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Review: Raijintek Orcus 360 – Complete Water Cooling with RGB Illumination

Workmanship & Installation

At first glance, the Raijintek Orcus makes a very good impression and looks like a normal compact water cooler. The hoses are sleeved and all components show a clean workmanship quality on the surface. A special feature of the Orcus is the outsourced pump. Many AiO water cooling systems have a pump in the heat sink, which can often lead to audible vibration transmissions and thus disturbing noises. Raijintek goes another way here and installs the pump decoupled in the hose. This is to prevent or absorb pump noise. In the heat sink there is now room for a flow meter, which is properly set in scene and also looks very chic in operation.

The radiator itself is made of aluminium and has a depth of 27 millimetres. Therefore it is very compact and similar to many other compact water cooling systems. Of course, the three fans should mainly stand out due to their lighting, whose LEDs sit in the frame and let it shine impressively.

The installation was as far as possible uncomplicated. A backplate on the back of the mainboard holds the mounting frame on the front, which is equipped with spacers. On this frame the actual cooler is fastened with only two screws. The Raijintek Orcus is compatible with numerous sockets from AMD and Intel. The radiator was mounted in our housing on the side and equipped with the enclosed fans. There was a point deduction at this point, because either the fan or the radiator was slightly warped. As a result, more force had to be expended than should be necessary.

Despite the numerous fan and lighting cables, a relatively tidy overall picture can be achieved. The LED cables including the controller can be stowed on the rear side, as the remote control does not require a direct line of sight. This means that only the thin fan cables and the pump cable have to be connected to the mainboard. The latter does not have to be laid over half the board because of the pump position.

The delivery also includes a small bottle with coolant, which can be used to refill the Raijintek Orcus either directly on the heat sink or on the radiator via corresponding openings. However, this is only necessary if the level of the coolant has dropped significantly due to evaporation over time. Practically, we can always check this on the flow indicator.

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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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