ILM), LGA 2011 (SQUARE ILM), LGA 1200
    Radiator material Aluminum
    9000 9000 9000 9000 152x120x120x

    The number of fans 1
    Dimensions of the fan (DHSHHV) 120x120x25 mm
    800 — 2500 rpm 000 80. 5 CFM
    37 dB
    Water block
    Water block material copper
    Water block dimensions 5 mm 90×80010
    Additional
    Connector type 4-pin PWM
    9000

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