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ALSEYE Xtreme X360 – Compact water cooling focuses on optics

ALSEYE, the Chinese manufacturer of cooling components, has been rather unknown in Western countries until now. Due to the distribution via the German Inter-Tech Elektronik Handels GmbH, numerous ALSEYE products now find their way into European store shelves and online shops. With the models MAX 240, Xtreme X240 and Halo H240 as well as Halo H360 we already had some compact watercoolers for testing here. In this review, the test of the ALSEYE Xtreme X360 follows.

The ALSEYE Xtreme X360 is the bigger brother of the X240 and has, as you can almost guess from its name, a 360 millimeter radiator. This is ventilated by three 120 millimetre X-Series fans. The X360 is supposed to convince with a good cooling capacity of up to 350W and a chic RGB look. The compact water cooling is available at a price of € 44.99 *. If the ALSEYE Xtreme X360 can impress us, you can find out in this review.

Technical Details

Cooler specifications

Dimensions (with fan) 393 x 120 x 57 mm (W x H x D)
Weight (with fan) approx. 1.2 kg
Material copper (radiator bottom), aluminium (radiator, fins)
Supported cooling capacity 350W TDP
Compatibility AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, AM4, FM1, FM2
Compatibility Intel 775, 115x, 1200, 1366, 2011, 2066 (Square-ILM)
Price € 44.99 *
Specials Pump with ceramic bearing, sleeved and swiveling FEP tubes, RGB illumination, RF remote control

Fan specifications

Fan designation ALSEYE X12
Dimensions 120 mm x 120 mm x 30 mm
Speed max. 1600 rpm
Volume max. 35.6 dBA
Flow volume 95.7 m³/h
Air pressure max. 1.97 mm H2O
Specials hydrodynamic plain bearing (HDB), 26 RGB LEDs, 5-pin connector

Pump specifications

Dimensions 62 x 62 x 90 mm (W x H x D)
Pump speed 2600 rpm
Bottom plate copper
Hose length 350 mm
Hose diameter N/A
Specials ceramic bearings, RGB lighting

Packing & scope of delivery

The ALSEYE Xtreme X360 comes in a colourful printed cardboard box. Besides product pictures and a list of key features, the packaging also contains all relevant technical information about the compact water cooling system. All information is in English only.

Inside the outer packaging you will come across a mould made of soft foam. This accommodates the radiator-pump combination, separately packed fans and accessories. The pump and the radiator are wrapped in an additional plastic film to protect them from scratches. The supplied accessories have a very good range. Included are a remote control, a magnetic control unit for connecting all components, a small tube of heat conducting paste, various cables and of course the material for mounting the water cooling system.

The packaging of the ALSEYE Xtreme X360 is very well thought out. By using soft foam, all elements are well protected and the division within the packaging looks clean and tidy.

Design & workmanship

Optically, the ALSEYE Xtreme X360 partly deviates significantly from the competition. By using special fans and RGB elements on the fan struts or the pump block, this water cooling definitely wants to attract attention. But let’s start with the pump block. The base of the cooling block is made of copper and is screwed to the rest of the unit. The actual pump housing is made of silver-coloured plastic and is printed with the manufacturer’s logo and product name. In the middle the manufacturer has attached a milky plexiglass strip which is illuminated from inside the pump block.

In order to allow flexible installation, the 350 millimetre long hoses are attached to the pump unit via swivel arms. To improve the visual appearance, the hoses have also been provided with a stylish sheathing. On the radiator side, however, the connection is only made using shrink tubes. The radiator is painted completely black and consists of numerous aluminium fins. It is 393 millimetres long and thus offers space for three 120 millimetre fans. The radiator’s paint job looks neat and tidy, but after unpacking we noticed that a few fins were already bent.

The three included fans offer a very unique look. Due to the omission of fan frames and the upside down construction (fan struts point to the front), they have an unmistakable look. Due to the design, the fans can only be attached to the radiator in a push configuration, but this is done decoupled via rubber strips. The fans rotate at a maximum of 1600 revolutions per minute and must be connected to the supplied control unit via special 5-pin cables.

The supplied control unit is also painted silver to match the pump and is also equipped with RGB LEDs. With the included remote control both the RGB effects and the speed of the fans or pump can be controlled. However, if you prefer to control everything via your own mainboard, this is also possible. The pump has a conventional 3-pin connector and the control unit comes with a 4-pin PWM and a 5V RGB cable for connection to the mainboard.

Mounting

A test system on a benchtable is used for the review. This enables us to exclude disturbing factors such as heat accumulation in the case. The test system consists of the following components:

Detailed installation instructions are included with the compact water cooling system. In these instructions, all essential installation steps are explained in a clear and comprehensible manner. ALSEYE uses its own backplate with screw connection on the front for installation. After removing the AMD retention module completely from the mainboard, the included backplate can be prepared. For this purpose, four silver threaded pins have to be locked on the backplate with the help of plastic rings.

After the mainboard has been placed on the backplate, four plastic rings are used again on the upper side. Now you screw a stand-off on each of the four set screws until they are tight and the backplate doesn’t wobble anymore. By using removable frames, the pump can be mounted on different bases. This frame only has to be inserted at the pump block at the appropriate place. Then place the pump block on the CPU and screw the system to the backplate with the help of four spring-loaded screws.

Finally, connect all cables to the control unit and supply it with power via a SATA power connector. All in all, the mounting system is solid and well thought out. The metal backplate and the spring-loaded nuts keep the construction bomb-proof.

Volume and cooling capacity

As already shown in the previous chapter, we use an AM4 system based on the Ryzen 5 1400 and the MSI B350 PC Mate as test hardware. The Ryzen runs on 3.8 GHz at 1.25 Volt.

To heat up the processor, the processor was loaded with Prime95 for 15 minutes. The CPU temperature was then read out using the CPUID hardware monitor. This test was performed in two different scenarios. Afterwards, the values were compared with those of the AMD Boxed Cooler (Wraith Stealth) and the EKL Alpenföhn Matterhorn Pure. During the measurements, the room had a temperature of 24 °C.

cooler Operating scenario RPM temperature
AMD Wraith Stealth 50% PWM 1600 rpm 102 °C (crash)
AMD Wraith Stealth 100% PWM 2650 rpm 87 °C
EKL Alpine Föhn Matterhorn Pure 50% PWM 1050 rpm 66 °C
EKL Alpine Föhn Matterhorn Pure 100% PWM 1500 rpm 61 °C
ALSEYE Xtreme 360 50% PWM, pump to 12V 1100 rpm 61 °C
ALSEYE Xtreme 360 100% PWM, pump to 12V 1600 rpm 57 °C

That the ALSEYE Xtreme 360 leaves behind the boxed cooler and a standard cooler with a 120 millimetre fan in terms of temperatures should not surprise anyone. However, the lead of the compact water cooling is a bit smaller than expected, especially when the volume is taken into account. The fans are clearly audible at full rotation speed and produce disturbing noises. Only under 800 revolutions per minute is the volume a bit better, but still silently unsuitable. The pump also produces slight background noise. These are however not really audible due to the loud fans.

Conclusion on the ALSEYE Xtreme X360

With the Xtreme X360, ALSEYE offers a compact water cooling system with a focus mainly on the area of optics. With its unique fans and the freely configurable RGB effects, this AiO makes quite something. Also the control unit, the remote control and the good mounting system speak for the Xtreme X360.

But where this compact water cooling weakens is the combination of volume and cooling power. Because the fans don’t have a frame, they can’t generate as much static pressure and therefore have to turn faster to keep the CPU cooler. Unfortunately they are much too loud and absolutely unsuitable for a silent system. In addition, both the fans and the connection cable have proprietary connectors. Additional accessories can therefore only be purchased from ALSEYE.

For a price of € 44.99 * we can not recommend the ALSEYE Xtreme X360. If you are looking for a good and cheap compact water cooling with RGB, you should rather choose the ALSEYE Halo H360.

ALSEYE X360

Workmanship
Design
Mounting
Cooling
Volume
Value for money

79/100

Stylish compact water cooling system with a unique look but great weaknesses in terms of volume.

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 Bad Segeberg.

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