Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 Gets Reviewed

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The Arctic Liquid Freezer AIO series has enjoyed praise from a number of sites. The 280 may appeal to minimalists as it does not feature any RGB of any kind. Another interesting design difference is a 40 mm VRM fan to assist in cooling the CPU VRM.

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Some specifications:

  • VRM Fan: 40 mm @ 1,000 – 3,000 RPM controlled via PWM
  • Pump: 800-2,000 RPM controlled via PWM
  • Cold Plate: Copper, Micro Skived Fin
  • Tube Length: 450 mm
  • Radiator Fans: 2 x 140 mm @ 200 -1700 RPM controlled via PWM
  • Tube Diameter: Outer 12.4 mm, Inner 6.0 mm
  • Radiator Dimensions: 317 mm x 138 mm x 38 mm
  • Airflow 72.8 CFM
  • Radiator Material: Aluminum
  • Connector: 1 x 4 pin
  • Socket Types: Intel® 115X, 2011-3*2066* *Square ILM, AMD® AM4

The cooler’s tubes are sleeved to assist in providing cable management and a clean look. It comes filled with coolant from the factory so even those with the most basic skills needn’t fuss with initial setup. Essentially all one needs to do to install is mount the radiator and cooler and plug in.

Guru3D has just published a review on the Liquid Freezer II 280. They mention another nice detail is that the radiator is 38 mm thick. This additional thickness does improve the cooling potential of the AIO. Having tested with a i9 9900K @ 5 GHz / 1.35 V it performed favorably. Holding at 79c under full load it was able to be close to the top of their review list. At 1.45 V it did climb to 87c which is a little on the hot side of things. The 280 has an MSRP of $89.99 USD.


Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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