Normal liquid cooling systems have components that rest outside of a desktop case, like water or other coolant reservoirs, but Enermax has introduced three models belonging to the other kind.
And by “other kind” we mean closed-loop liquid coolers
, which have the radiator and pumps sealed into one cohesive whole.
Essentially, they are CPU liquid coolers that install and work in the same manner as air coolers.
The names of the newcomers are ELC120-TB, ELC120-TA and ELC240. The first two are identical except for the fact that the TA model has LED fans.
The third is large enough to support two T.B.Apollish LED fans, complete with range adjustment and multiple RPM modes (rotations per minute).
The silent mode keeps the fans under 1,500 RPM, the normal maintains a good balance between speed and silence and the Overclock mode pushed the rotary speed to 2,200 RPM.
The real performance of the coolers comes from the micro-fin design and the coolant though. As Enermax explains it, the liquid flow is maximized and hot spots can easily be eliminated.
“According to the fluid mechanical theory of the “Boundary Layer”, a part of the liquid will form a continuously growing laminar flow layer on the metal fins that massively obstructs the heat dissipation. By adding four shunt channels, Enermax successfully prevents the formation of the boundary layer and enhances the liquid flow inside the cool plate. Hot Spots can be eliminated much more effective,” the company says.
The only possible pitfall of the closed-loop coolers is that the liquid may evaporate over time. Fortunately, the newcomers have seamless tubes made of FEP (Fluorinated ethylene propylene), very resistant yet flexible.
will ship, in Europe, starting next week, for 89.90 Euro and 119.90 Euro, respectively. That's $89.90-116.72 to $119.90-155 in the US. November will bring the Enermax
ELC125, with a thicker radiator.