be quiet! Silent Loop 280mm AIO CPU Cooler Review




/ 4 years ago

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A Closer Look


First impressions of the 280mm AIO from be quiet! are overwhelmingly positive, the build quality and design look and feel fantastic. The radiator is a slim type, but still has a good thickness and weight to it, with very nicely finished edges.

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The very flexible and thick tubing has a good length to it and comes with a glossy exterior as well as a free-moving metal spring-like coil to give it added protection, while the 3-pin pump header has a black braiding over it.

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The radiator comes with mounts on both sides for up to four 140mm fans (2 per side).

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What I do love is that the cooler uses large high-quality screw fittings, the kind you would normally see on custom-loop radiator, giving it a premium quality look. Actually, to say it only looks high-quality is selling it short, as it certainly feels it too.

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The radiator has a nicely packed fin array, giving it plenty of surface area to shift lots of heat from the unit, while also having decent spacing to allow for lots of air flow.

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The pump has a nice low profile design that uses top mounted pipe fittings, which will help avoid compatibility issues with surrounding motherboard components. The top panel has a brushed aluminum finished with a raised be quiet! logo on the top that’s both understated and stylish at the same time.

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Again, we see two more high-quality screw fittings, and finally, those cut-away corners to give it a slightly sleeker appearance.

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There’s a huge contact plate on the base of the cooler, which will provide ample coverage even on the larger CPU socket types.

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What’s always nice to see is that the plate has a very nice polished finish to it, ensuring you get a nice clean contact between the CPU and the pump.

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