G.Skill ENKI 360 All-in-One compact water cooling in the test – first attempt successful, but with weaknesses
When you hear the name G.Skill, most people will think of memory. A few may still have peripherals in the form of a mouse, keyboard and headset. But cooler? That is new! So the surprise was great when I was shown the new ENKI series and offered to test it. With the power of the Sumerian god of water and three versions in 240, 280 and 360mm, you want to expand your own product range a little.
You can find out in the following article whether the first attempts at walking succeed or whether it ends with a fall:
Packaging and scope of delivery
The box is mostly in the manufacturer’s colors black and red. The front shows a large product image with a bit of bright colors around it, on the back there are precise dimensions and the technical specifications. All pages around are left unused, viewed from the product name.
If you still stick to the unofficial standard for the outer design, there is a rather rare sight inside: A large block of foam was chosen for transport protection. The pump head has also been secured with several layers of foam foil, so well armored the AiO should survive even the bumpiest delivery route. The environmental aspect is of course disadvantageous, more on that in a moment.
Because what you did to repackage the accessories is really exaggerated. 13 is the unlucky number and here also the number of sachets. Anyone who sells certain substances in addition to the PC hobby will get a supply of packaging material here.
Even if neatly divided accessories are not bad in themselves, they have overdone it here. And if you didn’t notice: Despite the many parts, you don’t include a PWM splitter with three fans. Depending on the number of case fans, you may have to get your own splitter or fan hub.
Finally released from the foam block, a first look at the ENKI 360 can be taken. According to G.Skill, the focus is on performance, the design is accordingly rather simple. Apart from the illuminated RGB ring on the pump head, the rest of the AiO is black.
An oblique look at the cooling fins shows some bent fins, despite the good packaging. Performance losses are not to be expected, the whole thing is still within acceptable limits.
But what is noticeable negatively are things like impurities in the pre-applied thermal paste or fibrous nylon coating of the hoses. Other users report both problems as well, so there seems to be a lack of quality control.
Assembly and installation
When mounting on the AM4 socket, you don’t reinvent the wheel and simply use the existing blackplate, put four spacers on it and fasten the two brackets with four screws. After that it gets a bit trickier, because the screw, spring and washer come as separate parts and have to be pressed onto the CPU to the pump block at the same time. A third hand would certainly be helpful, as it is best done on your own with the mainboard on the table. There is also room for improvement here.
The three 120mm fans are regularly attached to the radiator with long screws, the corners are decoupled on the front and back with the same rubber pads. By the way, the coldplate hidden under the thermal paste is slightly convex
Here is an overview of the technical details, more information can be found, as always, on the manufacturer’s website.