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I Want This Custom, Low-Profile AIO Liquid Cooler For My Next ITX Build

Sơn Gầy's Custom Low-Profile AIO
(Image credit: Sơn Gầy Facebook)

Sơn Gầy Custom, a Vietnamese modder, recently built a tube-free all-in-one liquid cooler that's integrated into itself -- essentially a low-profile CPU cooler, but instead of using heatpipes, it uses water and a water pump to transfer heat to the fin stack, or 120mm radiator in this case.

But although it looks simple on the surface, there's more to it than initially meets the eye. He uses an Alphacool waterblock with an integrated pump as a base, which pushes fluid into custom manifolds from where the fluid is pushed through a small 120mm radiator. It's then dissipated by a Noctua NF-A12x15 PWM fan.

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Sơn Gầy's Custom Low-Profile AIO

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Sơn Gầy's Custom Low-Profile AIO

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Sơn Gầy hasn't said anything about thermal performance yet, nor anything about noise levels. We know that the Noctua spinner he used, the NF-A12x15 PWM Chromax.Black, isn't very loud with a maximum noise rating of 23.9 dBA. 

That being said, this isn't a very big cooling setup, and although the radiator does use copper fins (which also creates a very striking look), we can't imagine this is the kind of liquid cooling setup you would push high overclocks on. 

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Sơn Gầy's Custom Low-Profile AIO

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Sơn Gầy's Custom Low-Profile AIO

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In fact, between the risk of leaks and likely limited added cooling benefit over a normal low-profile cooler, there's probably little more to this unit than the cool factor of it being an integrated, low-profile (63mm tall) liquid cooler that doesn't need an external radiator.

No word on pricing, nor do we know when or if Sơn Gầy will bring the product out onto the open market at all. 

Niels Broekhuijsen
Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware news on all components and peripherals.
  • Phaaze88
    That is bloody cool. Props to that guy.
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  • artk2219
    Phaaze88 said:
    That is bloody cool. Props to that guy.

    Agreed, im sure its not super impressive temp wise, but for its size, its very neat.
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  • zodiacfml
    cool but it will perform as good as any low profile cooler of its size
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  • lemao69
    Great craftsmanship, but it performs like ass considering how expensive it is.
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  • carocuore
    Looks like a regular air cooler with extra steps to me.

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  • watzupken
    Conceptually it is great, but practically, I am not sure. If the mod was successful in bringing down temps drastically, I am sure he/ she who performed the mod would have shared the results. Considering how small that cooler is, I am not surprise it may even perform on par if not worst than conventional air cooling.
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  • Findecanor
    The point of water-cooling is to move the heat away from the heat source to where it can be exhausted more effectively: where you can have better air-flow and/or larger radiator surface area.

    The water-pipes here are more like a substitute for heat pipes. Heat-pipes need a high temp to start working though, so this might be more effective at low load. At sustained high load, I doubt the difference would be that much to a traditional copper heat sink, maybe even worse.
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  • exploding_psu
    It looks so cute
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  • SethNW
    Nice job, but I really wonder if it actually makes a difference or is it just AIO for sake if being able to say it is AIO. Since usually small AIOs already perform at best equally to regular air coolers. And this also doesn't take heat away from CPU area, since whole thing is on CPU, unless I am missing something. It just feels like air cooling with extra steps of having AIO in between.
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