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Thermaltake Toughliquid 360 ARGB Sync AIO Cooler Review

A Closer Look

Out of the box, the Thermaltake Toughliquid 360 ARGB Sync presents itself well with a nice sleek black aesthetic. In addition, you’re also pleased to find that the length of the hose between the radiator and CPU block is rather generous, meaning that this should fit nicely within the vast majority of 360mm compatible system cases. As this is an AIO liquid cooler, however, there are clearly a number of key components within the design that make up the overall finished and ready-to-rock product. Let’s, therefore, take a closer look at some of them!

CPU Block

The CPU block initially comes with an exceptionally reflective surface. This is, of course, where the ARGB action happens and we will go into this in more detail later in the review. Coming with the mounting bracket pre-attached, however, this is definitely a helpful bonus as often during the installation process. This can be one of the more challenging, if not fiddly, aspects of most AIO cooler designs.

The side of the CPU block has both power and ARGB connectors, which are well-situated, meaning that you should easily be able to hook these up without your memory getting in the way. A factor that definitely helps this is the fact that both ports are set recessed into the CPU block meaning only the flexible part of the cable is exposed.

For those of you who don’t have ARGB sync compatible motherboards, Thermaltake has you covered with 3 buttons located to the side of the CPU block. Offering you the option to configure the lighting mode, colour pattern, and speed, this is undoubtedly a great addition to have. Albeit, we will concede that it’s more than a little unusual to see these directly mounted on the block. Usually, such functionality is generally offered via a manual and separate controller. Still, for us, this design, although not seen often, makes more sense both from a functionality and aesthetic standpoint.

Contact Plate

The contact plate on the Thermaltake Toughliquid 360 ARGB Sync is substantial meaning that whether you are Intel or AMD, this should provide total coverage for your processor. In addition, with its exceptionally high-polished copper finish, this should provide some excellent levels of heat transfer.

Radiator

Coming in a sleek black aesthetic, in true the radiator you are provided with here is, on the whole, a rather standard fare. There’s nothing particularly unique or interesting about it, and on the whole, it is a rather generic option we suspect many other AIO manufacturers utilise.

However, the fins to the radiator are exceptionally well spaced, providing you with excellent levels of coverage. With nice air gaps present as well, those excellent Toughfan models you are provided with shouldn’t have any difficulty here in moving that all-important heat away.

Fans

As this is a 360mm cooler, it shouldn’t come as any surprise to find that you are provided with 3 x 120mm fans. Being Thermaltake’s own ‘Toughfan’ cooling solutions, these are truly excellent fans to have with any setup. Although not including any RGB lighting effects, their black and silver aesthetics still make these exceptionally appealing.

We should note that although provided as standard with this AIO cooler, the Toughfan 12 models are available to purchase separately and offer some of the best premium-level cooling currently on the market. Therefore, if you do want to learn more about them, you can check out our comprehensive review of the Toughfan 12 via the link here!

Overall

As an assembled product, it’s pretty clear that the Thermaltake Toughliquid 360 ARGB Sync has been designed to an exceptionally high standard with no cause for criticism anywhere. The build quality is undoubtedly exceptionally high and, in terms of aesthetics, still manages to work really well even without the ARGB on the CPU block.

Speaking of that ARGB lighting, while it is solely located on the CPU block, the lighting and effects available are absolutely fantastic. They’re bright, bold, vivid, and even if you don’t have an ARGB sync compatible motherboard, they are easily controllable thanks to the manual controls on the side. Better still, the top part of the CPU block can easily be rotated by hand to ensure you get the logo the ‘right’ way up, depending on your system’s layout and configuration.

On the whole, the Thermaltake Toughliquid 360 ARGB Sync looks excellent, but how easy is it to install? Well, let’s find out!

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