Cooling

Valkyrie DRAGONFANG 360 AIO Cooler Review

Performance

Once installed, the Dragonfang really pops, with its ARGB pump lighting and silver highlights providing a stunning display against the white housing of the pump, the tubing and the radiator. Of course, the fans have their own ARGB lighting, but the benefit of these fans is I think they look stunning even without the colourful lighting. It uses a standard 5v header too, so it’s easily paired up to your motherboard or RGB controller of choice.

Temperatures

The performance is excellent right away, strangely the SYN360 performed much better, and I was expecting them to be pretty much identical, but still, I’m happy with the results here and it’s on par with other 360mm radiators.

Optimising the settings, the performance was the third best we’ve had to date, which is certainly great to see. The fans are a bit loud though, but as a trade-off, it’s because they’re pushing so much air, which is why they’re able to compete with the Thermaltake 420mm AIO.

Acoustics

Again, a bit on the loud side here, but this is just when they’re left to the default profile we use on our motherboard.

With the optimal CPU voltages set right, the fan curve responds much more favourably, coming in at 50.7 dBa. However, as I said in my previous review of the SYN360, the fans are pushing huge amounts of air, and you can dial them back a fair bit before it negatively affects cooling performance. Even at 30% PWM, the temperature only went up 5c, and they were virtually silent.

CineBench R23

One thing is for certain though, the performance is great, with our third highest score in Cinebench using stock settings.

And again while overclocked, scoring a whopping 27713 points.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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