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Enermax Liqtech 120X AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 16, 2014 10:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 82%Manufacturer: Enermax

Test System Setup




I would first like to thank ASUS, InWin, Corsair, and Fractal Design for supplying products for me to test with.


To see our testing methodology and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article.



Thermal Results




At minimum, slightly edging out the Liqtech 120S at stock levels is expected, since this version is cooled by two fans.




This is where we were perplexed to say the least. Verifying pump speed and fan RPM, we found that we were at maximum specification for both, yet our results find that the dual fan Enermax AOI gets beat by a degree and a half by the 120S. While not that bad of a result in the large picture, something just isn't right about this design, or maybe it is our specific model.



Noise Level Results




The pump at full speed is less than the 34 dB we got from our fans at 1800 RPM, with only 7.5V sent to it for power. At this level, things are very tolerable, and there is not really much of any annoyance to have to deal with here.




Part of the thermal issue could have been the fans too. As we now have 12V running to the fans, and they top out at 2500 RPM, we have slightly less noise from these 110 CFM fans than the TB Apollish Advance fan on the 120S. Either way, in the larger scope of things, it is still pretty noisy.

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