Enermax Liqtech 120X AIO Liquid CPU Cooler

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Enermax Liqtech 120X AIO Liquid CPU Cooler

September 10, 2014 by Lawrence Lee

Enermax Liqtech 120X AIO Liquid CPU Cooler
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The current popularity of enclosed all-in-one water cooling units reminds us a lot of the early consumer SSD rush. The market for solid-state drives started out rather slow with only a handful of players in the mix. Then SandForce unveiled their first generation controller and offered them to OEMs to build their own drives. The resulting boom had almost every flash memory company pushing out an SSD of their own. A similar thing happened in water cooling with Asetek licensing their technology to many of the big names in PC cooling. That's the one of the reasons for the current proliferation and why so many liquid coolers look alike.

The latest closed-loop liquid cooler to hit our labs is the Enermax Liqtech 120X. Though primarily known as a power supply manufacturer, Enermax has dipped their toes in a bit of everything and that includes fans and other cooling products. The 120X has a single 120 mm heat exchanger but its thicker than average, measuring 43 mm across. Complementing the extra dissipation area are two 120 mm fans, allowing users to setup a dual fan push-pull configuration right out of the box. Furthermore, the fans have APS (Adjustable Peak Speed), a 3-speed switch directly on the fan hub that changes the fan's maximum speed only. The minimum speed is always 600 RPM while the top speed can be toggled between 1300, 2000, and 2500 RPM.

The box.



The 120X uses the same packaging as virtually every other liquid cooler on the market. Inside the box, the cooler is curled up in a paper carton with the accessories and fans separated. Included in the package are two 120 mm fans, a dual-headed fan connector, AMD mounting arms (the Intel set is pre-installed), a backplate and the rest of the assembly kit, a tube of thermal compound, and a brief set of installation instructions.

As for the cooler itself, the basic design is nothing new — it works exactly the same way as other AIO liquid coolers. However, it does use the less common square waterblock design similar to the SilverStone Tundra TD03. The boxy aluminum housing around the base isn't as low-key as the round plastic models but it's much better built, opening up the possibility of a mounting system that exerts more pressure.

Enermax Liqtech 120X: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Model ELCT-LT120X-HP
Weight (w/o fan) 955 g
Bracket compatibility Intel® LGA 775/1150/1155/1156/1366/2011,
AMD® AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1/FM2/FM2+
Warranty 2 years
Cold plate material
50,000 hours
2500 rpm
12 V
Rated current
0.3 A
153 x 120 x 43 mm
310 mm
Polyamide (PA) rubber
120 x 120 x 25 mm
Bearing Twister
MTBF >= 160,000 hours
Speed 600 - 1300/2000/2500 rpm
Rated voltage 12 V
Rated current 0.13/0.27/0.45 A
Air flow 28.6 ~ 60.3/88.9/111.0 CFM
48.5 ~ 102.4/150.9/188.7 m3/h
Static pressure 0.8 ~ 1.7/4.7/7.4 mm-H2O
Noise level 15 ~ 21.5/27/30 dBA
Connector 4 pin PWM


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