Enermax Aquafusion 360 review LCS

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Enermax Aquafusion 360(360mm)

It has been a while since we have tested an Enermax liquid cooling unit. The brand has seen some negative press based on issues in the past. The most recent products however should give them a clean slate. Let's check out how well they do with the Enermax Aquafusion 360mm. Last year they introduced their Enermax Aquafusion 360 moving away from the problems in the past.

Let me explain to you what happened. Back in 2018/2019 people started noticing performance issues with their LIQTECH coolers, especially the TR4 Threadipper ones all of the sudden started to behave weird. Once opening up the cooing block it became obvious there was an issue with clotted mass piling up. Typically this is the effect of using the wrong coolant in combination with LCS units that have a mix of copper and aluminum, which is bound to corrode if you do not use a matching coolant. It became a bit of a mess, literally. The story exploded (rightfully so) in the media. That however did dent the reputation of Enermax. They came back with an RMA program and released revision II of their product series, the problem had been solved. However, once you get stigmatized, it'll haunt you forever as for liquid cooling kits you need to be able to trust their faultless operation mindlessly. We haven't heard of any recent issues for a year or so now. And recently Enermax increased warranty for their LCS units towards 5 years in the USA, with the EU to follow soon.

For that sole reason alone we wanted to test some Enermax coolers again, as yes everybody does deserve a second chance and basically to see where they are in 2021 with their products. The problems we're quite confident are solved, but the question remains how good their products really are in cooling performance and acoustics, as to date you'll have seen very few reviews of the product we tested today for example.  Why is that important? Well, with the Aquafusion 360 Enermax brings a lot to the table really, you can spot the 360mm units for only 115 EUR/USD and armed with a 380W cooling capacity, ARGB, and an ARGB controller that could mean a lot of value for money. AQUAFUSION is also available with a compact 120mm radiator with 300W TDP cooling capacity, a 240mm radiator with 360W TDP cooling capacity, and a 360mm radiator with 380W TDP cooling capacity.

With a pump and radiator, ship pressure tested, pre-filled, and sealed directly from the factory to provide maintenance-free operation for years, it all sounds good. This ease of use extends to its support of the latest Intel and AMD sockets, including the latest Intel LGA 1155/1156/1200/2011 and AMD AM3/AM4 sockets, but not threadripper. The series is equipped with a high-density water microchannel and copper finish block to offer efficient thermal conduct along with an Aluminum fin to maximize its cooling performance. Fan replacement is available with the standard built-in mounting holes. 

New in the series is a notch of aRGB seated at the aluminum top of the pump unit. The lighting can be adjusted, either with a small included controller or via a 5 V ARGB header on the motherboard to sync it all up. But let's head onward to the next page and startup the review.



Model ELC-AQF360-SQA
Socket Intel LGA 1200/2066/2011-3/2011/1366/1156/1155/1151/1150AMD® AM4/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2/FM2+/FM2/FM1
TDP (W) 380W
Baseplate Copper
Radiator Aluminum
Dimensions 394 x 120 x 27 mm
Pump bearing Ceramic Bearing
Pump MTBF 50,000 hrs
Pump (V) 12V
Pump (A) 0.7A
FAN (MM) 120 x 120 x 26 mm
FAN (RPM) 500-2000 rpm
FAN (V) 12V
FAN airflow (CFM) 39~79.8 CFM
FAN Static Pressure  (MM-H2O) 0.67~3.6 mm-H2O
FAN (A) 0.38A
FAN RGB LED (A) 0.68A (5V)
FAN (DBA) 17~32.6 dBA
FAN MTTF (HOURS) 100,000 hrs
FAN Connector 4 Pin PWM + 3 Pin RGB (W/ extension adapter)

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