Koolance’s CPU-380I is an all-around great water block that has a sleek and robust design. It also has excellent craftsmanship in one complete package with a price tag of $74.95, backed by a one year warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. The CPU-380 only weighs 160g but still is very solid thanks to the heavy duty stainless steel hold-down bracket.
In terms of thermal performance, the CPU-380 out-runs today’s top performers such as XSPC Raystorm and the EK-Supremacy. It may not a shatter record but the CPU-380 did walk away with the King-of-the-Hill crown in one or two pump configurations. As for flow restriction, the CPU-380 has no problem pairing with a multiple block setup system.
Installation is fairly easy due to the newly improved lock-nut implementation for the post screws. The post-screw is no longer departing from the back-plate when you try to remove the thumbscrew.
Interestingly, there’s no mandatory block orientation when you install the CPU-380 but we discovered the CPU-380 yields better temperature when the block’s ports are perpendicular to the memory DIMMs.
Overall there’s a lot to like about the Koolance CPU-380I. It’s sexy, elegant and performs very well, and we like the look of its black acetal and nickel plate.
Holiday Season is here and if you are ready to take a plunge into DIY water cooling world, we highly recommend the Koolance CPU-380 for your new Intel or AMD build.