Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
When it comes to AIOs, Corsair, Antec, and a select few others including OEM versions, were the only choices available for quite a long time. While many companies previously offered their own water cooling concepts (like Thermaltake did back in the day), we now see that most companies have conformed to a general standard for AIOs. Everyone who has the money to take on the market is opting to release some form of an AIO to get a cut of this huge market that has really been booming for a few manufacturers over the past couple of years.
This is where Enermax has stepped in. At the same time they are releasing coolers like the ETS-N30-HE we just had a look at, Enermax is also offering us up a trio of new AIO coolers. As with many companies, there will be a slim single radiator design, a better single radiator version for more extreme purposes, and there will also be a dual radiator cooled solution as well. That pretty much covers the market with a mainstream line; there is the slim design, something a little better and trimmed out a bit better, then of course there is the version for those with big dreams of a very heavy overclock on your processor.
It seems they have covered the market pretty well, but how do these AIOs stack up against similar solutions? That is precisely why we are here today as we look at the Liqtech 120S. There are two versions of this cooler though, and that is something to keep in mind when looking at them online.
There is a high performance version designated with the ELC-LM120S-HP naming, but we were given the slightly fancier model, the ELC-LM120S-TAA that comes with the less powerful Apollish fan in the box. Even though we received a model that by specifications should prove to almost underperform, we think the results may surprise you, since they did surprise us when we saw just how well the Liqtech 120S and Apollish 120mm fan combination did in our testing.
Following the chart as we cover the specifications, we see both models shown at the top, and for the most part, they are identical. They come with a copper cold plate and the ceramic bearing based pump sitting right on top of it, enclosed in a black plastic design that is different from all other AIOs we have seen. The radiator portion of the loop is made of aluminum, and due to the use of mixed metals, a special coolant is used, which travels back and forth through 310mm of FEP tubing with a protective corrugated cover.
While both coolers offer all of the same mounting capabilities, we see where the difference is found when we get to the fans. The left side shows that the HP model offers a 120mm fan capable of 110 CFM, and a huge static pressure rating of 7.4 mmH2O. The version we are testing offers 105 CFM of air flow, but only 3.7 mmH2O. Both fans are rated at the same noise level, and the only other major difference is that the TAA model offers LED lighting in the fan.
As we look around for these coolers, we find some really affordable price tags on these models. From what we can gather, the high performance, or HP version of this kit starts with pricing right around $75 U.S. dollars and goes up from there depending on location. As for the model we've received, there is a $5 premium for the Apollish Advance fan that comes with this kit. As of right now, the pricing seems very reasonable when compared to other AIOs in this category, and we feel the styling is different enough that it may even make you want to swap out an older AIO. Keep reading and see if the Liqtech 120S is the new AIO for you.
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