Review ASUS ROG RYUO 120 – Specs | Testing | Overclocking

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Review ASUS ROG RYUO 120 [CPU AIO Liquid Cooler]  – After seeing how powerful ASUS offers us in the ROG RYUO 240 version, this time we wanted to see how the smaller version of these AIO liquid cooling systems would be shared. The ASUS ROG RYUO 120 as its name says, is a 120mm AIO in its radiator and with a single fan, which brings with it all the features of its older brother, OLED screen, USB connection and AURA SYNC as main features.

The large number of manufacturers that usually only manufactured video cards or motherboards, have made the refrigeration market even narrower than it already was, manufacturers such as EVGA, MSI, GIGABYTE and again ASUS, give a lot of options for The consumer, however, this density in the market tends to confuse which model is better, if I have a non-ASUS plate, will the refrigeration system serve that it is? Against this we must make it clear, the cooling system as such, is and will always be independent of the motherboard manufacturer, the compatibilities are linked to extra qualities of the component beyond its physical potential.


Water blockWater Block Dimension: 80 x 80 x 45 mm
Block Material (CPU plate): Copper
CPU Socket Support: Intel: LGA 115x, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066 ; AMD: AM4, TR4 *
RadiatorRadiator Dimension: 150 x 122 x 27 mm
Radiator Material: Aluminum
Tube: Sleeved Rubber tube
Tube Length: 380mm
FanFan: 1 x ROG RYUO FAN Model 12
Fan size: 1 Fan Slots (120mm)
Fan Dimension: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
Fan Speed: 800 ~ 2500 RPM +/- 10%
Fan Static Pressure: 5.0 mmH2O
Fan Air Flow: 80.95 CFM / 137.5 m3h
Fan Noise: 37.6 dB (A)
Control Mode: PWM
Special FeaturesOLED Display: 1.77 “Full Color OLED
AURA Sync Support: Yes
CompatibilityIntel: LGA 1150, 1151, 1152, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066
AMD: AM4, TR4 *
Package ContentROG RYUO 120 Liquid Cooler
Accesory Pack of Scews and brackets
1 x 120mm ROG Ryuo Fan Model 12
USB Cable for Software control
Thermal compound (pre-applied)
Quick Start Guide
Warranty3 years
PricePCFactory: $ 142,490

First look.

Just like the 240 model, this version in 120 has the same packaging (in a small size).

Mentioning its characteristics, the back side shows that this model has the same qualities as its 240mm older brother.

Internally ASUS packed each component carefully so as not to encounter any element with any blow in the way.

The great diversity of accessories give this cooling solution, the possibility of supporting all the sockets that we can currently find in the market.

Inside we can find 1x 120mm fan, which will be the only active component in refrigeration.

1.77 ″ OLED display

120mm radiator, with a 2.8cm.

Testing and Methodology Platform.

Test Platform
Processor– Intel Core i7 8086K
Memories– G. Skill TridentZ 3200MHz 2x8GB
Refrigeration– ASUS ROG RYUO 120
Graphics card– NVIDIA GTX 1070 Ti
Power supply– Corsair RM1000X
Storage– SAMSUNG 960PRO 512GB SSD M.2
Monitor– ASUS MG28UQ

  • Windows 10 Pro x64 operating system.
  • The tests were performed in an environment with a temperature of approximately 25 ° C.
  • The platform was used without a cabinet.
  • The temperature measurement in “load” was the result of 5min of stress through LinX.
  • Overclock @ 5.3 GHz 1.41Vcore


Software – ASUS LiveDash.

Like the 240 mm version through the USB connection of the pump to the motherboard, it will allow us to directly obtain everything that happens internally, as well as to be able to control the screen that is located in this area, all this to through the ASUS LiveDash utility.

On the main screen we will find the information we would like to see on the screen, in this case the system information in real time, temperature and frequency of the processor.

Another option that also allows us to display a personalized image, either a static image or GIF.

To further personalize what we want to show on the screen, we can include a text about the images.

And as expected, the lighting in both the tones of this and in the form is also possible to control from this software.



ASUS this time has neglected important elements within the product, we see how it involves greater emphasis on aesthetic aspects rather than elements that contribute to the actual use of the product, which in this case is refrigeration. While the performance that a cooling system can offer also goes from how much you are investing in it, they are factors that we must separate to some extent. Speaking of this particular model, which only has a difference of approximately $ 20 dollars with its older brother, the cooling potential it has is poor, at the price range in which it is located we have cheaper and better performance options, basically the price of this model is given by the OLED screen more than other elements, it is very likely that this model without a screen, would be positioned at a range lower than $ 100,000 CLP, competing directly with a Corsair H60 (see. 2018).

Compatibility and installation, it is the unquestionably strongest factor that this model has, as well as in the 240mm version, a complete support for today’s sockets, from what LGA-115x and AM4 to what are HEDT sockets like TR4 (this thanks to the bracket that comes inside the CPUs) and LGA-2066.

After analyzing the results and putting in the balance important factors, such as price, support, performance, installation and design, unfortunately it has failed to find our recommended level, clearly the price and performance factors, both individually and as a whole, weigh When deciding. We can see in the local market that we have 120mm refrigeration systems the second place in price (highest to lowest), it is in the $ 90,000 CLP, it is a difference of $ 50,000, something that aesthetics, compatibility and installation are not capable of compensate, not to mention that under $ 100,000 we have 240mm models with great potential, such as the NZXT Kraken X62 or even the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R RGB.

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