Comprehensive Review: The Sleek and Stylish Lian Li Hydroshift LCD 360S AIO Cooler

Among the packed field of PC hardware manufacturers, Lian Li is a company that arguably shouldn’t even need an introduction. The quirky company has developed a devout following thanks to its focus on premium-quality aluminum computer cases that often come in some rather unique designs. Over the years, the company has developed a solid reputation for its meticulous craftsmanship, durability, and elegant aesthetics. Consequently, when the company decided to expand beyond aluminum cases into other PC peripherals, it attracted quite a bit of attention to see what kind of touch Lian Li could bring to the rest of the PC ecosystem.

Lian Li’s focus on premium products means that the company doesn’t really produce much in the way of basic products, and this mentality has extended beyond cases into the rest of their peripherals. Case in point is today’s review subject: Lian Li’s new all-in-one CPU cooler, the HydroShift LCD 360S AIO. Not content just to create a powerful 360 mm cooler, Lian Li has gone a step further by integrating recesses and other features to help hide the tubing around the cooler, and for the coup de grace, added a high-quality 2.88-inch IPS display to the pump block.

Overall, this new product marks a significant milestone for Lian Li, as it combines advanced cooling technology with the company’s signature aesthetic appeal, making for a cooler aimed at both enthusiasts and professional users seeking high-end thermal performance and visual customization. The HydroShift LCD 360S is undeniably designed first and foremost with aesthetics in mind, but the shiny pump block is backed up by one of the most powerful 360 mm cooler designs on the market today. Lian Li is throwing everything they have at the new HydroShift coolers.

Overall, the 360S is part of a trio of HydroShift 360 mm coolers the company is launching this summer. All three share a similar design, although with some pump changes and the addition of RGB fan lighting, depending on the specific model, with the 360S effectively serving as the base model.

Lian Li HydroShift 360S AIO CPU Cooler
Type All-in-One Liquid Cooler
Dimensions 403 x 124.5 x 52 mm (radiator with fan)
Fans 3 x 120 mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing Fans
2500 RPM (max)
Display 480px x 480px IPS LCD (500 nits)
Supported Sockets Intel: LGA1700

AMD: AM5 / AM4

Warranty 6 Years
Price $180

Packaging & Bundle

Lian Li supplies the HydroShift LCD 360S in a black cardboard box with blue accents. The image on the box highlights the “tubeless” aesthetic and LCD screen, which are the major marketing points of this cooler. Custom cardboard inserts protect the cooler inside the packaging, ensuring safe shipping.

Aside from the necessary mounting hardware, we also found several plastic parts bundled with the cooler, all of which are meant to improve aesthetics. There is a right-side tube cover, which can be used to replace the left-side cover that is already installed on the cooler, plus some tube/wire guides for a clean final look.

The Lian Li HydroShift LCD 360S AIO Liquid Cooler

At first glance, the Lian Li HydroShift LCD 360S AIO CPU cooler looks a lot like many of the typical 360 mm AIO coolers already on the market. This cooler adheres to the typical AIO structure, featuring a substantial radiator, dual hoses, and an integrated pump-block assembly. The pump-block incorporates a copper coldplate for direct CPU contact and an efficiently designed liquid pump, representing the conventional setup for AIO coolers. Lian Li employs durable rubber hoses wrapped in braided sleeving for enhanced protection, which are remarkably flexible despite their multiple layers.

The Lian Li HydroShift LCD 360S AIO features a radiator that is 27 mm thick, the standard thickness for AIO cooler radiators, ensuring its compatibility with almost any case designed to accommodate a 360 mm radiator. The radiator design utilizes the typical dual-pass cross-flow configuration, with small fins attached to thin, elongated tubes for efficient heat dissipation.

What sets this apart from most other AIO designs is that Lian Li has added metallic braces that secure the tubes, as well as a plastic cover for them. The concept is that, once installed, the tubes will be mostly hidden behind the radiator against the right side of the case. On the other side of the radiator, Lian Li installed an aluminum plate with the company’s logo on it. This aluminum plate is removable and can be installed on either side of the radiator and in any orientation.

The main block of the Lian Li HydroShift LCD 360S AIO is an aluminum square with a copper coldplate at its bottom and a liquid pump hidden inside it. Every HydroShift cooler has a different pump, and the 360S has the fastest – but not the most powerful – pump in the series to date. It features metal hose 90° connectors with nickel edges. Although it looks very plain when unpowered, the main block features an LCD display for real-time system monitoring and customizable visual effects. Two cables exit the assembly, one for powering the pump and one that connects to a USB header and controls the LCD screen.

The underside of the main block assembly of the Lian Li HydroShift LCD 360S AIO cooler features an octagonal-shaped contact plate secured to the body with nine screws. While the plate’s surface is not mirror-polished, it is sufficiently smooth and flat for efficient thermal transfer. The cooler does not come with pre-applied thermal paste; instead, the company includes a syringe of thermal compound for application during installation. The dimensions of the coldplate are approximately 60×60 mm, ensuring it covers the entirety of the compatible CPU dies.

The standout feature of the Lian Li HydroShift LCD 360S AIO is its advanced IPS LCD screen, integrated into the main block assembly. The 2.88-inch, 480×480 pixel screen is fully customizable, enabling users to personalize the display with custom graphics, animations, or detailed system information. It can offer real-time monitoring of essential system parameters, such as CPU temperature, CPU wattage, and pump speed, providing immediate feedback on the system’s performance. The LCD screen’s vibrant and clear visuals – with a peak brightness that can reach 500 nits – add a striking visual element to the cooler, making it a focal point in any vibrant PC build. It could also be said that it has a functional side too if the PC case is placed in such a way that the user can turn to the LCD screen for real-time information.

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