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ARCTIC debuts its first all-in-one liquid CPU coolers

by Mark Tyson on 5 November 2015, 10:10

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ARCTIC has been in the PC cooling business since 2001. Now it has made the significant step of introducing the first all-in-one CPU liquid coolers to its product portfolio. It introduced its first liquid coolers for graphics cards not long ago. A pair of liquid coolers, the Liquid Freezer 120 and Liquid Freezer 240, have now been launched and have become immediately available.

For its debut products in this niche ARCTIC has bold claims. The firm says that the Liquid Freezer 120 and Liquid Freezer 240 are "not only the quietest but also the most powerful all-in-one coolers of their class". The coolers are said to be future proofed for overclocked CPUs with up to 16 cores and can comfortably deal with up to 300 watts TDP (250 watts for the Liquid Freezer 120).

Looking at the hardware employed in these products ARCTIC's pump consumes 2 watts and works in concert with a concentric CNC finished copper block contact surface. Both coolers use ARCTIC F12 fluid dynamic bearing fans to "offer the highest airflow at a given noise level". With the Liquid Freezer 120 there are two such fans in a push-pull configuration either side of the radiator, the Liquid Freezer 240 doubles everything up - with its 240mm radiator and 4x fans. The F12 fans promise a long service life.

The ARCTIC Liquid Freezer coolers work with both modern Intel and AMD sockets. ARCTIC supplies both styles of fittings in the box with all the necessary bolts, washers, standoffs and a packet of MX-4 thermal compound.

The RRPs of the two new AiO CPU coolers is as follows;

  • Liquid Freezer 120: £71.99
  • Liquid Freezer 240: £92.99

You can already save a bit of cash on those RRPs, even with shipping included. Directly from the ARCTIC product pages you can get the Liquid Freezer 120 for £60.99 and the Liquid Freezer 240 for exactly £70 (plus £8.73 shipping in either case). Your purchase will be backed by a two year warranty.



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(Disclaimer: when it comes to AIO H20 coolers I'm a total n00b, so apologies if anything I'm about to say is naive/daft.)

I'm considering an AIO for my next (re)build and Corsair's are front-and-centre in my thoughts. However, I'm wondering if Arctic are being a bit crafty by picking the non “i” models of the Corsair range - where the user can control the fan speed and therefore the noise level?

The other thing is the warranty - Corsair seem to offer a five year warranty on the models I've looked at, yet Arctic are pleased with their mere two-year “limited” warranty?

Only things I can see in Arctic's favour are the cheaper price (£30 less than the Corsair 100 series models) and perhaps that Arctic's pump won't be as vocal as Corsairs reputedly is (at least according to all the reviews I've read so far).

By the way, is it normal that adding a second fan and doubling the length of the radiator doesn't make much of a difference to an AIO's performance? According to the spec's the LF-240 can only cope with a 50W TDP increase over the LF-120, which seems a bit low to me.
Got a H50 from Corsair and it's about 3 years old - can't hear the pump at all and hardly hear the fan to be fair. i7 920 run at stock. I do like the AIO h20 coolers for noise
3dcandy
Got a H50 from Corsair and it's about 3 years old - can't hear the pump at all and hardly hear the fan to be fair. i7 920 run at stock. I do like the AIO h20 coolers for noise
Good to know - but it's the H100 series I've been looking at (dual 120mm fans), comments like:
Hexus
Our noise readings suggest that Corsair's H100i GTX is one of the quieter liquid coolers, but we feel the numbers in this case don't paint an entirely accurate picture, as the Hydro Series pump seemed noisier than our noise meter is letting on.

A quick online search reveals that pump noise is proving problematic, and this is irrespective of whether it's run using the quiet or performance profiles available in the Link software. The H100i GTX is too vocal for our own personal liking, and with our quiet test platform touting solid-state storage and a graphics card whose fans turn off at idle, the addition of a 2,800rpm pump feels counterproductive.
Interesting also that, in the course of my research, it looks like a top of the line air cooler - like the Noctua NH-D15 with dual fans - can pretty much match these AIO's for cooling performance. However, I'll be the first to admit (I'm a happy NH-D14 owner) that the Noctua is a big lump o' metal and a royal pain to have to work around as a result - I'm very sure that a Hydro H100i GTX (or this Arctic cooler) would be a lot more “discrete”. ;)
Probably… but I do like them once set up. Yeah I guess that perhaps the bigger models have noisier pumps there has giot to be a trade-off somehow. I was very careful with my setup - my pc is rack mounted (music rack) and is inaudible now if I have to record some quick vocals ;)
I have the Corsair H100i and I have to say that the cooling is great.

The bundled fans are very noisy on boot up but are acceptably quiet once you up and running with normal use. Gaming loads produce more fan noise. I have bought a couple of 120mm EK Vardar F4 high static pressure fans which I'm going to put in instead which should solve the fan noise.

The pump noise is noticable for me but as I have a very enclosed office space I can accept that. If I move the PC to an open room the noise barely registers at all.

Where I think Corsair have dropped the ball is the bundled software…I've had nothing but trouble with and I can tell from searching the web that I'm not the only one. I recommend that if you go for Corsair save the money, get a non-i version and use that ASUS fan controller.

If you want any further info PM me. Edit: Or I'll post it here…sorry I'm having one of those days.

crossy
- I'm very sure that a Hydro H100i GTX (or this Arctic cooler) would be a lot more “discrete”. ;)

Depends…I moved mine from a “large” Lancool to a “small” LianLi and had no problems but I know that there are a lot of “small” cases where the 240 rad is a right pita…and those hoses are not very flexible.