Review: EK-Nucleus AIO CR360 Direct Die D-RGB – 1700


Preparatory tests:

Before carrying out the delid, it is of course important to have reference measurements that will enable us to judge the gains, in terms of temperatures, that we are going to obtain. We’ve chosen our Intel i9-14900K as our processor, since it gives off the most heat. Since it doesn’t have great overclocking potential, nor a good IMC for memory overclocking, it was the ideal candidate. Once we’ve finished our tests, we’ll make a relid with liquid metal so that we can continue to use it during our tests.

Here are the other components of our test configuration:

  • Motherboard: ROG Maximus Z790 APEX ENCORE (BIOS 0080)
  • Processor: Intel i9-14900K
  • Memory : G.SKill Trident Z5 RGB 8000 MT/s CL40
  • Graphics card: MSI GT 710
  • SSD: Western Digital SN850 NVMe SSD M.2
  • Power supply: be quiet! Dark Power PRO 12 1500w
  • Operating system: Windows 10 64-bit (22H2)

As for the liquid cooling loop, it’s also from EK. We have a 480mm EK CoolStream XE radiator, four EK-Meltemi 120ER Black fans and an EK Quantum Kinetic reservoir/pump combo.