Enermax Liqtech 120X Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Cooling/Water Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2014-03-04

Enermax is trying to establish a position in the All in One market, however battling against the big names alike Corsair with a very diverse gamma is not an easy mission to accomplish. Though Enermax is back with two new products: the Liqtech and Liqmax series, the former is the high end version, sporting a thick 120 radiator or large 240 radiator and an aluminum waterblock. The Liqmax is the more budget friendly 120mm radiator version available in a single or push and pull configuration. Enermax tries to step away from the others with some nifty features to enhance the cooling performance; secondly the aesthetics of the today reviewed Liqtech 120X have been seriously overhauled.

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The Dual fan configured Liqtech 120X comes in a ROG themed cardboard box; maybe Enermax wants to highlight the gaming related color scheme of their latest high end All in One watercooling kit. Who can ignore the fact that Black and Red is a winning combination ?





Everything is carefully packed from the Pump unit and the radiator, to the two 120mm Fans and mounting mechanism. The pump design features an aluminum water block for better heat transfer at a low noise rate. Very nice craftmanship to see the Enermax brand name and logo being highlighted in the alu finned top.




On the inside Enermax claims their patented Shunt-Channel-Technology ( SCT) boosts thermal conductivity and eliminates any heat surge. What it all boils down to is that the liquid flow is able to distribute the generated heat in a more evenly and efficient manner. The copper cold plate has received a precise micro-channel design to enlarge the cooling surface.






The pump utilizes a ceramic bearing with an estimated MTBF of 50,000 hours; long life assured as this is over 5 years of hassle free operation. The flexible Polyamide (PA) tubing is non-permeable and allows thanks to the swivelling points on the pump house for easy installation. The length of the PA tubing is measured at 310mm, similar to the competitor's offerings. Below is a closeup of the copper cold plate.



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