When you hear the name Sapphire, you usually think of well-cooled AMD graphics cards, and in connection with water cooling, perhaps the RX 6900XT Toxic that we tested here. But to CPU coolers? But that’s exactly the segment they’re trying to make a name for themselves in now, as the popular Nitro+ lineup now also features two AiO watercoolers for the processor. And how they did in the test is also revealed in the following article.
Packaging and scope of delivery
While the shipping box is still quite unspectacular and gives rather functional sober information about the contents ..
.. you then bring out the marketing guns for the text on the inside and fire a barrage of buzzwords at the already convinced buyer. If anyone has an idea what you’re getting at with “moto-inspo”, please leave a comment.
But now that we have left this part behind us, it continues promisingly. The AiO is presented in the usual cardboard box and was additionally bagged, the fans get a paper protection.
And Sapphire can surprise here already times, because such a care for the radiator I have not seen so far. On the side facing outwards, three additional plastic spacers or protective covers have been clamped into the brackets.
The holes suggest that the most inattentive customers have been taken into account, so that the performance of the cooler is considerably reduced, but the chance of survival is increased in the worst case.
In the accessories we then find the usual assortment of mounting hardware, screws and a proprietary splitter cable for fans and lighting. A tube of thermal paste is once again not available.
Assembly and installation
As – fortunately – with so many modern coolers, the existing backplate of the motherboard may remain on the S360-A for the AM4 socket. This is only extended by four stand-off screws, on which then the water cooling takes place. Finally, the necessary contact pressure is created with four thumbscrews and the AiO is ready for use.
As always, here is the overview of the technical details, for more information you can then visit the manufacturer’s product page.