There are so many AIOs on the market that it must make it difficult to distinguish how each one separates itself from the other. Some units go for cost and other straight for performance. RAIJINTEK was established in 2013 to “accomplish the future of IT and Lifestyle products”. Raijintek is a company that is going for a global brand with the aim of designing high-end products. They have done something here a bit differently with their AIO unit. They allow a combination of a custom loop but the convenience of an AIO closed loop cooler. They add the look of compression fittings and use colored dyes for changing up your loops color. Let’s see if this cooler can stand out among the crowded market of AIO coolers and if it offers a good price / performance ratio.
The specifications are as follows:
|Product Name||TRITON 240 GREEN / TRITON 240 RED / TRITON 240 BLUE|
|Product Number||0R100019 / 0R100020 / 0R100021|
|Radiator Dimension [W×D×H]||275×120×32 mm|
|Tubing Dimension||ID – 9.5 mm – / OD – 12.5mm|
|Thermal Resistance||0.1 °C/W|
|Liquid capacity||350ml ±5%|
|Material||Alu. Radiator / Copper Water Block|
|Intel®||All Socket LGA 775/115x/1366/201x CPU (Core™ i3 / i5 / i7 CPU)|
|AMD®||All FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 CPU|
The triton is in a very large box with images of the unit and the triton logo. The back of the box goes over the why this cooler is good and what parts make it high performance. Inside the unit is well packed to help protect each part using foam. I assumed this test unit would have come with the dyes, but mine was prefilled with red dye out of the box. They do have other dyes separately and can be requested from their site here. They also have a unit that allows you to add the dyes before installation as well here.
This unit can be drained and use additional dyes but if you want the full experience I would get the product from the link above. You have to be cautious from removing the warranty sticker because Raijintek assumes no responsibility for any mishaps outside of their instructions or warranty policy.
The included accessories are:
The installation guide isn’t as straightforward as you would think but there is enough guidance for a person to get the job done. You have to consider that not all setup are the same and some deviation from the normal instructions might have to occur. I needed to use the longer screws for mounting the radiator to the front of my case.
I do find it really thoughtful that Raijintek included a bottle of coolant if you wish to redo the color another time, I will still need to request different dyes if I want to change out the color in the future.
Installation / Design
The Triton series are designed in Germany and made in Taiwan. This DIY cooling kit was designed as to be the “best performing and expandable All-In-One Liquid CPU cooler for enthusiasts”.
The included fans are PWM controlled and are between 1000 and 2000 rpm. They have a noise level of about 36 dB and can go up to 58 dB. At full these fans can be a bit noisy, but at idle speeds, they are pretty silent. IT hard to measure the lower noises without the proper tools, but Raijintek has them going down to about 20 dB. Having other computer parts for my testing adds to the background noise and contributes to the noise levels.
The first thing you are going to want to do before installation is to inspect the unit for good seals around the fittings and remove check any warning labels. Tritons copper block is a new design using microchannels and a large contact area for efficient cooling. The pump is also new and uses a technology called “high Q-Max”, low dBA noise levels, and reliable bearing for longer lasting performance.
The pump is massive and will require some space for installation. The body is made from clear acrylic and allows you to see the illuminated LEDs during use. Giving a cohesive look to the overall design we see more compression fittings on the cooler as well. There is also a refillable cap in the upper left for flushing the system and redoing another color if you want to.
The included radiator for this unit is 240mm. It measures 275x120x32mm (LxWxD) and can be comparable from radiators included with corsair units. The radiator does have a high water channel density which should allow for a high dissipation of heat, providing the included fans are up to the challenge.
The tubing included with the unit is flexible clear tubing and shows off your included color well. Adding to the design, the compression fittings make the unit looks really good and adds to the modularity of the kit.
Installation is pretty straight forward from other AIO kits. Personally, the instructions are not the easiest to follow but I started with the back plate. The back plate has foam to help protect the motherboard and screws down from the front mounting plate. The front mounting plate is used to secure the massive water block and pump.
After I had the front mounting bracket in, I mounted the fans and radiator to the front of my chassis. I decided to mount the fans in front and use the longer screws to secure the radiator. This allowed direct air flow from the front to blow cold air across the radiator. I felt this combination was suited best for my setup and optimal temperatures.
Once I had the radiator and front bracket set it was time to mount the cooler/pump to the CPU. I did follow this part of the instruction process as it suggests to use the plastic brush to put a smooth layer across your CPU of the included thermal compound. I normally suggest the pea size method but here I followed the application instructions to avoid any pockets of air from the bigger cooler. Also, one you have the block secured don’t forget to plug in the 4 pin PWM fan to the proper motherboard header. In this case, I used the CPU_Fan header to apply a constant rpm to the pump for proper function.
For testing, I overclocked my CPU to 4.5 GHz and will test noise and cooling. I used Prime 95 and Aida64 Extreme to test load performance. The load performance will consist of max RPM for fans and temperatures recorded. The Triton doesn’t ship with any software to control or monitor itself. You will have to rely on other software for temperatures and controlling fan speeds. You can use the PWM setting or curves from your bios or motherboard software.
My test bench is as follows:
- ViewSonic XG2703-GS Monitor
- Motherboard- Gigabyte GA-H110m-S2H
- CPU: Intel Core I3 6100 3M
- Network Card- Netgear AC 1200 USB
- Cooler- Raijintek 240mm AIO
- Memory- Anarchy X 8GB DDR4 2800MHz
- Video Card: Zotac Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti
- Storage- Storage- Toshiba VX500 512GB (Boot) / Seagate 3TB/ Zotac Sonix 480GB
- Power Supply- Corsair RM650X / Sleeved CableMod red/black cables
- OS: Windows 10 x64 Pro
- Headphones- Creative H7
The CPU was overclocked to 4.5 GHz using adaptive voltage. I validated the overclock and ran Prime95 for two hours before continuing. I have already validated my overclock with previous coolers, but I do the quick testing to make sure it still passes and the cooling performance of the new cooler is still sufficient. The Raijintek 240 does not come with software to control the fans, So I had to set PWM control in the bios. If your motherboard is new enough yo should have easy software to control the curves and speeds. The pump is PWM and should adjust per voltage for performance needs. I normally just make sure the bios sets the CPU fan header to 100% so the pump is at full speeds all the time. Some AIO coolers require this, like the H100i GTX V2.
For noise testing, I used a high gain microphone. I want to explain a few things about noise testing, and this unit in particular.
First: Testing noise levels can be difficult. First, don’t expect the same levels even with similar hardware. There are too many differences and variables that go into sound testing. You have to account for background noise and other sounds in the environment.
Second: I am one reviewer, and am not a professional sound studio. I am not testing these items in perfect conditions. I do not have an anechoic sound chamber in my test studio.
Here is a comparison of different noise level tests against other AIO coolers I’ve tested before. This should give you a good comparison of at least a few coolers. Notice that they are all very close and about as loud as a normal conversation is which is roughly (50dB). There can be a level of variances with noise level testing due to background noise, systems fans, and other parts of your system.
The Raijintek actually out beat the previous coolers I have tested. Again, they are pretty close to each other and all do a decent Job of keeping those temps down, but the Water 3.0 had the lowest temps of the coolers I’ve tested. This was with 4.5 GHz and adaptive voltage. This type of overclocking would produce a significant amount of heat and the Raijintek cooler and fans do a great job dissipating the heat away from the CPU.
On silent and idle system loads the temperates are around 28 °C. This is about standard for most coolers I test in my environment.
With all the choices out there for water cooling, you need to have some interesting features to make your product stand out. With the Raijintek you get a few customization options with the colored dyes and see through the tubing. The lack of software isn’t critical but would have been nice since this is a premium feature included with other AIO systems.
The radiator is built well for a 240mm system and allows for efficient cooling performance. The fans can be a bit loud on max settings though but no louder than a normal conversation. You can adjust these if you need to manually from the bios or use the PWM control to adjust fan curves. The pump and water block are one of the biggest I have seen for an AIO cooler.
I definitely recommend this cooler for anyone on a budget because at its price its a steal. It represents a great value for the performance you get from more expensive coolers. You also get the look of a custom loop and a well-designed unit. You can buy the Raijintek 240 mm AIO cooler for $89.00 on Newegg right now.