Conclusion

We tested the Enermax LIQTECH II 360 AIO CPU Cooler using our AIO test platform that sports an Intel 10980XE processor. When we started our adventure, we wanted to test the claim of being able to dissipate “500W+” of heat and our test bench certainly delivered that when its 18 cores were clocked to 4.7GHz. We’ll recap the performance below and conclude whether the claim has been validated.

Summary of Temperatures

The Enermax LIQTECH II 360 was able to operate at its quietest configuration and maintain a temperature of 68 degrees Celsius with our test bench running at stock clocks. As we increased the overclock, we had to increase fan speed to prevent the CPU from thermally throttling. Ultimately, it was successful in taming the Intel 10980XE that was driving 500W through it, although, at 95 degrees Celsius its not a temperature that we would want to maintain on a day to day basis.

Summary of Sound Levels

At its slowest and quietest settings, the Enermax LIQTECH II 360 blended in with the ambient room sound levels and we could not hear a thing. Moving up between 1000 and 1500 RPM, it became a bit more audible, but not obnoxious. At its maximum fan speed, 2250 RPM, it made a significant amount of noise while doing its job.

Final Points

Looking back at when I first saw the Enermax LIQTECH II 360 box along with its claim of being able to dissipate 500W+ of heat, we had it hold our beer so we could adjust our methodology to properly test that claim. After putting it through our gauntlet, we believe to have validated the claim of it being able to handle 500W+ of heat, though, I’m not so sure how we would fare at 525W. It is currently available for $116 in e-tail which represents a great value for the dollar. If you’re in the market for a 360mm AIO solution, the Enermax LIQTECH II 360 should be on your shortlist.

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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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