Myself being a skeptical and critical reviewer I have start off with a small word on these Silent Loop AIO series. Be Quiet has teamed up with another German watercooling manufacturer, known by the name Alphacool. The latter has been producing all sorts of water cooling products over the years; their range goes from processor to high end full block graphic cards, in-house designed radiators, to pumps and even tubing. Alphacool has developed AIO products in the past for Cooler Master and Fractal Design, though the co-op with Cooler Master wasn't that successful. The pump unit was way too noisy especially with the early revisions of these Cooler Master Eisberg series. Powerful is one thing, silent operation is another side of the story. The Fractal Design AIO Kelvin series was a better step in the right direction: good cooling performance at an acceptable noise level, even while our two Kelvin review samples are still up and running, we heard rumors about reliability issues, so fingers crossed that these brand new Be Quiet Silent loop series can live up to the expectations and maintain reliable too.
As mentioned in the introduction, Be Quiet has decided on including three models in their brand new AIO lineup. The Silent Loop 120 with a thick 45mm copper radiator and a push and pull fan configuration. The 240 and 280 models also feature a copper radiator but this time the thickness is limited to 30mm, this to achieve maximum case compatibility. All three models are equipped with two Be Quiet Pure Wings 2 PWM fans.
Due to the usage of a full copper radiator there is no risk of corrosion or oxidation due to the usage of different alloys in the closed loop; secondly the heat dissipation of copper is also a tad better than the cheaper aluminum variants.
Be Quiet never goes cheap on packaging: they really want to outline that the hardware you buy from them is top notch, not just what is on the inside counts. All or nothing is their mindset, could you blame them?
Superior, premium are just a few of them word catchers on the box, they really mean business.
Time to have a closer look on what is actually included...