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Enermax Liqtech 240 & Liqmax 120 CPU Cooler Review

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Posted June 5, 2014 by Kenny in Cooling

Overview

Hardware:
 
 
Price at time of Review: Enermax Liqtech 240 AIO - $109.99, Enermax Liqmax 120S AIO - $74.99. Both on Newegg.com
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Enermax Liqtech 240 AIO - Great Performance to cost Ratio, Aesthetically Pleasing, Enermax Liqmax 120S AIO - Good Performance, Unique Fan Features
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Enermax Liqmax 120S AIO - Installation hardware Oversight - missing installation washers
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Both Enermax Units performed as they were expected, the Liqtech 240 with a extra boost in aesthetic appeal gives Enermax a slight edge over other coolers on the market.
by Kenny
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Summary

To wrap things up, let’s first talk about the aesthetic appeal on both units. The Enermax Liqmax 120S unit didn’t have some of the fancy aesthetics like the Liqtech 240 AIO unit but it does come with a design that gets the job done. The Liqtech 240 shows its higher quality craftsmanship with an aluminum finish on the block/pump and an added heatsink to the side of the radiator. The anti-vibration grommets make for additional appeal while allowing the unit to work more silently.

Installation on the Liqtech 240 AIO unit went without complications and the instructions were easy to follow. With most modern cases designed to fit 240mm radiators in the recent years we find that installation is usually pretty easy. However, its always best to research your case before purchasing any cooling units that will need clearance for a 240mm radiator.

As for the Liqmax 120S unit, we did run into some slight hick ups with the locking nut against the motherboard. While this can be a total hit or miss depending on the type of motherboard you run, we feel that this was a complete oversight on Enermax’s part. A few plastic or paper washers will quickly solve the problem, but it would be nice if it was included from the beginning.

In terms of performance, we found that both units performed well. The Enermax Liqtech 240 AIO unit performed behind our Corsair H100i by a few degrees. The Liqmax 120S unit also performed well, and while it was not a top contender, it performed better than most of our other air coolers on the chart. The fans included are quite unique with a self adjusting switch for max fan speeds; this did help with lower noise levels. Overall, we found that with the higher fan speeds, even this unit out-performed the Corsair H100i in terms of performance to noise levels.

Summary

If you take into consideration the price of the Enermax liqtech 240 AIO CPU Cooling unit at $109.99 on newegg.com we get solid price to performance value. While it was not a king of all cooling units, it did the job and did it well. We honor the Enermax Liqtech 240 AIO CPU Cooler with the PureOverclock Great Hardware Award.

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As for the Enermax Liqmax 120S AIO APU Cooling unit, we found it for $74.99 on newegg.com. Combine this with the minor quibbles we had during installation, we honor the Enermax Liqmax 120S AIO CPU Cooler with the PureOverclock Good Hardware Award.

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