When bosses do RAM encroach on heat dissipation

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2021-04-20 11:21:37

Founded in 1989, G.Skill has long been known for its RAM products for personal computers. In the past 5 years, Vietnamese consumers are no longer too unfamiliar with this name from Taiwan thanks to the G.Skill Trident Z RAM series with many variations, from popular non-LED to ultra-luxury lines. like the silver and gold Trident Z Royal with glittering RGB LEDs.

In fact, G.Skill has also started to invade the gaming gear segment with keyboards, mouse and headset products, so when the company announced its AIO heatsink with the code name ENKI, the technology world did not disobey. very doubtful. However, because of the immaturity in this array of non-internal memory components, there will be many doubts about the quality of this water cooler.

During the launch at the end of 2020, 3 radiator codes were introduced with sizes 240mm, 280mm and 360mm respectively. For this review, we will test the 240mm and 360mm duo and compare it to a reputable air cooler.

The product box is simply a product image with some graphics and specs on the back.

Quick assessment of the AIO G.Skill ENKI series water-cooling duo: When the boss makes the RAM encroach on the heat sink - Photo 2.

Similar to other AIO series, the inside of the box only includes heatsink, fan, accessory set and user manual.

The 27mm thick G.Skill ENKI Rad provides better compatibility with small ITX cases. Thickness, however, poses little concern for heat dissipation.

G.Skill ENKI’s pump combination block has a relatively common structure. While it looks somewhat similar to Asetek’s usual OEM solution, G.Skill insists its heatsink is designed specifically for it.

Quick review of the AIO G.Skill ENKI series water radiators: When the boss makes the RAM encroach on the heat sink - Photo 5.

As for the connection wire from the block, there will be 1 4pin PWM wire to power the pump and a D-RGB wire. The rad blowers are individually connected and don’t even have a Y-wire or fan hub to connect. I underestimate this design because some users will have difficulty using a motherboard with less 4pin pins. There are even some brands that have wire gathering solutions so that the entire AIO only needs to plug the correct 4pin pin to power the pump and 2-3 rad fans.

G.Skill ENKI’s block mount kit is average. Not too difficult to install but not as easy to align as some other AIO products.

The test configuration will use the Intel Core i9-11900K CPU, the heat monster at the moment.

Test configuration:

-CPU: Intel Core i9-11900K

-RAM: G.Skill Trident Z Royal RGB 2x16GB 3600MHz CL16

-Mainboard: ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero

-VGA: Gigabyte Radeon 6800 XT Gaming OC

-NVMe: Samsung PM981 1TB

CPU cooler: G.Skill ENKI 240/360

-PSU: Corsair Cooler Master MWE 750W Gold

To test CPU temperature or heat dissipation, Prime95 is a test not to be missed. As can be seen, with the power consumption and heat dissipation up to 290W, there is no heatsink that can pull this “thirsty” CPU below the throttle reduction.

Quick assessment of the AIO G.Skill ENKI series water-cooling duo: When the boss makes the RAM encroach on the heat sink - Photo 9.

Similar to AIDA64, when stress tests both CPU and FPU, all the heatsinks cannot “balance” the i9-11900K and are forced to let the CPU throttle.

The situation is much better when playing games when the average temperature is only around 50-60 degrees Celsius, the highest is only 80 degrees Celsius.

Quick assessment of the AIO G.Skill ENKI series water-cooling duo: When the boss makes the RAM encroach on the heat sink - Photo 10.

In terms of noise, most of the noise of the G.Skill ENKI duo comes from fans. Even with the highest spinning speed at 2,200 RPM, the noise generated is quite clear and of course completely drowns out the pump even though the pump is sometimes pushed up to 5,500 RPM.

Overall, the AIO G.Skill ENKI duo can be considered as the company’s early steps into the CPU heatsink market. The physical limitations of the 27mm-thick rad and the mid-performance fan somewhat limit the capabilities of this heatsink duo. They will suit gamers or users with more common usage needs as well as not using the “monster” of temperature like i9-11900K. Hopefully, G.Skill will collect feedback and improve in many aspects of the next generation to make its AIO products more attractive to users.

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