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darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler Review

An in-depth review of darkFlash Twister DX360 v2.6 covering its features, installation, testing, and benchmarks.

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Is It Worth It?

Review Summary

darkFlash Twister DX360 v2.6 is a nice looking and pocket-friendly cooler that has almost any feature that you could have asked for in this price range. It comes recommended based on its decent thermal performance and good looks, though the warranty period could have been better.Tech4Gamers Recommended Award

Overall
8.9/10
8.9/10
  • Quality - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Design - 9/10
    9/10
  • Performance - 9/10
    9/10
  • Features - 9/10
    9/10
  • Value - 9/10
    9/10

Pros

  • Thermal Performance
  • Digital RGB Lighting
  • RGB Controller
  • Infinity Mirror on Block and Fans
  • Rotatable Top Cover
  • Price

Cons

  • The 3-year Warranty is mediocre
  • Fans are loud

In our last coolers’ content, we took a look at ID-COOLING 360 XT LITE WHITE. This time, we are taking a spin at darkFlash Twister DX360 v2.6 White edition. This cooler comes in three colors:

  • White Edition
  • Black Edition
  • Pink Edition

This cooler is compatible with Intel LGA1700/1200/115x/20xx and AMD AM5/AM4/AM3(+)/AM2(+)/FM2(+). darkFlash has mentioned that this cooler has a TDP rating of 285W. This cooler comes with three 120mm digital RGB-enabled fans. These fans have an infinity mirror effect on the hub. The block of the cooler also has the infinity mirror effect.

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Key Takeaways

  • The darkFlash Twister DX360 v2.6 AIO cooler impresses with its innovative rotatable pump top, allowing users to easily customize the orientation to suit their system’s aesthetics and tubing layout.
  • With support for both Intel LGA1700 and AMD AM5 sockets, it ensures broad compatibility with the latest CPU platforms.
  • Beyond its versatility, the Twister DX360 v2.6 delivers excellent cooling performance while flaunting an attractive design, making it a top choice for those seeking both function and style in their cooling solution.

Take a look at the specs below:

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — darkFlash Twister 2.6 DX360 White Specifications
Specifications 

Packaging and Unboxing

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Packing Box 1
Packing Box (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The cardboard-made packaging box is black in color. This cooler is compatible with Intel LGA1700 and AMD AM5. darkFlash has also emphasized the rotatable top cover on the pump block. This cooler is compatible with the RGB sync technology of motherboard manufacturers.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Packing Box 2
Packing Box (Image By Tech4Gamers)

darkFlash has highlighted some key features here:

  • Double Pipe Water Block
  • Beautiful Luster
  • High Strength Cooling Pipes
  • Water Block Design
  • Spraying Copper Bottom
  • High-Quality Material
  • E-Shape Liquid Channel
  • Easy to Install
  • Supports ARGB Light Sync
darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Packing Box 3
Packing Box (Image By Tech4Gamers)

When we opened the box, there was another container inside. All main components were tucked inside that container for safe shipping.

What’s provided in the box?

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — User Guide
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darkFlash has provided a manual with instructions on how to install this cooler on the supported sockets.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — AMD
AMD (Image By Tech4Gamers)

All the mounting hardware is provided inside a transparent container.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Intel
Intel (Image By Tech4Gamers)

darkFlash has provided the following for the Intel platform:

  • 1x Backplate
  • 4x LGA 115x Standoff Screws
  • 4x LGA1700 Standoff Screws
  • 4x LGA20xx Standoff Screws
  • 4x LGA1700 Washers
  • 2x Mounting Brackets
  • 4x Thumb Nuts
darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — AMD
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darkFlash has provided the following for the AMD platform:

  • 2x Screws
  • 2x Mounting Brackets
  • 2x Mounting Pins
darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Screws
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There are 12x screws for the fans and 12x screws for the radiator.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Fan Hub
Fan Hub (Image By Tech4Gamers)

darkFlash has provided a 3-port fan hub in the accessories. The user can connect all three fans to this hub and connect the hub to a single 4-pin PWM fan header on the motherboard.

Design

It is time to check each component of the unit, starting with the radiator. Let’s start with key features:

  • Redesign water pump infinity mirror with 360-degree rotation
  • Cooling fans are synchronizable with most motherboards.
  • Dense liquid channels for a better cooling effect.
  • Supports both Intel and AMD
  • TDP: 285W

Radiator

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Radiator 1
Radiator (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Being 360mm, this cooler comes with 3x 120mm fans. It has an aluminum radiator with a dimension of 394x120x27mm. After installing three fans, the overall height of the cooler will be 394x120x53mm, approximately, including the thickness of the screws’ heads. This radiator has a 20 FPI count, and it has 12 channels for coolant flow. It has an E-shaped fin stacking.  There is a gap of 105mm between two mounting holes at opposite ends. There is a gap of 15mm between two adjacent mounting holes.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Radiator 2
Radiator (Image By Tech4Gamers)

We are looking at the far block. It has rounded edges. There is no sticker or label here.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Radiator 3
Radiator (Image By Tech4Gamers)

darkFlash has mentioned that they have implemented the fins in the E-shape layout. This is nothing fancy, but rather a standard layout. However, they have done a satisfactory job here.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Radiator 4
Radiator (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Looking at the side frame of the radiator, we can see a darkFlash text in a white color towards the bottom right. This frame is riveted to the main housing. Take a look at the main fin stack and the border frame. There is a gap, which means that the actual fin stack has less than 27mm thickness.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Radiator 5
Radiator (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The tube connection with the barb fittings is concealed using metallic clamps, which are also white. There is another cover on what seems to be a port. There is a warranty void sticker placed over it. Removing it will void the warranty. This port seems to be reserved for factory use only.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Radiator 6
Radiator (Image By Tech4Gamers)

darkFlash uses rubber tubes. They have mentioned something about double tubes. What they are talking about is that they have put on the nylon braided mesh sleeve on the main rubber tube. Nothing fancy there as well. These tubes run to approximately 400mm in length.

Block

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Block 1
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Looking at the top of the pump block, it is highly reflective. There is an infinity mirror design with darkFlash logo, which lights up in digital RGB. There is a diffuser line running between the top chamber and the lower chamber that segregates the two. This top cover is rotatable. The frame of this housing is made of ABS plastic material. The overall layout is in a ring pattern. The dimension is 78.5x70x54mm.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Block 2
Block (Image By Tech4Gamers)

We are now showing a side view of the block’s housing. There is no branding or labeling of any sort here. It is just a plain white body. You can now clearly see the diffuser line.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Block 3
Block (Image By Tech4Gamers)

There is a thick wire coming out from the front of the housing. This is an awkward place from where the cables are routed. Usually, these cables are routed from the rear of the block since that rear sits towards the DIMM slots.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Block 4
Block (Image By Tech4Gamers)

We took this picture after testing the unit. There is a copper base on the block measuring 55x55mm. Take a look at the plastic frame extending out of the base. It has 4x mounting holes (two on each side). This is where the mounting brackets are installed.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Block 5
Block (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The following cables are on the block:

  • SATA Cable to power the adapter connector
  • D-RGB Cable for the LEDs on the top chamber
  • 3-Pin Power Cable for the pump

Since darkFlash uses standard 3-pin, 5V ARGB connectors, the RGB lighting is compatible with the RGB sync technology of major motherboard manufacturers. The pump is rated for 2700 ± 10% RPM. It is rated for 12VDC.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Block 6
Block (Image By Tech4Gamers)

We are showing a connector labeled RESET SW. This optional connector can be used in cases where the motherboard does not have a digital RGB header. You will have to compromise on the Reset functionality of your PC Case by using that connector on this cable and powering this connection using the SATA cable. Then, using the pre-programmed RGB modes, you can control the lighting effects using the Reset button of your PC Case.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Block 7
Block (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Looking at the backside of the block, there are 90ᵒ adapters making connections with the tubes. Again, the connections are well concealed.

Fans

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Fan Front
Fan Front (Image By Tech4Gamers)

darkFlash has provided three 120mm fans that are white in color, and they are digital RGB backlit. This is not all since these fans also feature an infinity mirror effect on the hub. There are 9 blades on each fan’s frame. The hub has a large size diameter to accommodate the D-RGB LEDs. Each mounting corner has an anti-vibration pad as well.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Fan Top
Fan Top (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The frame of the fan is quite sturdy, but there are no arrow markers on the frame. These are generally provided as a visual guide to the novice to identify the direction of airflow through the fan and the direction in which blades will spin.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Fan Back
Fan Back (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Unlike the majority of the fans in the market, these fans have 6-arm assemblies on the backside. One arm has extenders to catch and route the wires from the hub to the outer frame. The fans are made in China.

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Fan Connectors
Fan Connectors (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The fan is PWM-controlled, which is a standard design. The D-RGB connectors are also standard, which makes them compatible with the RGB sync technology of motherboard manufacturers.

Salient specifications are:

Dimension 120x120x25mm
Speed 800 to 1800 RPM
Airflow 51 CFM ± 10%
Static Pressure 1.5 mmH₂O (Max)
Noise 32 dB(A) ±10%
Bearing Rifle Bearing
MTTF 30000 Hours
Interface 4-pin PWM, 3-pin

Installation

We have tested the cooler on the AMD AM5 platform. Here are the steps:

  • Install the AMD mounting arms provided with the cooler on the base.
  • Install the locker pin on the mounting arm using the longer thumb screw.
  • Apply the thermal paste on the CPU.
  • Place the block on the CPU carefully by aligning the catcher of the locker pins with the tabs on the AMD stock mounting brackets.
  • Tighten the screws on both ends to complete the block’s installation.
  • Install fans on the radiator.
  • Install the radiator in the PC Case or as per the requirement.
  • Set up the cables.
  • Installation is complete.

There is no clearance issue with regard to the DIMM slot and PCIe slot. However, make sure your PC Case has clearance and support for a 360mm size liquid cooler.

RGB Lighting

The RGB lighting is compatible with the RGB sync technology of motherboard manufacturers simply because darkFlash has used standard connectors. This is the power of simplicity and sticking with the basics. We have tested on the GIGABYTE X670E AORUS MASTER motherboard using the RGB FUSION 2.0 app, and it was found to working fine. The lighting solution is compatible with:

Here are a few pictures:

Thermal Testing

We have used the below-mentioned configuration for this testing:

Here is the settings table:

Clocks Auto
VCore Auto
PBO Advanced
Efficiency Curve Adjustment -30mV
PPT 110W
Thermal Limit 85°C
XMP/EXPO Loaded where available
Thermal Paste Alphacool Subzero
Thermal Paste Application 5 dots
Fan Headers CPU_FAN and CPU_OPT
Fan Control 100% PWM cycle
Stress Tool CINEBENCH R23.2 Multi
Monitoring Tool HWInfo64
Test Duration 30 minutes
Idle Time 5 Minutes
Ambient Temperature 22°C ~ 23.7°C

The motherboard was updated to the latest BIOS before this testing, along with chipset software. We did not use ECO Mode from GIGABYTE. These Eco modes are based on thermal limits, and the CPU will operate on the set limit anyway.

Result

darkFlash Twister DX360 White Liquid Cooler — Thermal Performance
Thermal Performance (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Because the temperature variation is over 1ᵒC, we are reporting delta temperature, which is calculated by subtracting ambient temperature from Tctl/Tdie sensor temperature. All coolers are tested the same way, so the margin of error applies to all. ID-COOLING DASHFLOW 360 XT LITE WHITE cooler has performed quite well on our test bench. Both 360mm AIOs are sitting in less than 1ᵒC margin.

Noise

We did not measure the noise output due to repair & maintenance noise in the neighborhood.

Should You Buy It?

Buy It If:

You Want A Budget AIO: The darkFlash Twister DX360 v2.6 is very reasonably priced, making it perfect for budget gamers.

You Are Building A White PC: Given its white design, the cooler goes beautifully in a white-themed PC build

Don’t Buy It If:

You Want Extreme Cooling: While the darkFlash Twister DX360 v2.6 does a great job at cooling high-end processors like the i7-13700K or the Ryzen 7 7700X, it is not recommended for an i9-13900K or other flagship CPUs.

Conclusion

The darkFlash Twister DX360 v2.6 White liquid cooler comes in three colors: white, black, and pink, and it is compatible with various Intel and AMD sockets. The cooler features a 394x120x27mm aluminum radiator with 3x 120mm fans, making it approximately 394x120x53mm. It has an FPI count of 20 and 12 coolant flow channels. The rubber tubing has a run of 400mm with white nylon braided mesh sleeves. The pump housing has a dual-chamber design with digital RGB LEDs and an infinity mirror effect. The pump is rated up to 2700 RPM and uses a 3-pin connector.

The cooler includes three 120mm A-RGB white fans with an infinity mirror effect on the hub, using Rifle bearings with an MTTF of 30,000 hours. They are PWM-controlled with digital RGB LEDs. Installation on the AMD AM5 platform requires 10 items and features a clip-style mounting.

Despite good performance, the fans are loud, so custom fan curves or auto PWM settings are recommended. The cooler is reasonably priced, considering inflation, and comes with a 3-year warranty.

 
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