We will utilize data collected during testing of the Lian Li Galahad AIO 240 to compare with others in the 240mm AIO segment. Our test system consists of an i7-5930K clocked to 4.2Ghz at 1.20v on our MSI X99S XPower AC motherboard, paired with 16GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 memory. Power comes the way of a be quiet! Dark Power Pro 1200w power supply inside a Corsair Graphite 760T chassis.
Note that we are in the process of updating our cooling rig to a much more modern setup. But for now, the overclocked 140W processor still does a good job of taxing modern coolers.
While all coolers turn in very competitive thermal load results, the Lian Li Galahad AIO 240 nudges past the Corsair H100i RGB Pro XT and Cougar Aqua 240 at 100% fan speed. Differences of only a few degrees Celsius show just how closely our peer group performs.
Of all the coolers in the test group, the fans on the Galahad AIO 240 are the slowest turning. The Galahad’s 120mm fans are rated up to 1900 RPM by Lian Li, meaning they nearly reach their rated threshold.
Typical of AIO coolers, fan noise is more noticeable as fans reach 100% utilization. This makes fan curves very important to system builders who value AIO cooling performance but also appreciate a system that remains quiet until more cooling is needed.
Our acoustic efficiency chart provides a look at how well a cooler performs as a product of how noisy it is in the process of doing that work. The lower noise levels of the Cooler Master ML240R RGB creates a low overall baseline for the testing group, making it difficult for the coolers to pull away with better thermal performance values, but noisier fan measurements.
The Lian Li Galahad AIO 240 releases right at $120, making it just slightly higher in price than the group average. With most of the coolers in the group performing very similar to one another, the slightest differences in values can begin to isolate the graph data in a very pronounced way. But as this is launch pricing from Lian Li, a sale price that drops it down a few dollars in the coming months would make the cooler look much better here.
Thermal imaging from our FLIR ONE Pro shows some distinct thermal soak of the Lian Li Galahad AIO 240 at 50% fan speed. Notable temperature differences along the length of the Galahad’s radiator and coolant tubing can be easily seen between the 50%/100% images.
With the release of its new Galahad AIO coolers, Lian Li has positioned itse in a strong position with its new AIO offerings, even in the very competitive liquid cooling market we have today. With great thermal performance at 100% fan speed, the Galahad AIO 240 is a top-tier performer while still remaining fairly affordable. The lack of a software UI control suite is a debatable downside, but system builders can easily make use of a simple fan BIOS fan curve while avoiding the bloat of multiple startup applications.