Originally Posted by failwheeldrive
I guess aesthetics are subjective, it looks awful to me. I could see that res causing issues with wiring and some 5.25" accessories, especially in small cases. And it will definitely interfere with with hard drive cages in a bunch of cases out there if you were mount it on the front of the chassis. It's just taking up a bunch of space that could have been saved by incorporating the res into the block. And yeah, you can only run push or pull at the top of the rad... it prevents push-pull altogether, and won't allow people to run a push exhaust setup. There are fans out there that only work in push (eloops for instance) so you'd be stuck with using the fans as intakes. It's far from an ideal setup.
1. Looks are subjective; I only build PCs for aesthetics and love the look of the new blocks
2. Some cases it can be an issue, bu most it most likely won't as long as you wire the stuff in the top front bays first. This rad is shorter than the previous iteration, and all other models the same size, of which usually also block drive bays, so the new variantnwill fit up top in more cases than the previous models and not block any more bays than previous AIOs in cases as a whole. Also, one of Asetek's "Patents" was about incorporating a res in the block, so that was a no-go.
3. Push/Pull on this particular design of radiator nets almost no performance gain (~1*C, same as the H220), yet you can still fit push/pull on half of it. Only one fan slot is blocked by the pump.