Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
For those who paid close attention when the previous pair of Enermax cooler reviews went live: we had completely screwed up by the confusing names of both designs. The main point taken from that experience of emails and corrections is that we have found out what makes the Liqmax what it is, as well as what makes the Liqtech different. And, what we have found out is pretty simple. Liqmax is the name associated with the plastic square head units that are more like what we typically see from Asetek and CoolIt. The Liqtech naming is used for those that use the all metal head units, and have the radiators dressed up more fashionably than the typical AIO.
We were pleased on two fronts with this latest entry though. For one, it is a dual radiator design. This raises efficiency levels, and should make this entry the best performer out of the group. The second reason we were eager to see this design is that it follows the likes of the SilverStone AIOs, and with Enermax under the Liqtech naming, we know we are getting the all metal head unit, and better styling throughout. Plus, if the Liqtech 120X is an indication of what we are getting here, this is an AIO that will easily fit into most of the custom builds out there, and blend right in to the color scheme.
The reason Enermax has us here today is to take a look at the largest AIO that they currently offer, the Liqtech 240, which we will soon be going over in fine detail. If the previous solutions we tested are an indicator of potential performance, then this cooler could just sneak into the top of the list as far as AIOs are concerned. But, this is why we are here: to see just how well this Liqtech 240 AIO liquid CPU cooler does in the real-world. So let's get to it.
The ELC-LT240-HP, or Liqtech 240, offers a metal head unit as described earlier, and as we would expect, the cold plate at the bottom is made from copper. On top of the plate and its micro-channels is the ceramic bearing pump that is rated for speeds up to 2500 RPM. The coolant inside is cycled through 310mm of PA rubber tubing on its way to the 240mm aluminum radiator. In this 27mm thick radiator, the coolant passes through, is cooled by fans, and is then returned to the head unit.
Along with finding out this cooler is able to fit any current mainstream processor, we also found out all there is to know about the pair of ED-122512S-PA fans that come in the kit. These are 120mm fans based on the Twister bearing, and they are rated to spin for 160,000 hours. There are also fan speeds shown, and these can be set via a switch on the back of the fans to allow for low speed, medium speed, or full speed. Each of the fans is rated to deliver 111 CFM while also pushing 7.4mmH2O of static pressure. These are four-pin PWM fans, and with the switches on them, it's almost like getting three fans in one.
What we have left to cover here is the biggest part of the decision for most customers when it comes to a new cooler: the cost. With the reasonable pricing of the previous two solutions, we did not expect any kind of price gauging when we went to look for it, and we found the Liqtech 240 to be just as reasonable. We see that this cooler can be had for just over $100 in some locations. On the flip side of that coin, we did also see some listings that we felt were a bit pricey. However, as long as time is taken to look for the best deal on hand, from what we gather so far, the Liqtech 240 is not only reasonable, but much cheaper than most other dual radiator solutions when they were all released.
PRICING: You can find the ENERMAX LIQTECH 240 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The ENERMAX LIQTECH 240 retails for $105.24 at Amazon.
Canada: The ENERMAX LIQTECH 240 retails for CDN$202.59 at Amazon Canada.