If you have a high-end CPU and are into overclocking, then you do require a powerful CPU cooler that can keep the CPU temperature under check, even at full load. Here, you cannot rely on CPU Air Coolers because even most of the best CPU Air Coolers can only compete against the best 240mm AIOs or 280mm AIOs. So, if you want the best cooling for your processor, then you need to get a 360mm AIO liquid CPU Cooler, which is the largest mainstream AIO you can get for cooling down your processor. Yes, 420mm AIO exists too, but it is very rare, and also, there are not many PC cases that can support it. An example of a 420mm AIO is the Alphacool Eisbaer 420.
A 360mm AIO consists of a 360mm radiator (~396mm in reality), three 120mm fans, and a water block that also houses the pump. The thickness of the radiator may vary as some may have thicker radiators than others. Due to the large radiator or surface area, higher liquid capacity, and triple fans, it can achieve much higher cooling performance than smaller AIOs and CPU Air Coolers. A 360mm AIO is generally fitted on the front of the case because most of the cases offer 360mm radiator support on the front panel only, and it also helps to avoid the clearance issue with other components on the motherboard. These bigger 360mm all-in-one liquid CPU coolers are mainly used for high-end processors with higher TDPs and extreme overclocking.
There are many 360mm AIOs available from different brands, but not all of them offer top-level performance as some 360mm AIOs can even lose out to a good 280mm or even 240mm AIO. So, here I am going to list the best 360mm AIOs that you can get for your gaming or enthusiast PC. Before getting any 360mm AIO, make completely sure that you have a computer case that can accommodate one and has enough clearance for other components.
Best 360mm AIO Liquid CPU Coolers
Here are the top 360mm AIO liquid CPU coolers for overclocking and for high-end processors with higher TDP.
[Silent Operation, Looks Good, RGB Lighting]
When it comes to AIOs, then Corsair is one of the major players in this area. It makes high-quality all-in-one liquid CPU coolers for all sizes that include 120mm, 240mm, 280mm, and 360mm. Here we have H150i PRO, which is a great looking 360mm all-in-one liquid CPU Cooler. It comes with an aluminum radiator that is relatively on the thinner side. The radiator is cooled down by three 120mm Corsair ML120 series Magnetic Levitation fans that are known for their high reliability and performance. These are PWM fans and spin at 400 to 1600 RPM and generate airflow of 47.3 CFM and static pressure of 1.78 mmH2O, which are pretty good figures. Also, because of such good fans, you don’t have to replace them with other fans, which most of the users do with AIOs that come with mediocre fans. The AIO comes with braided or sleeved tubes for extra protection against cuts and other forms of damage.
The AIO supports all the popular Intel and AMD sockets, including the AM4 and TR4. For the TR4 socket, you have to purchase the bracket additional from the Corsair. The installation of this AIO is very easy, and it uses the modular tool-free mounting bracket. When it comes to the cooling performance, then it beats almost all the high-end CPU Air coolers but does lose out to a couple of top-end 360mm AIOs (e.g., Alphacool Eisbaer 360) and custom liquid cooling kit having the same radiator size. It can handle top-end processors like Core i9 9900K (overclocked at 5GHz on all cores) well under the safe temperature range at full load. The cooler is very silent in operation, and only at full speed, it becomes slightly vocal.
The water block houses the RGB LED that can be customized using the CORSAIR iCUE software, which can also be used to activate Zero RPM mode that stops the fan from spinning under low load for completely silent operation. Using the CORSAIR iCUE software, you can adjust the fan and pump speed, customize the fan curve, set profiles, monitor the temperature, and customize the lighting. So, if you are looking for a silent 360mm AIO that looks great and has enough performance to offer, then it will not disappoint you.
|Corsair H150i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel 1150/1151/1155/1156/2011/2066 and AMD AM3/AM2/AM4/TR4|
|Fan Size||120mm x 3|
|Fan Speed||400 – 1600 RPM|
|Fan Airflow||47.3 CFM|
|Fan Static Pressure||1.78 mmH2O|
|Fan Noise Level||25 dBA|
|Features||RGB Water Block, Sleeved Tubes, CORSAIR iCUE software support, Copper Cold Plate, Magnetic Levitation Fans, Zero RPM mode|
[Great Performance, Amazing RGB Lighting, Stylish & Beautiful]
Like Corsair, NZXT is another big computer hardware manufacturer and is known for its premium liquid CPU coolers. Here we have NZXT Kraken X73, which is one of the best 360mm AIOs that you can get for your high-end gaming rig and overclocking. This is a very stylish, modern, and sleek looking 360mm liquid CPU cooler that comes with RGB lighting and an all-black color.NZXT Kraken X73 is a refresh of the older NZXT Kraken X72 with some improvements. It comes with a 7th generation Asetek Pump that is quieter and delivers slightly better performance compared to the 5th generation Asetek pump used in NXZT Kraken X72. Also, NZXT X73 comes with a 10% bigger LED ring with a rotatable top for aligning the logo as per your liking. The CPU cooler uses an aluminum radiator and three Aer P120 fans, which are high static pressure fans and spins at a speed of 500 – 2000 RPM. The fans come with Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) for a longer lifespan and generate an airflow of 73.11 CFM and static pressure of 2.93mmH2O, which are commendable figures. The cooler comes with sleeved tubings for extra protection and has got a copper base plate for better heat transfer from the CPU.
NZXT Kraken X73 supports a variety of Intel and AMD sockets that also include AMD AM4 and TR4 sockets. The installation is quite simple, and no extra effort is required for it. When it comes to performance, then beats the above-mentioned Corsair Hydro Series H150i PRO but remains slightly louder than it because of higher speed fans. However, the cooler remains pretty silent unless the fans are maxed out at full CPU load. The addressable RGB LEDs are present on the CPU water block on this cooler, and they look amazing. The RGB lighting can be customized using the NZXT CAM software, which is also used to adjust pump speed and monitor various aspects of the AIO. So, if you are looking for premium quality and beautiful 360mm AIO that offers great cooling performance then NZXT Kraken X73 is to go for.
|NZXT Kraken X73 Liquid CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel Socket 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066 and AMD Socket TR4, AM4, FM2+, FM2, FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2|
|Fan Size||120mm x 3|
|Fan Speed||500 – 2000 RPM|
|Fan Airflow||73.11 CFM|
|Fan Static Pressure||2.93 mm-H2O|
|Fan Noise Level||21-36 dBA|
|Features||Sleeved Tubes, RGB Lighting, NZXT CAM Software Support, Aer P Static Pressure Fans, Sleek Design, Copper Base Plate for CPU|
[Sleek Design, No RGB, Good Performance]
Fractal Design Celsius S36 is a no-nonsense 360mm liquid CPU cooler from Fractal Design. It does not come with fancy RGB or LED lighting but rather packs high quality and has unique features. The AIO comes with a sleek CPU block that houses the pump too and has got sleeved rubber tubes. The 360mm radiator has an aluminum construction and uses standard G 1/4″ thread for maximum compatibility and expandability with standard DIY components. You can easily add and integrate a GPU block to it if you want to water-cool your high-end GPU. The AIO uses Fractal Design Dynamic X2 PWM fans that spin at a speed of 500 – 2000 RPM and offer a good amount of airflow and static pressure at 87.6 CFM and 2.30 mmH2O respectively.
The cooler supports all the popular Intel and AMD sockets that also include AM4 and TR4 Sockets. The installation is very simple, and the sleek CPU water block makes the process so much easier. The cooling performance of this AIO is very good, and it can easily tame the Core i9 9900K, overclocked at 5GHz on all cores. It is also a pretty silent performer at normal loads but can become louder at full fan and pump speeds. It does not support any software for fan and pump speed control, and both fan and pump speeds can be controlled by an intelligent auto mode or can be switched to PWM mode using a rotary selector present on the CPU water block/pump. So, if you are looking for a sleek 360mm AIO that offers good clearance, has no distracting RGBs and has a solid build quality and performance, then Fractal Design Celsius S36 is the best you can get.
|Fractal Design Celsius S36 Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-v3, 2066 (via included 2011-v3 kit) and AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, AM4, FM1, FM2, FM2+, TR4|
|Fan Size||120mm x 3|
|Fan Speed||500 – 2000 RPM|
|Fan Airflow||87.6 CFM|
|Fan Static Pressure||2.30 mm H2O|
|Fan Noise Level||32.2 dBA|
|Features||Copper Cold Plate, Sleeved Tubes,|
[Copper Radiator, Modular & Expandable Design, Great Performance]
Alphacool is a German company that specializes in liquid cooling solutions and makes high-performance AIOs and custom water-cooling kits. Here we have Alphacool Eisbaer 360, which is an expandable and modular all-in-one liquid CPU cooler. It is not your everyday closed-loop AIO cooler because, in Alphacool Eisbaer 360, you can refill or top up with liquid if you need to. All the fittings and hoses on this AIO are removable, and they can be expanded or replaced with other hoses as they use standard G 1/4″ threads/fittings. The CPU cooler comes with a comparatively larger CPU water block that also serves as a reservoir to some extent. Not only the cold plate in this AIO is made of copper, but also the whole radiator is of copper and this helps tremendously in better heat transfer and dissipation. The cooler uses three 120mm be quiet! Pure Wings 2 fans that come with rifle bearings, and spin at 1500 RPM. These fans generate a good amount of airflow and static pressure and are very quiet in operation with a noise level rating of 19 dBA only.
The quick-lock closure/quick-lock mechanism on one of the hoses is compatible with Alphacool HF quick-lock closures (1010383, 1010394, 1010395, 1010442), with which the circuit can easily be expanded to include anything from a radiator to a graphics card cooler. The AIO supports the majority of Intel and AMD sockets that also include the Socket AM4. The performance of this cooler is at its very best, and it beats the top CPU air coolers and also the Corsair Hydro Series H150i PRO Liquid CPU cooler. There are no RGB LEDs, and only the alphacool logo on the water block/pump is illuminated in blue color. Looks-wise, it will not win the beauty pageant, but performance-wise it is among the best 360mm AIOs around.
|Alphacool Eisbaer 360 Liquid CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel 1151/1150/1155/1156/ 755/2011-3/2011/1366/2066 and AMD AM4/AM3(+)/AM3/AM2(+)/AM2/939/ FM2(+)/FM2/FM1/G34/940|
|Fan Size||120mm x 3|
|Fan Speed||1500 RPM|
|Fan Airflow||51.4 CFM|
|Fan Static Pressure||1.25 mmH2O|
|Fan Noise Level||19.2 dBA|
|Features||Copper Radiator, Modular Design, Expandable, Refillable|
[Budget 360mm AIO, RGB Fans & Water Block]
Enermax LIQMAX III ARGB 360 is an affordable 360mm AIO cooler that looks pretty fancy with so much RGB lighting. Besides RGB lighting, the AIO offers a good amount of performance, too, and packs some unique features to increase the cooling performance. The AIO features a Dual-Chamber Design Water block design that isolates the pump from the heat to extend its lifetime. It also features Central Coolant Inlet (CCI) design and patented Shunt-Channel Technology (SCT), where the Dual Chamber Design water block has a Central Coolant Inlet (CCI) structure, combined with the Shunt-Channel Technology (SCT) on the cold plate. It can inject the coolant at the hottest spot to prevent heat surges and shorten the coolant flow path, resulting in faster heat transfer. The fans used on the radiator spins at 500 – 1600 RPM and generate a good amount of airflow and static pressure. The cooler comes with a copper cold plate for better heat transfer and sleeved tubings for extra protection against cuts. The ARGB LEDs are present on the water block and the fans, and they look quite amazing when lit up. The RGB lighting can be controlled by the included RGB controller using a switch or by the motherboard’s 5V 3-pin ARGB header.
The cooler supports almost all the popular current-generation Intel and AMD Sockets, including the AM4. The installation is straightforward and does not require extra effort. The cooling performance of this AIO is very good, and it can easily handle Ryzen 9 3900X or Core i7 9700K at full load. It is also pretty silent in operation even when the fan and pump run at full speed under high CPU load. So, if you are looking for a budget AIO that has plenty of RGB, remains quite silent, and offers great performance for the price, then this is the one to check out.
|Enermax LIQMAX III ARGB 360 Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA 2066/2011-3/2011/1366/1156/1155/1151/1150 and AMD AM4/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2/FM2+/FM2/FM1|
|Fan Size||120mm x 3|
|Fan Speed||500 – 1600 RPM|
|Fan Airflow||72.1 CFM|
|Fan Static Pressure||1.98 mmH2O|
|Fan Noise Level||27 dBA|
|Features||Sleeve Tubes, Copper Cold Plate, RGB Lighting, Dual Chamber Water Block, Central Coolant Inlet (CCI) design and patented Shunt-Channel Technology (SCT), Supports Asus Aura Sync/ Gigabyte Fusion 2.0/ MSI Mystic Light Sync/ ASRock Polychrome/ Razer Chroma RGB Software|
[Anti-leak Technology, Good Performance, Stylish, RGB Lighting]
Deepcool CASTLE 360EX is a high-tech 360mm AIO that packs some unique features, which you won’t find in other AIOs. This is a beautiful-looking AIO that comes with addressable RGB LEDs on the CPU water block/pump. The closed-loop liquid cooler (CLC) features Anti-leak technology that prevents the leakage of the fluid by using a pressure releasing mechanism inside the radiator. Inside the radiator, there is an elastic pressure-relief bag whose one side is exposed to the air and the other side dipped in the coolant. When the internal pressure exceeds atmospheric pressures, the bag squeezes and thereby increases the system’s internal volume, which releases the increased pressure, and the risk of leakage is avoided. The pump uses a 3-phase, x-life motor and pressure charging impeller that increases the airflow for better performance. The cooler comes with Deepcool TF120S fans that come with Hydro baring and has a speed in the range of 500 to 1800 RPM. The fans generate a good amount of airflow and static pressure but are a bit loud compared to the competition. However, the pump is very quiet. The CPU water block houses the RGB lighting in the form of a logo, which can be customized and can be twisted for your desired alignment.
The AIO can be used with the majority of the CPU Sockets from Intel and AMD, including the AM4 one. The installation process is fairly simple, and the cooler comes with all the required mounting brackets and screws with it. The cooling performance is very good, and it can easily handle an overclocked Ryzen 9 3900X or Intel Core i9 9900K. The RGB lighting can be controlled using the included RGB controller or by a 5V 3-pin ARGB header via the motherboard’s RGB software. Overall, a pretty nice 360mm AIO that offers great performance and looks astonishing.
|Deepcool CASTLE 360EX AIO Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel Socket 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 2011, 2011-3, 2066 and AMD AM4, FM2+, FM2, FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2|
|Fan Size||120mm x 3|
|Fan Speed||500 – 1800 RPM|
|Fan Airflow||64.4 CFM|
|Fan Static Pressure||2.33 mmH2O|
|Fan Noise Level||32 dBA|
|Features||Sleeved Tubes, Anti-leak Technology, RGB Lighting, Asus Aura Sync/ Gigabyte Fusion 2.0/ MSI Mystic Light Sync/ ASRock Polychrome/ Razer Chroma RGB Software Support, Customizable Lock, Copper Base Plate|
Other 360mm AIO Liquid CPU Coolers
Here are some other 360mm AIO liquid CPU coolers that are worth checking out.
- Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB
- EVGA CLC 360 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler
- ASUS ROG Strix LC360 Liquid CPU Cooler
- Thermaltake Water 3.0 Liquid CPU Cooler
- Thermaltake Floe Triple Riing RGB 360 TT Premium Edition
- Deepcool Captain 360X Liquid CPU Cooler
How to Enhance 360mm AIO Cooling Performance?
If you want to further enhance the cooling performance of your 360mm AIO, then you can do so by replacing the original fans with better fans having higher static pressure and airflow. Some AIOs do come with mediocre fans, and in such cases, you can replace them with fans from companies like Noctua that makes the high-performance and high-quality computer fans.
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If you have a top-of-the-line processor with high TDP and are into overclocking then a 360mm AIO is a must if you want to extract the maximum performance out of your CPU. A 360mm AIO may not compete against custom liquid cooling kits with the same radiator size, but it is the second-best thing after it, and also, not everyone has the budget and expertise to set up a custom liquid cooling loop. If you have any queries regarding them, then feel free to ask in the comment section below.
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