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GAMDIAS CHOINE P3-360U Cooler Review: Next Level?

Learn everything there is to know about the GAMDIAS CHIONE P3-360U as we walk you through its unboxing, design, installation, and the results of our testing.

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Review Summary

GAMDIAS CHIONE P3-360U is an attempt from the manufacturer to enter the arena of display screens and embedded coolers. Competition in this niche is stiff. While the cooler has a decent performance, the totality of features coming at such a steep price with only a 2-year warranty is hard to recommend.

Hours Tested: 5

Overall
7.7/10
7.7/10
  • Quality - 7/10
    7/10
  • Design - 8/10
    8/10
  • Performance - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Features - 9/10
    9/10
  • Value - 6/10
    6/10

Pros

  • IPS LCD Screen
  • Rotatable Display
  • AD-RGB Lighting
  • Extensive AMD sockets support
  • Intel LGA1700 socket support
  • Embedded Fan for VRM cooling
  • PWM Control for Pump
  • USB AEOLUS Control Box

Cons

  • No control over embedded fan
  • Broken software
  • Warranty
  • Price
  • Loud Fans

We’re currently testing the CHIONE P3-360U liquid cooler, highlighting two key features: an IPS LCD screen with software customization and an integrated VRM cooling fan. This cooler supports a wide range of sockets from both Intel and AMD, offering compatibility with LGA2066 to AM4.

Included in the package are three AEOLUS M3 120mm A-RGB fans and an AEOLUS control box for synchronized fan and block control. While it boasts impressive features, managing multiple cables could be a concern. GAMDIAS rates this cooler at 290W ±10% TDP and offers a variety of functionalities through their CHIONE CAST software, including system information display, lighting customization, and motherboard sync for ARGB. Additionally, it supports newer sockets like LGA 1700 and AM5, ensuring compatibility with the latest platforms.


Key Takeaways

  • The GAMDIAS CHIONE P3-360U is a feature-packed liquid cooler integrating an IPS LCD screen, offering customizable display options and dedicated VRM cooling within its design.
  • The GAMDIAS CHIONE P3-360U is good for enthusiasts seeking customizable RGB lighting, integrated LCD display for system metrics, and VRM cooling, suitable for moderate to high-performance rigs.
  • The GAMDIAS CHIONE P3-360U is not for users looking for a plug-and-play setup or minimal cable management, as this cooler involves intricate installation steps and proprietary connectors, potentially complicating installation for novice users.

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Take a look at the specs here!
 
CPU Cooler GAMDIAS CHOINE P3-360U
Radiator Dimensions 394 x 119 x 27 mm
Tube Material Teflon
Base Plate Material Copper
Radiator Material Aluminum
Sleeved Tube Yes
Pump Rated Voltage 12 V (Pump) / 5V(LED)
Pump Connector 3 Pin
Compatibility LGA2066 / 2011-v3 / 2011 / 1700 / 1200 / 1151 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / AM5 / AM4 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2 / FM2+ / FM2 / FM1 / TR4
TDP 290W ±10%
Support Motherboard RGB Sync Connectors 5V 3-pin addressable (digital) RGB header Only
Fan Dimensions 120 x 120 x 25 mm
Speed 800 – 2000 RPM±10%
Noise Level 10 – 31 dBA
Air Flow 69.01 CFM
Air Pressure 2.37 mmH2O
Bearing Hydraulic
Rated Voltage 12 V (Fan) / 5V(LED)
Connector 8 pin
Support PWM Control Yes

Unboxing

Meow, meow! Oh, wait; there is a picture of a cat. Someone at GAMDIAS sure loves cats, but who does not?

Content

Let’s see what is provided in the box.

Closer Look

Let’s take a look at the main components of this cooler!

Radiator

The GAMDIAS CHIONE P3-360U features a 394x119x27mm aluminum alloy radiator. When equipped with 25mm fans, it reaches an approximate height of 53mm, inclusive of the screw heads. With 20 fins per inch and 12 coolant channels, this radiator boasts high density. It maintains a standard 105mm gap between opposing mounting holes, lacking any branding at its far end.

GAMDIAS CHOINE P3-360U — Radiator 3
Fins (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The above picture shows a close-up view of the fins. GAMDIAS has done a good job in fin stacking. Fins are an E shape or what I usually mention as a v shape from their side angles. There are no bends or broken fins.

The tubing connections on the GAMDIAS CHIONE P3-360U feature heat shrinks, which, although functional, might not offer the best aesthetics for its price range. It’s essential not to interfere with a reserved port cover, as tampering may affect the loop’s vacuum pressure. It uses Teflon tubes, which have lower ID/OD compared to many other 360mm AIOs that I have tested recently. These tubes are flexible but don’t kink. They have nylon braided mesh sleeves over them for aesthetics. These run to approximately 400mm.

The absence of branding on the side frame keeps the unit’s aesthetic sleek in its complete black coating. A noticeable gap between the frame and the fin stack indicates a fin thickness less than the radiator’s overall 27mm. It’s important to note there’s no protective plating beneath the mounting holes, but using the provided GAMDIAS screws ensures proper installation.

Pumping House Block

The pump housing’s design with the IPS LCD screen is unconventional, lacking the expected stylish housing. Internally, a concealed embedded fan and diffuser, new to GAMDIAS’ CHIONE series, accompany the IPS LCD. This fan primarily cools the motherboard’s VRM area, yet specific specifications remain undisclosed. The block’s side lacks branding but has vents for the fan’s air release, albeit without an optimized design for efficient airflow. Made from plastic, the housing’s overall quality doesn’t quite align with its high price. Measurements with a digital caliper show the housing at 69mm in height and diameter.

Examining the rear of the housing, we notice heat shrinks covering the tube-to-fitting connections. Interestingly, the fittings aren’t centered but placed in an offset position. Additionally, there are two cables protruding from one side of the housing.

GAMDIAS CHOINE P3-360U — CHIONE_P3 360U_IMG_KeyFeature2.png
Key Features

The above picture shows the schematic of the pump housing’s internal layout. IPS LCD Screen at the top. There is a hidden RGB lighting inside the housing. We can see small holes on the plate on which the embedded fan is rested. I am not sure if it has anything to do with air going down or not, given how small they are. The pump has a three-phase motor.

The cable features a 4-pin connector but contains only 3 wires, indicating non-PWM control for the pump—it’s still DC-based. Although unlisted, the pump operates at a 2800 RPM speed on 12VDC. Interestingly, GAMDIAS specifies a 3-pin interface for the pump, yet the actual connector is a 4-pin design. Another proprietary 8-pin white connector with a bulky-sleeved cable likely powers the IPS LCD screen, RGB LEDs, and potentially the embedded fan, although specifics remain unclear.

GAMDIAS CHOINE P3-360U — Block 7
Copper Base (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Fan

This unit has a copper base measuring approximately 59x49mm in size. There is a protective cover over the base to protect it from damage. Don’t forget to take off the cover during installation. We took pictures after testing this unit; hence base seems used.

GAMDIAS includes three customized AEOLUS M3 1204R fans with the CHIONE P3-360U. These fans are distinct from the standard ones, featuring a chamfered design for enhanced air intake. With 11 blades per fan, they prioritize maximum airflow and improved acoustics. The frame, in a solid black finish, showcases a low-profile concentric lighting system using 55 Neon-Flex RGB LEDs. Anti-vibration pads on each mounting corner ensure stable installation, although there are no specific markings for airflow direction or blade spin, which could be helpful for users unfamiliar with fan installation.

GAMDIAS CHOINE P3-360U — Fan 2
Fan – Backside (Image By Tech4Gamers)

There is a 4-arms assembly on the backside of these fans. One arm has an inset on which the wires are routed toward the frame of the fan. We can see a single cable coming out of this fan. This is because GAMDIAS is using proprietary connectors on these fans.

GAMDIAS CHOINE P3-360U — Fan 4
Fan – Connector (Image By Tech4Gamers)

We are showing an 8-pin proprietary connector coming out from the fan. This is to be connected to the AEOLUS control box. This would sit quite well in the GAMDIAS ecosystem, but I prefer standard connectors as they make life easier and provide better compatibility.

The specifications of the fans are:

Dimension 120x120x25mm
Type 8-pin Proprietary Connector
Speed 800 – 2000 ± 10% RPM
Airflow 69.01 CFM
Air Pressure 2.37 mmH2O
Noise 10 to 31 dB(A)
Bearing Type Hydraulic Bearing
Rated Voltage 12VDC

AEOLUS Control Box

It is time to take a look at the USB AEOLUS Control Box provided with this unit. The very particular requirement of using a USB 2.0 header is the software customization and control of the IPS LCD Screen. This box has a dimension of 83x59x14mm. It is made of plastic material and powered by SATA.

GAMDIAS CHOINE P3-360U — Controller 1
Controller (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Looking at one side of this control box, we have a 4-pin, 12V, RGB port to which a user can connect any RGB device. Then there are 3x 8-pin ports to which the fan cables are to be connected.

There are three ports on one side. The 8-pin connector from the block needs to be connected to the LCD label port. This USB control box can be daisy-chained with other AEOLUS control boxes (non-USB). The LED Out serves the purpose of connecting two boxes, whereas the LED In is to be used to connect this box with the RGB header on the motherboard.

The other side also has 3 ports. The USB cable is connected to the USB label port. The SATA cable is connected to the SATA-labeled port. A 4-pin PWM connector cable is connected to the PWM port. This way GAMDIAS has provided full PWM control of these fans to the users.

GAMDIAS CHOINE P3-360U — Controller Cables
Controller Cables (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The above picture shows the bundled cables for this control box.

These are:

  • USB Cable
  • 4-pin PWM Connector Cable
  • SATA Cable
  • D-RGB Cable
  • LED Cable for daisy-chaining
GAMDIAS CHOINE P3-360U — Controller 4
Controller – Magnets (Image By Tech4Gamers)

There are two magnets on the backside of this control box. One can easily attach this control box to the metallic portion of the PC Case. However, we have noted that connecting so many cables could actually pull this box down easily.

Installation

We have tested this cooler on the GIGABYTE X670E AORUS MASTER motherboard using AMD Ryzen 7 7700X.

GAMDIAS CHOINE P3-360U — GAMDIAS CHOINE P3 360U 1
GAMDIAS CHOINE P3 360U (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Installation is as follows:

  1. Remove the stock AMD mounting bracket from the motherboard
  2. Install 4x AMD stud bolts on the stock backplate
  3. Install AMD Mounting brackets on the base of this cooler
  4. Apply the thermal paste on CPU IHS
  5. Remove the protective cover from the base of this unit
  6. Place the block on the CPU, such as the holes on the mounting brackets pass on the threaded portion of the stud bolts
  7. Use thumb nuts or screws to secure the block
  8. Install fans on the radiator
  9. Connect fans to the AEOLUS control box
  10. Connect 8-pin cable from block to AEOLUS control box
  11. Connect 4-pin cable from block to CPU fan header or pump header
  12. Connect SATA cable to AEOLUS control box
  13. Connect the 4-pin PWM cable coming out from the AEOLUS control box to a fan header on the motherboard
  14. Connect standard A-RGB cable coming out from the AEOLUS control box to the RGB sync header on the motherboard
  15. I think I have covered all cable connections. Installation is complete.
PRO TIP: With how hectic the cables can get, ensure you have a setup in mind before you start connecting them.
GAMDIAS CHOINE P3-360U — GAMDIAS CHOINE P3 360U 2
GAMDIAS CHOINE P3 360U (Image By Tech4Gamers)

make sure that there is enough clearance in the PC Case.

CHIONE CAST

CAST is the name of the software that GAMDIAS has provided on their website. It can be downloaded from their website. We will give a quick tour of this software.

PRO TIP: Check for Chione Cast updates often to ensure a seamless experience.

 

D-RGB Lighting

I’ve compiled below a gallery for your viewing pleasure; take a look!

Testing

Testing coolers amidst power-hungry AMD AM5 and Intel Alder Lake S CPUs presents complexities. Unlike standard assessments based on thermal capacity, we’re evaluating how coolers sustain high frequencies under specific loads. Our tests, conducted in a 33°C ambient environment on an open-air bench system, show absolute temperatures in the graph. However, temperatures within a chassis can vary based on airflow dynamics.

WARNING: Variations in silicon behavior, voltage needs, and performance nuances can cause differing results even among identical SKUs.

Test Setup

We have used the following configuration for testing:

The test table is as under:

Clocks Auto, Stock
Voltage Auto, Stock
PBO Advanced
Thermal Limit 85°C
PPT 85000
Efficiency Curve -30mV
XMP XMP Loaded where available
Thermal Paste Alphacool Subzero Thermal Paste
Thermal Paste Application 5 dots
Headers System Fan Header
Stress Software CINEBENCH R23.2
Stress Run Time 30 minutes
PC Idle Time 5 minutes
Monitoring Software HWInfo64

 

Thermal

GAMDIAS CHOINE P3-360U — Thermal Performance 7700X
Thermal Performance (Image By Tech4Gamers)

This testing was done with Eco mode enabled. Otherwise, there is no way to measure the performance of any cooler on this platform unless the ambient is 20ish or the CPU is delid. Another mechanism is to measure the performance by recording the CINEBENCH score after a stress run at which the CPU will operate at 95°C. Anyhow, this cooler has a decent performance in Eco mode.

Noise

The fans’ noise output at maximum speed can be quite intrusive, hitting around 53 to 54 decibels (dB) in a background environment registering at approximately 32 dB. At full throttle, these fans make their presence known, emitting a noticeable sound level that might be disruptive, especially in quieter settings. The contrast between the fan noise and the ambient sound amplifies the perception of its loudness, making it stand out prominently.

Should You Buy It?

Phew! Now that that’s done, do these fans pass the test?

Buy It If:

You prioritize powerful cooling performance: Seeking substantial cooling capacity? This cooler’s ability to handle a 290W ± 10% TDP ensures robust cooling potential, ideal for those demanding high-performance cooling solutions for intense gaming or heavy workloads.

You appreciate extensive motherboard compatibility: If you’re working across multiple Intel and AMD platforms, including TR4, and wish for a cooler that fits these various sockets without compatibility concerns, this model offers that flexibility.

Don’t Buy It If:

You desire a more streamlined setup: If you prefer simpler cable management or an easier installation process, the proprietary connectors and complex setup of this cooler might present challenges, especially for those aiming for a more straightforward installation.

You prioritize silent operation: While capable, the fans’ noise output at maximum speed might be a concern if you’re looking for a quieter cooling solution, particularly in environments where reduced noise is essential for an uninterrupted experience.

Conclusion

GAMDIAS introduced the CHIONE P3-360U during Computex 2023, available in 360mm and 240mm sizes. We reviewed the 360mm version, capable of handling a 290W ± 10% TDP and compatible with a range of Intel and AMD sockets, including TR4. The radiator, measuring 397x119x27mm, features a standard design with 18 FPI and 12 coolant channels, crafted from aluminum. Tubes are covered with heat shrinks, though a higher-priced cooler might warrant a more premium solution. The pump housing is notable, housing an IPS LCD screen above a fan that directs air towards the VRM/CPU areas. However, its aesthetic and layout lack a premium feel expected at this price point.

Included are three AEOLUS M3 fans, customized for this cooler, showcasing a chamfered design, 11 blades, and low-profile concentric RGB lighting. The fans require connection to a proprietary 8-pin connector and the USB AEOLUS Control Box, adding to cable management complexities. Installation, especially on AMD’s AM5 platform, involves several components and might pose challenges, as observed during our tests. The IPS screen displays system metrics but with limitations in sensor selection and fan control.

However, the provided CHIONE CAST software for IPS screen customization seemed basic, needing improvements for user-friendliness. At an expected price of USD 239.9, this cooler feels overpriced, particularly considering the offered 2-year warranty. During testing, it maintained acceptable temperatures under load but with noticeable fan noise, so custom fan curves are recommended for quieter operation.

 

Recent Updates


  • January 7, 2024: Few text changes to improve readability.

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