Enermax LIQMAX III aRGB 240mm review

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Enermax LIQMAXX III ARGB (240mm)

It has been a while since we have tested an Enermax liquid cooling units. The brand has seen some negative press based on issues in the past. The most recent products however should give them a clean slate. In this review, we test the LIQMAX III aRGB with a 240mm radiator. This liquid cooling kit has got a bit of a reputation based on its first revision. We're now at iteration III, and check out the 240mm model armed with some aRGB but overall offering very decent performance in the 65 EUR/USD marker. Let's check out how well they do.

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?

the LIQMAXX III ARGB actually brings quite a hit to the table, priced at only 75 USD/ EUR you'll receive a product that might not be perfect, but certainly offering good cooling performance for that money rated at 330 WATTS. And with aRGB it doesn't look half bad either. 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. 


Technical Specifications
Intel® compatible Sockets LGA 1200, LGA 115x, 1366, 2011(-3) Square ILM, 2066
AMD® compatible Sockets FM1, FM2(+), AM2(+), AM3(+), AM4
Cold Plate Material Copper
Weight without Fan 0.795 kg 0.968 kg
Thickness including Fan 53mm
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 330W 360W
Thermal Grease Dow Corning® TC-5121 2g
RGB Controller
RGB Sync. Connector 3 pin ARGB (5V/Data/-/GND)
RGB Sync. Compatibility Asus, Asrock, MSI, Gigabyte, Razer Chroma (with Asrock and MSI mainboards)
Lighting Modes ? Racing-Rainbow (Default), Breathing-Rainbow, Flash-Rainbow, Overlaying-Rainbow, Flow-Rainbow, Colors auto-run (8 colors), Ripple auto-run (8 colors), Overlaying-RED, Overlaying-GREEN, Overlaying-BLUE
Power Connector ? SATA Power
Max. Current ? 3A
Bearing Type Ceramic bearing
MTBF 50,000h
Motor Speed 3.100RPM
Rated Voltage 12V
Rated Current 0.4A [or 0.53A if not connected to 4 pin RGB connector (5V/D/-/G)]
LED Type WS2812B addressable RGB
Rated Current LED 0.18A
Pump Power Connector 3 pin
Dimensions 274 x 120x 27mm 394 x 120x 27mm
Material Aluminum
Length 400mm
Material Rubber (Polyamide)
Fan Model Dual-Convex aRGB Fan
Bearing Type ?
MTBF 50,000h
Fan Dimensions 120 x 120 x 25mm
Fan Speed 500 ? 1,600RPM
Rated Voltage Fan 12V
Rated Current Fan 0.17 A
Rated Voltage LED 5V
Rated Current LED 0.36 A
Fan Power Connector 4 pin PWM (GND/12V/Tacho/PWM)
Quantity 2 3
Noise Level 14 ? 27dB(A)
Air Flow 22.5 ? 72.1CFM
Static Pressure 0.2 ? 1.98mm-H2O
Included in the delivery Liquid cooler, 2x 12 cm Dual-Convex aRGB PWM fan, universal mounting kit for Intel® and AMD® sockets, Dow-Corning® Thermal Grease (TC-5121), PWM fan Y-cable, RGB sync cable, SATA power cable, SATA to 4-pin PWM power cable, installation guide Liquid cooler, 3x 12 cm Dual-Convex aRGB PWM fan, universal mounting kit for Intel® and AMD® sockets, Dow-Corning® Thermal Grease (TC-5121), PWM fan 3x Y-cable, RGB control box, RGB sync cable, SATA power cable, SATA to 4-pin PWM power cable, installation guide

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