Test Setup

We will use our standard AIO test rig which you can read more about in its introduction article. We will set up each cooler in the same manner with the radiator attached to the case and the fans blowing into the radiator. The water blocks will be mounted per the manufacturer’s instructions except that we will use Arctic Cooling MX-2 thermal paste (2019 Edition). We will also compare it to the Corsair H115i Platinum that we’ve been using on a test bench for the past 6 months for a frame of reference.

Installation

Mounting the Enermax LIQTECH II 360 was a straight forward exercise. It works on Intel and AMD Sockets. It came equipped with enough hardware to work with a variety of configurations including our Socket 2066 based platform. We used the included hardware to mount the fans onto the radiator, radiator on to the case, and then the water block on to the motherboard. When wiring up the water block, you must connect the RGB header and the pump power. The fans also must be wired up separately, but the cords were almost too short for us to use on our test rig. The included power splitter wire saved our bacon and gave us a bit more cord to work with.

David Schroth

David is a computer hardware enthusiast that has been tinkering with computer hardware for the past 25 years.

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5 Comments

  1. Very nice article.. Just a one minor criticism though:

    In the testing setup portion of the article, you mention the Corsair H115i Platinum, but don’t dive into any of the specifics of the model. I had to go look up what the cooler was, its dimensions, and its cost. Even when comparing a wide range of coolers in a round-up you’d have listings of specifications for each cooler.

    Looks like the 280mm cooler took the 360mm cooler to school. Maybe a 360mm vs 360mm comparison down the road now that you have 1 360mm in the database? :)

    Again, thank you for a very nice article and I look forward to more content down the road!

  2. Wow, the Corsair definitely schooled it with less of a radiator. Was surprised by those results.
  3. Very nice article.. Just a one minor criticism though:

    In the testing setup portion of the article, you mention the Corsair H115i Platinum, but don’t dive into any of the specifics of the model. I had to go look up what the cooler was, its dimensions, and its cost. Even when comparing a wide range of coolers in a round-up you’d have listings of specifications for each cooler.

    Looks like the 280mm cooler took the 360mm cooler to school. Maybe a 360mm vs 360mm comparison down the road now that you have 1 360mm in the database? :)

    Again, thank you for a very nice article and I look forward to more content down the road!

    Well, once I review the Corsair H115i Platinum, we’ll have all the specs listed for it, and that review can reference back to the Enermax LIQTECH :).

    Next up, I have a Silverstone 360mm, and it will be directly compared to these other two. As we gather data about each one, it’ll be included 1. where relevant in the reviews (though, we may not get into 50 item absurd chart range) and 2. In a way that you can explore data / compare models dynamically (which will have the 50 item absurd chart data behind it).

    You’ll see on the conclusion page that I’m also testing out a dynamic graphing plugin (still working to get our logo on it) – that will become an output target for the datasets for the #2 item assuming everything works magically as I think that it should.

    Wow, the Corsair definitely schooled it with less of a radiator. Was surprised by those results.

    I was surprised as well.

  4. Well, each individual review probably shouldn’t include 50+ samples to compare to, however, there was one site that did heatsink reviews and it would should ~10 coolers to compare them too (usually the newest ones, best one, etc… it compared to) however, it did have a chart that showed 50+ coolers all compared to each other. That was cool as heck to use and I used to use it all the time, but I can’t seem to find it anymore.

    edit
    I thought it was https://www.frostytech.com/ but they seem to be redoing the site and nothing is available anymore.

  5. Thanks David for all the hard work in getting these up and running. Really looking forward to your next round. Liquid cooling is something I’m always considering and taking note of both pump & noise is of major concern to me. The fact that AMD is not even bundling a cooler for their high end CPUs now paints a picture of whats needed the big monsters out there in either field.
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