Liqtech 120X Review
We have already tested the Liqtech 240 couple weeks ago and today we are going to have a look at it’s little brother Liqtech 120X. This smaller AIO cooler is one of the 120mm family AIO coolers which are very popular on the market these days. Enermax is giving us an option to go with push/pull configuration and at the same time adjust the maximum rpm directly on the fan rotor (1300/2000/2500rpm).
Included in the delivery
- Liqtech 120 Liquid Cooler (ELC-LT120X-HP)
- 2x High Pressure Twister Fans
- 1x Universal Back Plate for Intel® and AMD®
- 4x Spacers
- 2x Intel® Clip
- 2x AMD® Clip
- 4x Intel® LGA 2011 Screws
- 1x Square Spacer for Intel® LGA 775 socket
- 4x Insulating Sheet for AMD® sockets
- 4x Position Screw
- 4x Spring Screws
- 8x Fan Screws
- 8x Case Screws
- 1x Dow-Corning® Thermal Grease (TC-5121)
- 1x PWM Fan Y-Cable
The radiator structure provides a seamless contact area and increases the heat dissipation speed. Two red rubber stripes on both sides of the radiator are reducing the fan vibrations. Radiator is very stable and massive fins are very resistant against bending.
The build quality of radiator is excellent and has same fin density as its bigger brother Liqtech240 with approx. 12-13 FPI (fin per inch).
High-quality aluminium water block with long-lasting ceramic bearing pump has it’s own cooling fins on top of it for better heat dissipation The logo will light blue after you start the system. The contact area is perfectly polished with flat surface. You can use Intel or AMD mount clips. There are very thin fins inside of the CPU block for optimal heat transportation. Water flows with high pressure through the copper fins to bring the heat away as fast as possible.
Back-plate for CPU mounting is universal. And assembly process was very easy. For silent fan operation just pull the switch on rotor to lowest rpm position.
Mounting System supports all Intel and AMD CPU: Intel® 775/1150/1155/1156/1366/2011 and AMD® AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1/FM2. High-quality tubes made of rubber guarantee a non-permeable and long-lasting operation combined with great flexibility. The fittings that connects tubes with CPU block are rotational, so you can even change direction of tubing from CPU block for over 45°. Enermax uses Dow-Corning® thermal grease (TC-5121).
Liqtech 120X Specifications
To ensure that the results from one review to another are comparable, the Testing Methodology will be the same throughout all reviews, otherwise we will make a note if somethings changed and keep it separately from other results.
All testing was done on test Bench-table with a room ambient temperature of 22- 23°C and if temperature changes we will add delta T °C to the results.
Before testing we run 10 minutes of Prime95 followed by 30 minutes of idling. This warm up period was done at stock CPU core frequency.
For noise testing we are using fanless PSU and we don’t use any graphics card. We mostly do fan noise test over night so we have our room as silent as possible.
We take values at IDLE and full load – where all fans run at their maximum speed.
Testing system :
For testing we used OCCT software and between each test we left the PC at least 15 minutes to rest so that the temperature went back to the IDLE state. Followed by overclocking with help of Easy Tune Software. Each test lasted for 15 minutes. If the temperature of any CPU core exceeded 85°C the test was automatically turned off and the value of the results we have marked as “failed”. The resulting temperature in the tables are the average temperature of all cores. The results of the tests are influenced by many factors such as: the amount of thermal paste, pressure between the processor and CPU block, humidity, thermal conductivity of thermal paste, etc.. Therefore this results should be considered as indicative only.
For this test we use it’s own thermal paste provided by manufacturer.
*(lower is better)
According to the motto – Keep it simple, cool and silent, the Enermax Liqtech 120X as well as its bigger brother Liqtech 240 will not disappoint any user. There are many details which catches our eye, for example nice flexible rubber tubing, heat sink on top of the pump, even the LED light, which we would like it has stronger intensity and maybe other color combination options. We recommend to adjust the fan speed before you mount the fans on radiator, or you will fall into the same trap as we did, when we realized we need the maximum rpm and had to dismount it again just to pull the rpm switch. Instructions manual was easy to understand so you should have no difficulties at all.
Very silent pump
Adjustable max. fan speed