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Koolance CPU-380I Waterblock

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Posted December 12, 2012 by Deton in Cooling
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Release Date: Currently available
 
Price at time of Review: $74.95
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Sleek sexy and excellent performance.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Fittings & AMD hold-down bracket no longer included.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
New King-of-the-Hill CPU water block.
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by Deton
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Introduction

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t PureOC we are not only hardware junkies but we’re also water cooling addicts. It’s sad to see Danger Den ceased its operation. On the other hand, it is a joy to see another new water block released. Liquid cooling has become more popular these days in the PC cooling world, but if you’re not yet ready dive into the deep end of the water cooling pool by yourself, then let us take you there vicariously.

Fans of Koolance might notice that the company recently launched the new flagship CPU waterblock. Continuing its two tones theme, the CPU-380 block is an innovative design which incorporates some of the most up-to-date water block technologies.

The CPU-380 might be Koolance’s most eye catching CPU water block. It sports Acetal black and nickel plating, and is a dazzling compliment to any Intel or AMD motherboards. Koolance is no longer including both AMD and Intel mounting mechanisms in one-complete-package. The CPU-380 is now available in Intel or AMD version, the block is designated with a capitol letter “i” for Intel and “a” for AMD.

Today we’re going to take a dive with the CPU-380I to find out how this new flagship waterblock stacks up against the other competitors.

“With research beginning in 1995 and in 2000, Koolance has become well-known for innovation. From smaller components, such as its patented cooling blocks, to the world’s first professional PC external system, the Exos, Koolance has continued its role as a pioneer in cooling equipment and design. Exceptional performance, reliability, power savings, and significant noise reduction are what make Koolance the thermal management choice for customers worldwide.”

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3 Comments


  1.  
    Jason

    erm, WHAT WE DISLIKED:Fittings & AMD hold-down bracket no longer included.
    AMD have their own separate 380A? lol…




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      Blocks used to include both fittings and hardware, that is no longer the case. So consumers aren’t getting the choice in terms of value-added features. It’s either or. I suppose that’s not a problem if you have an Intel or AMD rig and never intended to switch, but for anyone who would, you’d need to buy it separately now; it was included before in the purchase price. I can understand the decision, but it’s also a bit of a “cheaping out” on the part of Koolance. Ideally, consumers should see a price drop to correspond to the lack of hardware no longer included.




  2.  
    Deton

    As Jake has pointed out, Koolance uses to included AMD & Intel hold-down brackets in one complete package. Now they available separately. A full metal nickle plated CPU block cost approximate $90-$100; example; the CPU-370 used to cost about $99, Raystrom Cu or Chromed is $95 and EK-Supremacy Fullnickle is $96. Now, the CPU-380i has no brass top or AMD hold-down bracket, therefore its price drop down to $74 but if you compare to the Supremacy then it doesn’t have the best value. Because the Supremacy has brass top and AMD bracket.

    Most people like to reuse their water blocks from one system to another. If you decided to build AMD in six months or a year from now then you can’t use the CPU-380I unless you have to purchase AMD hold-down bracket. When that time comes you might have a hard time to locate the bracket due to the vendor no longer carry the inventory or the manufacture no support older blocks.





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