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.
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.