We are now at the end of this test of the Pure Loop 2 FX 360 from be quiet! So, what is this model worth? Let’s review.
No change in design!
With this version 2 of the Pure Loop, be quiet! does not make any convincing visual change. On the form, we find the same kit with a waterblock with a brushed aluminum part and a worked radiator. Compared to the kits developed in collaboration with Asetek, this is a change and it is rather pleasant.
Finally, the only real change concerning the visual aspect is related to the presence of RGB lighting. As a reminder, with the first series, the pump was illuminated in white while the fans, Pure Wings, were devoid of LEDs.
A complete accessory part
Another positive aspect is that the be quiet! kit does not come without anything, since we can count on a complete accessory part. At this level, we are thinking mainly of the hub that will allow us to centralize the management of the speed and lighting of the various elements of the AIO. But that’s not all, as there is also a refill kit in case of a power failure. This will extend the life of the product, especially since the filling hole is easily accessible.
Finally, the assembly part does not present any particular difficulty, the steps of assembly are easily linked.
Now, what about the nuisances? As we have seen, the Pure Loop 2 FX 360 does quite well on small consumption. As soon as the latter increase, the kit can be damaged, especially by drastically reducing the operating speed of the fans. It is therefore necessary not to be too stingy on the RPM of the fans at the risk of seeing the temperature increase at low speed.
Otherwise, as far as noise is concerned, we are surprised to have controlled noise pollution. For fans operating at 44 dB, the noise is far from being catastrophic, we have seen worse. However, we could have gained more with slower Light Wings, but the impact on temperatures would have been even more important.
Less expensive than the first generation!
We end our conclusion by mentioning the selling price of the kit, which is officially 124.90 €. A rather soft pricing, especially in front of the first generation kits displayed at 129.90 € for recall. In any case, on this price sector, the competition will be tough, especially when we find the Liquid Freezer II 360 in front offering a better temperature / noise ratio … But a much larger size.
be quiet! Pure Loop 2 FX 360
- The finish of the radiator, very clean!
- The filling hole offering, potentially, a longer life
- The flexible hoses, easy installation
- The complete accessory part
- The simple mounting of the waterblock
- The presence of the RGB which does not increase the bill!
- Its interesting speed/sound ratio
- The pricing softened compared to the first series
We liked less :
- The temperatures at low rpm that go up
- The competition is tough: Liquid Freezer II 360 on this price range!
In the end, we choose to award silver to the Pure Loop 2 FX 360 from be quiet! With this model, the brand signs a kit that we will be able to maintain ourselves over time thanks to its filling hole. Nevertheless, be careful with the ventilation speed on a big CPU since it starts to suffer at low speed. Similarly, at 125 €, beware of the competition, especially that imposed by Arctic which offers an excellent temperature/noise ratio! Nevertheless, the brand has the good taste not to overcharge the appearance of RGB.
A big thank you to be quiet!