Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Raijintek Orcus 240 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Overview
Pulling everything for the cardboard shell we find the cooler with the radiator in a protective cardboard sleeve. A bag containing the two included RGN fans, coolant, a case containing installation hardware, a bag with the RGB components, and a manual.

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Digging in a little deeper we find Raijintek included all hardware needed for all your Intel and AMD installations as well as drip trays and the bottle of coolant we mentioned. Then you also get an RGB remote control, 8 way RGB hub, motherboard connector cable, and of course thermal material in a squeeze pouch and spreader.

Raijintek Orcus 240 Liquid CPU Cooler

Looking more closely at the RGB control hub you’ll notice it’s powered by a standard pass through molex connector. Then it offers 8 separate ports with standard RGB connectors and one MB in port. There is a switch next to port 6 that allows you to put the hub in MB mode or remote control mode. The included remote gives you decent control over your connected lights, but doesn’t allow you to do any custom programing. The quality of both the remote and the hub is fairly low. It’s all low impact plastics and cheap wiring. The hub does come with double sided tape on the back so that’s nice.

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Moving on we’ve got two 120mm RGB fans in the kit. They have clear blades and RGB rings on the intake side held by black high impact plastic frames. In addition to the dense high impact plastic the frames also feature rubber on both sides of each of the feet. These fans are both PWM and RGB and as such require connectors for both. This means we have a black four pin connector for power and control as well as a white four pin RGB power and control connector. Aside from being a decent looking pair, they claim 42.17 CFM of flow with 1.7 mmH20 pressure at their max 1800rpm. Those numbers are neither impressive nor abismal but they are saved by the claimed max. noise output of only 23 dBA at the same 1800rpm. You can probably thank the hydraulic bearing used and blade design for the low sound level.

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While this cooler is certainly different than many others that we are used to seeing on the market, there are some things that are strangely familiar. To start the pump base and shape are similar to that of the Reevan Naia 240 that we reviewed recently. They also share the ports that allow them to be serviced by the end user. Then there is the Enermax Liqfusion that shares all of the basic design and function of the Orcus 240 including the external pump and flow meter. We’re not sure who exactly is building the base units, but the shared genes lead us to believe there is a single parent.

Raijintek Orcus 240 Liquid CPU Cooler

Even though it may not be the only external pump driven AiO on the market it’s the first one we have seen and that makes it pretty interesting. Once we get the protective cardboard off the rad we find a standard narrow width radiator connected to the block/flow meter by a short length of sleeved tubing. The whole thing is done in matte black which should blend into your build nicely.

Raijintek Orcus 240 Liquid CPU Cooler

One of the more interesting features is the flow meter built on the block. Laid below the Raijintek logo is a white spinning blade inside the flow of the loop. It’s not clear at which point the meter is placed, whether before or after the micro channels in the block but it should indicate at the very least that water is moving. Through this portal you can also see what level of coolant is in the loop as well as the lighting from the RGB leds inside. Worth noting is the quality of the plastic used on the block simply because it isn’t great. For such a main part of the unit we would have liked to see something a little more durable used. Something that doesn’t feel so cheap would have been ideal.

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Moving to the sides of the block we find inlet and outlet swivel fittings with power for the RGB leds exiting between the two. Two of the sides are just wings for connecting the block to the bracket. On the final side you will find a plug for refilling the loop with coolant when if it gets low.

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Raijintek claims the base of the block is all copper but based on the silver color that is probably not true. It could be nickel plated but that is rather unlikely considering the cost of the unit. More likely it is simply aluminum. There are obvious machine marks on the base so we give the finish a B- grade. We’ll have to see how it impacts performance.

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As we said earlier the block is connected the radiator (and in this case the pump too) via sleeved black tubing. It’s a decent diameter for flow and looks nice too. Before we hit the rad we come across that external pump. It a cylindrical shape that bisects both the inlet and outlet tubing. Again we aren’t sure which side the pump actually flows into but both are held in the casing.

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What is clearly the business end of the pump is covered in a rubber that appears to be some sort of heat shrink material. Protruding is a 3-pin connector for pump power. The portion of the pump in which the tubing resides is made of high impact plastic and held together with an accessible screw and nut.

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And finally we come to the radiator itself. It’s pretty standard. It has the same drain port opposite the tubing that we saw on the Reeven Naia 240. Otherwise it’s 27mm thick, and has a relatively high fin density of 16 fins per inch.

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