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Review: EVGA CLC 280

by Parm Mann on 17 May 2017, 16:00

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Conclusion

...dual 140mm fans and a latest-generation Asetek pump combine to deliver the best out-the-box cooling performance from any all-in-one solution we've tested.

EVGA has expanded its portfolio with a pair of closed-loop-coolers designed to offer powerful liquid-cooling performance in a simple, easy-to-use package.

Both the CLC 120 (£90) and CLC 280 (£130) are now readily available, and given EVGA's attraction to power users, it is the latter that holds greater appeal. The large 280mm radiator, combined with dual 140mm fans and a latest-generation Asetek pump combine to deliver the best out-the-box cooling performance from any all-in-one solution we've tested.

Is this the go-to solution for enthusiasts, then? Perhaps, yet the CLC 280's cooling prowess does come with a caveat or two. Noise levels are noticeably higher than the competition and EVGA has left room for improvement in other key areas - the RGB lighting, for example, is likely to be obscured and the accompanying Flow Control software still needs work.

Bottom line: the CLC 280 offers excellent cooling potential but will need further refinement if it is to become a stand-out choice.

The Good
 
The Bad
Excellent cooling performance
Straightforward installation
Five-year warranty
 
Noisy compared to the competition
RGB lights likely to obscured by tubing
No spare thermal paste



EVGA CLC 280

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once again why has this not been tested against the best selling option of the same thing eg: corsair? are you being paied to review things with set instructions?

Makes me wonder because I've seen a few reviews like this now?
Rubarb
once again why has this not been tested against the best selling option of the same thing eg: corsair? are you being paied to review things with set instructions?

Makes me wonder because I've seen a few reviews like this now?

I'm going to assume because the AIO's compared are all released fairly recent? While Corsair hasn't released a new AIO in awhile now(Not sure about that) but it's not hard to check the results from another review and compare this, now is it?
With the ARCTIC Liquid Freezer 240 at ~ £75 and the 360 model around £100, I don't understand why anyone would spend more than £100 on any other AIO.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2016/02/09/arctic_cooling_liquid_freezer_240_aio_cpu_cooler_review

https://www.kitguru.net/components/cooling/dominic-moass/arctic-liquid-freezer-240-aio-cpu-cooler-review/5/
Rubarb
once again why has this not been tested against the best selling option of the same thing eg: corsair? are you being paied to review things with set instructions?

Makes me wonder because I've seen a few reviews like this now?

I was going to comment on this myself, Corsair should be in there.
Probably waiting on corsair to send one for review