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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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Features & Specification

The CPU-380I’s cooling engine features nickel plated high flow microfins, a heavy duty mounting mechanism with acetal top, and supports most Intel motherboards. The Koolance CPU-380 comes with full accessories. Included in the package are: the mounting mechanism for Intel platforms, a tube of thermal paste, aluminum thermal probe tapes, nylon washers, Allen-key and an installation guide.

Specifications

Dimension: 3.75×4.50×2.25 in (9.53 x 11.43 x 5.72 cm) (WxDxH)
Material: Copper, Stainless steel Nickel-Plated Copper, Stainless Steel, POM Acetal, EPDM
Weight: 160g (Intel version)
Finishing: Nickel plated
Port thread: Standard G1/4”
Compatibility: Intel LGA 1155/1156, 1366 & 2011,
Accessories: Thermal paste, installation guide, washers, foils tape and Alen-key
Cost: $74.99

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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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