Top 5 Water Cooling Kits

Benjamin Bolstad By Benjamin Bolstad - updated September 4th, 2020
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What is the best AiO water cooling kit? A very good question indeed! Luckily for us all, we’re taking a quick look at the range of AiO Water Cooling kits from Cooler Master, Corsair, Lian Li, EVGA, ASUSDeepcool, Gigabyte and NZXT available now.

A quick note for those who are new to AiO (All in One) Water Cooling and why we want it; having a water cooling kit fitted inside your Gaming PC can reduce noise & temperatures not only on the component it's directly fitted too, but also the overall system due to the way the kits flexible radiator placement lets you move the heat away from other components. The smaller form factor of some AiO kits nowadays even allows us to squeeze better airflow into our tiny ITX Gaming PC builds too.

Also worth mentioning, some of the kits look absolutely fantastic, but that's subjective so for now...

Let's kick back and CHILL :P

1. CM MasterLiquid ML240R CPU Water Cooling

The excellent 240mm Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R is the current king of AiO Water Cooling kits, oh-so affordable and optimised for low noise while still being extremely easy to install with a 240mm radiator and compatibility with both the latest Intel and Ryzen sockets, and also older CPU socket types.

Installation is easier thanks to smart design, small touches like the way in which Cooler Master made the bracket attachment screws come in from underneath so they easily hold in place allowing you to use one hand to secure them, puts this kit ahead of the rest.

This cooler features a low profile dual chamber design, with PPS and glass fiber construction that makes it unaffected by immersion in water. The pump is lightweight and impervious to oxidation and corrosion.

Cooler Master also included an aRGB hub for users who do not have a dedicated aRGB header on their motherboard. This controller works with the included MasterFan MF120R ARGB 120mm fan(s) and the addressable RGB lighting which, with the right motherboard, can also be customised in even more ways with the software setting everying to match the other components within your PC perfectly.

And speaking of RGB lighting features, it's also compatible with Asus AURA, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSi Mystic Light Sync and ASRock RGB LED making this kit pretty darn appealing for anyone that's working with multiple RGB components in their system.

Picture of Cooler Master ML240R Water Cooling Kit

There is also 120mm Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R and 360mm ML360R available for those looking for a larger water cooling kit at a great price.

And another quick shout out to Cooler Master here for actually making a kit that specifically built for the much larger AMD ThreadRipper series, the ML240 &ML280 are compatible with both the original TR4, and new sTRX4 socket.

Check out the full range in the massive Cooler Master Store today!

2. ASUS ROG STRIX 240 ARGB CPU Water Cooling

Featuring the iconic ROG logo, signature slash on the pump housing and radiator that all glow with Aura RGB lighting, adding a vibrant burst of colour and iconic Republic of Gamers style, right at the heart of your build.

The ASUS ROG STRIX 240mm Water Cooling Kit features the same closed-loop design as the popular Strix LC series but with the added benefit of addressable RGB radiator fans, while further accentuating your build with brilliant multi-colour lighting effects. The lighting and effects can be tweaked to match your system for a unified look, making these kits ideal for those already in the Asus AURA ecosystem of motherboards, graphics cards and more.

The innovative cooling-plate design features micro-channels that provide more thermal dissipation area for processor heat, this reduces thermal resistance for more efficient performance and cooler temps.

With four-pin PWM control for both the pump and radiator fans, this kit is able to deliver precise speed control for the perfect balance of performance and acoustics in every scenario - even the ROG radiator fan is specifically tuned to deliver optimum performance with ROG Strix LC RGB series radiators!

Picture of ASUS ROG AIO Water Cooling Kit

With the performance, features and style you expect from ROG, Strix LC RGB coolers, you can overclock with confidence with this in your gaming system, and just to make this series even cooler, the Asus have also made a a super sweet ROG STRIX White Edition Water Cooling Kit with clean, all-white aesthetics!

Impressive cooling and more, check out the full range in the Asus Store today.

3. Lian Li Galahad 360 ARGB CPU Water Cooling 

With this in your system, it's going to turn heads, this kit is so attractive to the eyes (and ears, it's super quiet) that you're undoubtedly going to have trouble focusing on your screen.

Starting with the best features from a PC builders point of view, it has to be the way Lian Li made the block housing rotatable. so pipes can be made to come out of the CPU block in whichever direction suits your current build best. 

Also, the included fans are high static pressure, and the sides are sealed. The bearings used are FDB (Fluid Dynamic Bearing) to aid in the reduction of noise, with extra magnetic support in the center of the fan to further reduce vibration. An industrial grade motor is used to allow these fan to operate quietly, even at full speed, which is 1900RPM. 

The cap on the cooler is magnetic too giving us dark and metallic looking options out-of-the-box, and each still have a great ARGB light ring surrounding them. The sides of radiator are lined with brushed aluminium shields further adding to the premium look of the kit. 

There are 47 addressable LEDs in the GALAHAD 360mm kit, allowing us to have true rainbow effects or solid colours. The tubing is both durable and flexible for perfect positioning within your system. 

The kit includes an ARGB controller, should you not have the required motherboard header to use with software suites, but if you do, these AiO kits work with Asus AURA, Gigabyte Fusion, MSi Mystic Light and Asrock PolyChrome Sync ready motherboards - so yep, that's everything we could want!

Picture of 240mm Rad

Inside the box you'll find AM4 socket bracket within the box making is savvy for your next Ryzen build, and you're also good to use with Coffee Lake Intel CPU which continue to work with the 1151 socket type.

The 360mm Lian Li Galahad ARGB water cooling kit is an exceptionally good kit, both in terms of quiet performance and eye-catching design, check out the full range in the Lian LI Store today!

4. AORUS 240 CPU Water Cooling

A glorious new addition to the range here at PB Tech is this AORUS 240 which features a rather unique (and certainly eye-catching) 60mm circular full-colour display! 

It does not just look good though, you can actually select GPU model ID, clock rates, temperatures, fan speeds and more to be shown on this one - it's utterly awesome looking and gives you instant access to live stats.

The new AORUS water cooling setups are extremely well made too, the kit feels premium not only on the fancy pump, but also on the connected RGB fans and radiator. Compatible with both Intel and AMD these kits are sure to make their way into many Gaming PCs going forward, fair enough to, they look fantastic.

Using the AORUS Fusion software suite, you can select from a range of patterns and modes, with custom images and text options. This can be useful for monitoring your PC performance too, you can set it to show CPU clock speeds, fan RPM, temperatures and more. RGB with purpose.

Don't worry about how you install the CPU pump and pipes direction too much either, with this one you can switch that display orientation to match, pipes down or to the left, it's no problem with Aorus!

Picture of AORUS Water Cooling Digital Display

It does not just look good though, you can actually select GPU model ID, clock rates, temperatures, fan speeds and more to be shown on this one - it's utterly awesome looking and gives you instant access to live stats.

The new AORUS water cooling setups are extremely well made too, the kit feels premium not only on the fancy pump, but also on the connected RGB fans and radiator. Compatible with both Intel and AMD these kits are sure to make their way into many Gaming PCs going forward, fair enough to, they look fantastic.

The AORUS 240 All-in-one Water Cooling Kit is just part of the exciting new range, so be sure to check them out in the Gigabyte Store.

5. Corsair Hydro Series H150i PRO RGB CPU Water Cooling 

Corsair well and truly jumped into the premium addressable LED all-in-one water cooling game. Refining their already excellent coolers legacy with a range of cooling options that feature exceptionally quiet fans, and signature Corsair RGB goodness.

The fans will literally not spin when temps mean they don't need too, for complete silence, and the ramp running from 400 (oh so quiet) to 2,400 RPM (Seriously chilling) while in operation is done really well by Corsair, without the jarring burnout effect previously experiences with 0DB modes. This, along with the low-noise pump design, make for a high performance, quiet cooling solution.

16 individually controlled RGB LEDs light up the pump head to produce stunning, customisable lighting effects to match your build., but this logo also locks you into mounting the CPU cover with pipes facing right - so things could get tight depending on your ram spacing, thankfully a kit this big is usually paired with the higher end, often larger motherboard it deserves.

A Micro USB cable is used to customise the RGB and monitor pump speeds with on this one, and Corsair have continued to improve their already excellent iCue software suite. iCUE unites all of your compatible Corsair components and devices, making it easy to customise all connected components and gaming gears.

Picture of USB on Corsair

The Corsair H series of coolers and available in a range of sizes to suit a range of chassis, and the wonderful white colour Corsair Hydro Series H100i RGB PLATINUM SE, the latest water cooling kits sure are looking good! Check out the full range in the Corsair Store today!

6. NZXT M22 Kraken 120MM RGB CPU Water Cooling

Huh? I thought you said top 5!? Well, this NZXT kit was just too good to leave out!

The popular NZXT Kraken Series of All in One Water Cooling features one of the most eye-catching CPU block/pump combos in all-in-one liquid coolers.

The infinity mirror design is fitted with some impressive multizone RGB lighting which you control with NZXT's own CAM software package, though CAM's software interface you'll also be able to fine-tune settings to ensure optimal performance, even in the most intense gaming sessions, you can even set the cooler colours to reactive modes that respond to changes in system conditions, such as temperature or audio output!

Fine nylon sleeves are added to strengthen the rubber tubing. As an added protective layer, it shields your Kraken cooler tubes from potential damage during installation.

It's extremely quiet, thanks to the use of Aer P120 radiator fans which feature a chamfered intake and fluid dynamic bearings, so they deliver silent operation, durability, and powerful cooling performance.

Compatibility wise you can use the M22 with the latest from Intel and AMD, be it LGA1200 for Intel 10th Gen or AM4 for Ryzen 5000. One thing to watch out for is the USB 2.0 internal header connection, this is what allows the CAM software to interface with the RGB CPU cooler rather than a traditional RGB header - so double check you have a spare on your motherboard.

Picture of M22 NZXT Water Cooling Kit

The M22 AiO Water Cooling Kit is just one many options available now from NZXT, some of which feature new digital LED effects too, such as the new Kraken X53.

They’re all utterly awesome, check out the latest NZXT Water Cooling Kits today!

WOAH! So many amazing AiO Water Cooling Kits already... better cool off for now :P 

These are just a small slice from the massive PC Component range available today, with even more new options incoming we'll continue to update this article with the latest and best!


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Benjamin Bolstad

Spends time gaming when he should be sleeping

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