Performance has been tested using Intel Coffee Lake platform which contains the i7-8086K processor. It’s a 95W TDP processor but its maximum wattage is much higher. It’s still specified to generate about as much heat as other i7 processors from Intel’s 7th and 8th generation.
There are three test results. The idle result is without any special load, and only some Windows services running in the background. The mixed load is a load based on quite long PCMark 10 benchmark. It uses popular home and office applications so it’s not forcing the CPU to run at maximum load but show a typical daily load of a PC. The maximum load results were achieved in AIDA64 stability test which is testing processor on all available threads. It’s about what we can expect during really high tasks but most users won’t ever see so high load on their computers.
In comparison, we have a couple of popular coolers. There are a tower series air cooling and AIO coolers with 120, 240 and 280mm radiators.
During the tests, the ambient temperature was about 23-24°C. All coolers were running at auto fan settings, with fans plugged to PWM connectors.
As we can see in our results, Enermax LIQFUSION 240 is performing well. It’s slightly better than the Deepcool Captain which has similar radiator design. Looks like fans are making the difference in this case. The LIQFUSION is also a bit worse than the Alphacool and CRYORIG AIO but both of the competitive coolers are using 280mm radiators. I think that the difference is not so big. 2-3°C worse result is still acceptable considering smaller radiator. At the same time generated noise was at about the same level for all 240 and 280 AIO coolers. Louder and worse performing was only Corsair H80i v2 cooler.
Considering our results, I think that Enermax LIQFUSION 240 performs great and all users should be satisfied. It’s also one of not so many AIO coolers available with RGB lighting. Of course, this is changing and I bet that competition will release new products soon.
For now, Enermax LIQFUSION 240 is clearly worth recommendation if we are looking for a good cooler with additional lighting.