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Enermax Liqtech 120X AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Enermax Liqtech 120X AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review
Enermax also makes the Liqtech 120X CPU cooler, a more extreme single radiator based AIO, with all the sleekest trimmings, which they sent in for testing.
| CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 16, 2014 10:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 82%Manufacturer: Enermax

Introduction, Specifications and Pricing

 

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As we mentioned in the last AIO review we brought forth, we recently received a total of three AIOs from Enermax. We have seen the "sport model" if you will, in the Liqtech 120S, but this time around there are some major changes. Where most companies would grab a thicker single radiator at this point for the midrange solution, Enermax has gone in an entirely different direction. Not only do they spruce things up with metal trimming on this latest model, but they have also changed the OEM of this AIO from the first one we looked at. This time we have a product very similar to what SilverStone brought out in the Tundra Series; yet Enermax pulls this off with their own style, as not to get anyone confused.

 

Along with the new OEM manufacturer, the plastic on the head unit has been traded out for a full metal casing. We also notice on these units that the swivel fittings are a bit beefier, and thicker walled tubing is also used this time, without the corrugated sleeves. While still using a thinner style single radiator in this model, the sides have been dressed up similar to what SilverStone did with theirs, but Enermax does it with a motherboard heat sink, or memory heat sink design to it. One other major trade off to these new AIOs that are just surfacing is that fins of the radiator in the traditional sense are removed, and we deal with something more akin to a CPU air cooler.

 

As you can tell, even before we get to the unboxing images, the looks and styling of the Liqtech 120X that we are going to look at today have us very interested in figuring out what this AIO can do. We already know it is going to look sleek inside of a build and with a lot of manufacturer's motherboards, since this cooler takes on a black with red trim theme that seems to be everywhere currently.

 

At this point, we need to get through a few images and get really up close and personal with Enermax's midrange AIO. Then it will be time to put it through its paces, and see just how well it contends with our test system, so we can see if the Liqtech 120S is any indication of this dual fan AIO's potential, or if this is more a case of all-show and no-go.

 

The Liqtech 120X is also designated as the ELC-LT120X-HP, and following the previous models, this means the 120X is a high performance model as well. This time, the head unit is comprised of a top plate that acts as a heat sink, a midsection of metal, and at the base of the cooler there is a copper cold plate to exchange the heat to the liquid inside. In the midsection is the pump that is capable of 2500 RPM on its ceramic bearing, and is what will send the heated coolant to the aluminum radiator. As we mentioned earlier though, this radiator design incorporates flat and even fins, much like an air cooler, and none of that zigzag fin design most radiators offer.

 

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Along with the head unit and radiator, the Liqtech 120X ships with a pair of ED122512S-PA fans to strap to either side of the radiator. These fans come with a three way switch on them to limit the fan speeds to three levels, topping out at 2500 RPM. At that speed, these fans will deliver 110 CFM each, and offer 7.4 mmH2O of static pressure. On paper, these 4-pin powered PWM fans look like they should be more than capable of handling its business; especially considering what we saw with the 120S and a single, less powerful fan attached to that. This Liqtech 120X shows a ton of promise, but as always, we will let the charts do the talking soon enough.

 

Looking around the internet in search of this cooler in some e-tailers listings, we find at this time that it is near impossible to locate on any shelves. We have to assume stock will be arriving shortly, but the press release lacks that information; as well as most news channels not having it listed, we find nothing on this unit's pricing. If we were to hazard a guess at this point, considering the pricing of the Liqtech 120S being in the eighty to eighty-five dollar range, this cooler will likely be sold at, or just less than $100 USD. In the grand scheme of things, pricing is only one aspect of the cooler industry, and we will see soon enough how the aesthetic and performance end up. By the end of this review, you will have a full picture of what the Liqtech 120X from Enermax is.

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