XPG Levante X 360 Review: Quiet, but Overpriced

You might not be familiar with the name XPG, but enthusiasts will recognize its parent company, Adata, known for its RAM and SSDs. XPG is Adata’s gaming-focused brand, offering up memory, PC cases, peripherals, and various other components. 

Here we’re putting  XPG’s Levante X 360 AIO cooler on our test bench, which advertises low noise levels and incorporates a truly unique style of fans. But as interesting as the fans are, even paired with decent overall performance, at $199 it’s not going to make our list of Best AIO Coolers. We’ll still put it through testing to see how well it does against less-expensive alternatives, though. But first, here are the cooler’s specifications, straight from XPG.  

Cooler Specifications

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Cooler Levante X 360
Radiator Material Aluminum
Socket Compatibility Intel LGA 1700, 1200, 115x
AMD: AM5 & AM4
Max TDP (Our Testing) ~239W on Intel i7-13700K
Installed Size (with fans) 394mm (L) x 121mm (W) x 52mm (D)
Warranty 5 years

Packing and Included Contents 

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XPG’s Levante X 360 arrives in a box similar in size to most other 360mm AIOs, and incorporates typical molded cardboard and plastic for the protection of the inner contents during shipping.

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Included with the package are the following:

  • Three 120mm fans
  • 360mm radiator & CPU block 
  • Pre-applied thermal paste
  • PWM & ARGB extension cables
  • Mounts for all modern CPUs
  • Hardware ARGB controller

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LGA 1700 Cooler Installation

1. As with other AIOs, I would advise installing the fans to the radiator and securing the radiator to your computer case prior to other installation steps. This usually makes the rest of the installation significantly easier. 

2. Next you’ll take the CPU backplate, press it against the back of the motherboard, and secure it by screwing in the standoffs on the top side of the motherboard.

3. Apply the CPU block against the standoffs, and secure it with the included thumbscrews.

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4. Connect the fans and pump to the motherboard’s PWM & ARGB headers, and then you’re ready to go. 

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Features of XPG’s Levante X 360

Rotatable tubing

The tubing of Levante X 360 can be rotated in any direction, making installation easier.

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Copper Contact Plate

This AIO arrives with a pure copper CPU contact plate, like most others on the market, and includes pre-applied thermal paste for easier installation.

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27mm Thick Radiator

The AIO includes a radiator 27mm thick, which is standard for most AIOs. With fans installed, the thickness is a total of 53mm.

Infinity Mirror CPU Block

The CPU block includes an infinity mirror, illuminated by ARGB for that typical gamer look.

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Full RAM Compatibility

As the AIO’s CPU block doesn’t overhang or interfere with a motherboard’s DIMM slots in any manner, you are free to use any size of RAM, no matter how tall, without any worries of incompatibility.

Hardware ARGB Controller

While you can control ARGB settings using your motherboard’s BIOS and/or software via the 3-pin ARGB connection, XPG also provides a hardware ARGB controller that allows you to change the colors, brightness, and speed of the lighting effects.

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Three Dual-Ring 120mm ARGB fans

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There’s more to a cooler than just the heatsink or radiator. The bundled fans have a significant impact on cooling, noise levels, and the unit’s aesthetics – and the fans included with the Levante X 360 are certainly unique!

These fans have seven blades like many other fans on the market, but the blades are split into two parts – the main body of the blade is on the lower portion, with an additional smaller blade (comprised of 2 sections) on the top. In theory, this design should help move higher amounts of air.

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Another nice feature of these fans: They have built-in daisy-chain capability for both PWM and ARGB lighting, making the setup and installation simpler. The fans also incorporate 20 LEDs each, for lots of RGB glow.

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I am somewhat concerned about the lower rated lifespan of these fans. Most fans on the market have MTBF ratings of over 50,000 hours, with the best units advertising 140,000 hours or more. That being said, XPG’s rating of 40,000 hours translates to over four and a half years of non-stop operation before failures are expected, so most users won’t have reason to be worried if their lifespan ratings are accurate.

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Model Dual Ring 120mm fans
Dimensions 120 x 120 x 25mm
Fan Speed 600-2000 RPM
Air Flow Up to 61.5 CFM
Air Pressure Up to 1.42 mmH2O
Bearing Type Fluid Dynamic Bearing
Lighting ARGB
MFFT >40,000 hours

LGA1700 Socket Bending

Note there are many factors other than the CPU cooler that can influence your cooling performance, including the case you use and the fans installed in it. A system’s motherboard can also influence this, especially if it suffers from bending, which results in poor cooler contact with the CPU. 

To prevent bending from impacting our cooling results, we’ve installed Thermalright’s LGA 1700 contact frame into our testing rig. If your motherboard is affected by bending, your thermal results will be worse than those shown below. Not all motherboards are affected equally by this issue. I tested Raptor Lake CPUs in two motherboards. And while one of them showed significant thermal improvements after installing Thermalright’s LGA1700 contact frame, the other motherboard showed no difference in temperatures whatsoever! Check out our review of the contact frame for more information. 

Testing Methodology

Modern CPUs, whether Intel or AMD, are difficult to cool in intensive workloads. In the past reaching 95C+ on a desktop CPU might have been a cause for concern – but with today’s highest-end processors, it is considered normal operation. Similar behavior has been present in laptops for years due to cooling limitations in tight spaces.

All testing is performed with a 23 degrees Celsius ambient room temperature. Multiple thermal tests are run on each CPU to test the cooler in a variety of conditions, and acoustic measurements are taken with each result. These tests include:

1. Noise normalized testing at low noise levels

2. “Out of the box”/Default Configuration Thermal & Acoustics Testing

a.) No power limits enforced

b.) Because CPUs hit TJ max in this scenario, the best way to compare cooling strength is by recording the total CPU package power consumption.

3. Thermal & Acoustics testing in Power Limited Scenarios

a.) Power limited to 175W to emulate a medium intensity workload

b.) Power limited to 125W to emulate a low intensity workload

The thermal results included are for a 10-minute testing runs. To be sure that was sufficiently long to tax the cooler, we tested both Thermalright’s Assassin X 120 R SE and DeepCool’s LT720 with a 30-minute Cinebench test with Intel’s i9-13900K for both 10 minutes and 30 minutes. The results didn’t change much at all with the longer test: The average clock speeds maintained dropped by 29 MHz on DeepCool’s LT720 and 31 MHz on Thermalright’s Assassin X 120 R SE. That’s an incredibly small 0.6% difference in clock speeds maintained, a margin of error difference that tells us that the 10-minute tests are indeed long enough to properly test the coolers.

Testing Configuration – Intel LGA1700 Platform

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CPU Intel Core i7-13700K
Motherboard MSI Z690 A Pro DDR4
Case Be Quiet! Silent Base 802, system fans set to speed 1 setting.
Monitor LG 45GR95QE
PSU Cooler Master XG Plus 850 Platinum PSU

No Power Limits Thermal Results

Without power limits enforced on Intel’s i7-13700K, the CPU will hit its peak temperature and thermally throttle with even the strongest of air coolers. For most coolers, we’ll measure the CPU package power to determine the maximum wattage cooled.

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The XPG Levante X 360 does well here in the sense that it’s able to cool 239W, almost enough to allow Intel’s i7-13700K to run fully unthrottled in the most thermally intensive scenarios. However, more modern AIOs released in the past year can handle this workload while running under the peak CPU temperature.

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Normally I would consider it a mark against the AIO if it fails maximum intensity stress testing – but there’s one exception: when the cooler runs quietly. XPG’s Levante X 360 might not be capable of taming the hottest workloads, but it runs quieter than any of the AIOs I’ve tested that do. System noise levels were measured at 45.6 dBA with the Levante X 360, compared to an average of 49 dBA with the other coolers shown here.

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Thermal Results with noise normalized to 38.2 dBA

Finding the right balance between fan noise levels and cooling performance is important. While running fans at full speed can improve cooling capacity to some extent, the benefits are limited and many users prefer a quiet system. With this noise-normalized test, I’ve set noise levels to 38.2 dba. This level of noise is a low, but slightly audible, volume level.

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When acoustics are limited to 38.2 dBA the XP Levante X 360 cooled an average of ~229W during testing, which is on the lower end of performance for recent 360mm AIOs, but is still quite good. The best result here only offers 7W of extra cooling capacity.

175W Cinebench Results

Most coolers on the market can keep Intel’s i7-13700K under its peak temperature if the power consumption is limited, so for this test we’ll be looking at the CPU’s actual temperature. The XPG Levante X 360’s result of 53C over ambient is similar to Teamgroup’s Siren Duo 360, a few degrees cooler than most air coolers.

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Noise levels are arguably more important than thermals in a 175W workload. With the Levante X 360 installed, I measured a result of 45.6 dBA, equal to the maximum noise levels. This isn’t loud per se, but it is one of the louder results I have recorded in this scenario.

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125W Cinebench Results

The lowest power limit I test with Raptor Lake CPUs is 125W. This is a high enough limit to allow the CPU to maintain base clocks peeds even in the most intensive tests, and most coolers should be able to keep the CPU below TJ Max – even low-end coolers.

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Looking at thermal performance, the Levante X 360 kept the CPU at an average of 40C over ambient, which is just behind the competing 360mm AIOs tested here and a bit better than air coolers. Really, thermals do not matter in this scenario.

Even Intel’s basic stock cooler can handle a load like this with ease. Noise levels, rather than CPU temperature, are the most important factor here. And with a result of 38.9 dBA, the Levante X 360 tied for the second-quietest result we have measured from any AIO.

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The Levante X 360 performs well enough, and its low noise profile will be appreciated by many. But it is impossible to recommend at anywhere close to $199, when Arctic’s Liquid Freezer 360 offers similar performance and noise levels for $70 less. But if you find this unit on a big sale, it might be worth considering.

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