Enermax Liqtech 120X Review
Published by Hiwa Pouri on 08.04.14 (13022 reads)
Enermax, famous for its quality PSU and recently, PC cases and Fans and Aicoolers, have been also making quite a push in the All-in-One water cooling market and some of its Aircoolings have been quite impressive. Today, we are looking at the latest Enermax Liqtech series AIO water cooler which stands out with its impressive manufacturing quality. We will certainly try to find out if it has what it takes to compete in the quite crowded AIO water cooling market.
Today we have a pleasure to check out Enermax's Liqtech 120X compact liquid cooling system, which, according to Enermax, should be compatible even with smaller cases and tighter spaces thanks to its 153mm tall and 43mm thick 120mm radiator. The special 120mm radiator on the Liqtech 120X is slightly higher than normal 120mm radiator, which should guaranty a better performance while kink-resistant tubing should help with routing in smaller cases and tighter spaces. Overall this cooler is very well made and it looks nice and clean. The most unique feature about this cooler is probably its color, as it features matte Black with Red accents which is something we have not seen with this type of cooler before. The build quality is also on a really high level. The bundle includes two 120mm PWM fans and on the back of each fan you will find a really nice feature, a little switch that lets you choose the maximum rotation speeds of the rotor. The settings you can choose from are: Silent mode 600 to 1300 rpm, Performance mode 600 to 2000 rpm or Overclock mode 600 to 2500 rpm. Mounting system supports most, if not all, recent Intel and AMD socket CPUs.
The Liqtech 120X is actually Enermax's new liquid cooler design which is not based on Asetek design, The Liqtech 120X is designed and manufactured by AVC, just like the previous ELC series.
As you can see from the picture as well as we could see from our first look, the manufacturing quality of the Liqtech 120X is really impressive. Enermax decided to go for high quality materials, making the Liqtech 120X look and feel much better than their former ELC series. It packs a 120 x 43mm radiator made from aluminium, features a copper coldplate as well as high-quality ceramic bearing pump which should be inaudible. To be precise the dimensions of the Liqtech 120X are 120mm x 153mm x 43mm (WxHxD). Although the radiator design is completly different, the aforementioned dimensions are used in order for it to have the best peroformance for overclockers and when the CPU under load. Enermax has also decided to use the new, and quite good looking, design for the pump/base part. The fans also come with a new design that works quite well with the rest of the Liqtech 120X AIO cooler. Enermax decided to pair the Liqtech 120X with two 120x25mm LT120HP fans, which are definitely high-quality looking fans.
The packaging is quite standard for an all-in-one water cooling setup as you get the AIO unit, two fans, manual and the mounting kit. Enermax bundles the Liqtech 120X with two mounting kits, one for AMD and one for Intel-based systems, as well as a backplate which is compatible with both AMD and Intel sockets. Enermax also threw in a Y-split fan cable and some Dow Corning TC-5121thermal paste in a small tube, making the installation quite a breeze even for an average computer user.
Enermax has a two year warranty backing the Liqtech 120X AIO water cooler.