Zalman LQ315 Ultimate Liquid Cooler for CPU
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Blue LED comes to the ZALMAN LQ-315 water cooler to provide modding effect and pump status. The ZALMAN LQ-315 features excellent liquid cooling technology, easy installation and effortless maintenance. Pure copper base with inner Micro Fins, aluminium radiator and an ultra quiet 120mm PWM fan merge to deliver superior cooling performance. Broad socket compatibility makes it suitable for almost all the mainstream motherboard platforms.
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Now after two days the idle temp starts at 34-35 degs and rises to 50 degrees on load. The sound has got progressively worse, similar to a toilet cistern that's constantly filling up, an annoying trickling sound...noisy fans i can live with that, water sounds that have nothing to do with rivers, a stream, the sea... nah... really not the most desirable sound to hear inside your computer as you constantly keep wanting to check to see if its leaking... even though it probably isn't. I guess they skimped on the cooling fluid to make themselves a few extra bucks. Obviously another company that chooses to lets its customers do their quality control at the customers expense ie: I guess ill have to fork out another 7 quid to return the thing to amazon....
One things for sure I wont be buying another Zalman product in a hurry after all all they had to do was assemble the things. As Asetek is licensing its technology on these things and everyone else just sells them with their name on it... Or maybe Amazon just gets all the seconds......
However... it has severe drawbacks.
installation was a pain. fitting the pump's mounting unit together was an excercise in extreme frustration and the instructiosn were rubbish.
Now let's get on to the noise. I knew it wouldn't be silent. But this pump is loud, really loud. It sounds like a server room inside an aquarium, a loud ever present humming. And that isn't the worst of it. There's also a buzzing coming from the pump block. You can hear it clearly from a few metres away. Ever heard the electric buzz from a blown floodlight? It's just like that.
I was gonna give this 3 stars but having contacted Zalman about the buzzing issue and receiving absolutely no response, I'm knocking a star off.
I wasn't concerned about the fan that comes with the kit because my plan was to use 2x 120mm Delta PWM fans which work brilliantly. Temperature readings are excellent. One thing i will say is that the standard thermal paste doesn't cover the entire face of my 8150fx processor. This means it doesn't cool as well as it could. I ended up cleaning it all up and using some Akasa thermal paste ensuring the whole CPU is covered. Reduced temperatures significantly.
better than non liquid cooler cpu.
more quiter than other non maintenance liquid cpu cooler
happy with my cpu temperature ranging from 28-42 non OC setting.
only downside for me is it only got one fan.
on my experience, having 2 fan set up produce a much cooler effect for the CPU.
and yup expect some noise when it is on turbo set up so it is not really than 100 quiet but atleast to the bearable non irritating level.
It keeps my FX 8320 @ 4ghz at a max of about 50° playing Crysis 3, idle is about 30°.
I have 2 cooler master fans in the front of the case on quiet and its fan doesn't produce noise over the top of them, no noise at all from pump. It can be used in a push pull if needs be, long screws in the box.
I'm only 1 week in so will update in a month..
it's a really good cooler and won't let you down.
the 1st one i received was a little faulty, it made some noise but the replacement amazon sent me was just perfect.
For the price I would highly recommend this cooler for both Intel and AMD users.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had no issues really, its surprisingly quiet,
I wish that they would keep the price down though, I nabbed one for £45 but now the price has shot up, Id buy more otherwise
Great cooler, have used this style before but never a Zalman. Very quiet in operation and solid assembly give you confidence in its abilities.Published 12 months ago by Mr. P. A. Barber
Great piece of kit for those looking to cool their graphics hardware. Used it with the NZXT G10 GPU adaptor (see my review) and have seen the temps for my MSI 290 Twin Frozr drop... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Howard S.