Review: Intel RTS2011LC

All-in-one water cooling kits have been all the rage lately, and Intel has jumped on the bandwagon with its own high performance liquid cooling system, the RTS2011LC.

NameCPU water cooler: Intel RTS2011LC
At a glance:Fully self-contained, easy to install,Fits Intel sockets 1155, 1156, 1366 and 2011,Satisfactory cooling performance
Summary:A reasonably priced all-in-one liquid cooling system that gets the job done.
Rating:3.5/5
RRP:$135
Contact:intel.co.nz

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All-in-one water cooling kits have been all the rage lately, and Intel has jumped on the bandwagon with its own high performance liquid cooling system, the RTS2011LC. If it looks a little familiar to you, it should – it’s made by Asetek who also manufacture OEM liquid cooling setups for Antec and Corsair.

The cooler is designed for use with the latest range of Intel Sandy Bridge-E processors which use Socket LGA2011 motherboards, but they are also compatible with most recent Intel boards, namely LGA1155, LGA1156 and LGA1366.

The cooling system consists of a CPU block (which also houses the pump) connected to a 120mm aluminium-fin radiator, along with a 120mm blue LED fan. The liquid is preinstalled and fully enclosed so no pouring or maintenance is required at all. Power is provided to the pump and fan via a 4-pin PWM connector which can be connected to either a motherboard header or any standard fan controller.

Installing the cooler is straightforward – just a matter of screwing a retention bracket halfway onto the CPU socket, sliding the CPU block into it, then screwing it the rest of the way down. The radiator can be screwed in to any standard 120mm mounting holes in your case.

To test it out, I installed the cooling system into an Intel Core i7-3960X (LGA2011) system and compared to the much more expensive 240MM Corsair H100 liquid cooling system and also the slightly cheaper Prolimatech Megahalems air cooler. Load temperatures were recorded at both default and overclocked CPU speed whilst idle temperatures where just recorded at default speed. High and low fan speeds where also recorded to show the variance of each cooler’s capability.

CPU* Temp (°C), at CPU Speed
CoolerCooler

Speed

Stock**

Idle

Stock**

Under load

OC***

Under load

Intel RTS2011LCLow336375
High305867
Corsair H100Low325768
High295463
Prolimatech Megahalems Low317082
High296677
* Intel Core i7 3960X

** Stock speed = 3.6GHz

*** Overclocked speed = 4.2GHz

Whilst Intel’s cooling system doesn’t keep up with the more expensive Corsair unit, it does a much better job than the slightly-cheaper air cooler when tested with the CPU under load, both at stock speeds and overclocked. As such, it proves a reasonable yet unremarkable entry-level water cooler.

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Paul Urquhart

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