Bykski, Barrow, Boom, (Insert generic new watercooling company starting with a B here). It was all a confused mess when these came about in the last few years, especially with their products all looking similar, only available in parts of Asia, and a lot of inspiration taken from existing products of other established brands. Needless to say, they did not get the best of starts as far as market reputation goes, but their lower price points as compared to others resulted in a market which did fund more original products as time passed. However, some things have not changed. Bykski products, for example, are still only available for purchase from Asian sellers, but their product portfolio is now diverse and varied enough to where I can identify them as Bykski products from among a crowd of similar goods. This has meant that they have earned OEM contracts for companies, including Colorful and Thermaltake, and are now looking to expand globally. Thanks then to Bykski for providing the review sample.
We covered the release of the FOUR series of CPU blocks from Bykski before on TechPowerUp, and the comments were a mixed bag of emotions even then. What is not up for debate, however, is that the FOUR series CPU block is absolutely massive with a big chunk of acrylic machined into a top for a nickel-plated copper cold plate, and then there is Bykski's unique design touch with a metal cover that partially covers the top. There are color options available for said shroud to help match their range of fittings as well as their FOUR series GPU blocks, and note also that there is nothing visible from the top regarding threaded holes or mounting brackets to help install the CPU block itself. Let us begin the review as we always do, with a look at the specifications below.
|Bykski FOUR CPU Waterblock|
|Top:||Acrylic top with aluminum cover|
|Cold plate:||Nickel-plated copper|
|CPU socket compatibility:||Intel socket LGA 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156|
|Dimensions:||90 (L) x 90 (W) x 20 (H) mm|
|Ports:||Two, BSP G1/4" threaded|