Overall, my impression of the Ryujin 360 ended up being a bit mixed. As coolers go, ASUS has done a great job of providing a high-quality cooler, with easy installation and setup, and have paired it with top-tier Noctua fans, all of which helps create a very capable cooler.
The larger 360mm radiator did also help to keep temperatures low, noise levels were again impressive. We also saw the included 60mm fan for VRM cooling achieving the advertised reduction in temperature – so from a performance standpoint the Ryujin 360 really held up.
Unfortunately, there are a few criticisms – firstly, the 60mm fan. At full load it got pretty loud, and in instances where I wasn’t running any testing I just turned it off using AI Suite. Even with the fan turned off, VRM temperatures weren’t crazy high, so although it works as advertised, I couldn’t really see a huge benefit to this inclusion, unless you intended to really max out an overclock and even then, most I’m sure would find the extra audible noise pretty irritating.
Software support is also fine, though it is certainly a bit irritating to see that two separate programmes are required – AI Suite and Live Dash. Surely it is not too much to ask for a unified piece of software for total control of the cooler.
The OLED screen works in theory. Displaying system details, like CPU temps and frequency work really well, and if you’re the sort of person who would prefer your system atop your desk, this functionality makes tons of sense. If you don’t though, this could be a little wasted, and it may just be easier to check on this info through software on your monitor, rather than spying inside the case.
Overall, ASUS has done its best to create something new and unique, which is great – but as with anything new and trendsetting, it is very expensive with the Ryujin 360 coming in at £249.99. Looking at other 360mm coolers, you certainly pay quite a premium for the included OLED screen, other options like the H150i PRO RGB from Corsair come in at almost £100 less, for example.
The ROG Ryujin 360 is currently available from Overclockers UK for £249.95 inc. VAT HERE
- High-quality Noctua NF-F12 IPPC 2000 fans included as standard,
- RGB LEDs are quite tasteful and not over the top.
- The 1.77” OLED is a cool feature, and usefully for displaying system details.
- Very dear at £249.95 with the primary feature being the OLED screen, which some users may not find particularly useful.
- Two pieces of software required.
- Embedded 60mm fan is very loud at full speed.
KitGuru says: The ROG Ryujin 360 is certainly a really cool piece of kit, and although it’s hard to say it’s the best option for everyone, those looking for a high-performance cooler that does more than just flash a bunch of LEDs on and off will find a lot to like.