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ASUS ROG RYUO 240 Review: Complete Water Cooling with OLED Display

Workmanship & Design

The workmanship of the ASUS ROG RYUO 240 All-in-One complete water cooling is good and in the radiator only slightly bent lamellas could be detected at one point. The pump housing makes a robust impression and the hoses are sleeved. The round CPU cooler is black and has an RGB LED ring at the base, which can be controlled via the LiveDash software (select operating system, then click “more displays”) or ASUS Aura Sync. Both radiator and fan are also black.

The unique feature of the ASUS ROG RYUO 240 All-in-One Complete Water Cooling is the OLED display on the pump housing. The OLED display shows the ASUS ROG logo in its default setting, but can be set individually using the LiveDash software mentioned above. For this the display must be connected to the mainboard with the enclosed cable (free USB 2.0 header required).

Even the use of own logos and GIF files is possible in principle, however the software is very restrictive and also very “choosy” when recognizing such files. At the same time, the requirements for the files differ from those on the ASUS side and even depending on the software version used. If you do not want to use the OLED display, you can deactivate it together with the RGB lighting.

At this point you can also point out that the ASUS ROG RYUO 240 All-in-One complete water cooling is equipped with many cables that have to be laid from the pump casing. In addition to a SATA connector for the power supply of the pump-display combination, the 4-PIN header for connecting the cooler to the mainboard and two connectors for the two fans must be laid on the radiator. In addition, there is the unnecessarily long and thickly sheathed USB cable. These are comparatively many cables that have to be laid and hidden accordingly so that the look is not neglected.

The Installation

The installation of the ASUS ROG RYUO 240 All-in-One complete water cooling does not differ from the installation of comparable CPU coolers. The mounting for Intel sockets is mounted ex works, which in our case has to be replaced by the mounting for AMD sockets.

Simply push the mounting frame from the small brackets on the pump casing, turn it slightly to one side and pull it off the casing. The AMD frame is then pushed past the brackets, rotated slightly and pushed onto the brackets with the clamps. The small manual explains the step with pictures. Normally this should not take a full minute.

When mounting the fans on the radiator, you first have to decide whether the radiator or the fans want to sit directly on the housing and whether the radiators should blow air out of the housing or suck air in. In this case the radiator should be mounted on the case cover and the fans should blow air out of the case. After the radiator has been prepared, the spacers for AMD sockets are screwed directly into the mainboard brackets. If the brackets for CPU coolers with a clamp are still on the mainboard, they must be dismantled!

Now the CPU cooler can be put on the spacers. When tightening the screws you should tighten them crosswise. When all four screws are hand-tightened, you should tighten them with a screwdriver but be careful not to tighten them too tightly. Now the SATA connector has to be connected to a corresponding cable of the power supply and the PWM fan connector has to be plugged into the CPU cooler header of the mainboard. The fans of the radiator can be connected directly to the mainboard or to the water cooler. If you want to use the OLED display, you have to connect it to a USB 2.0 header of the mainboard with the included cable.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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