new definition of liquid cooling
PRESS INFORMATION
Enermax enters the liquid cooler market
NEW DEFINITION OF LIQUID COOLING
COOLING BY ENERMAX – The Evolution Goes on!
After the first steps into the cooling market with the Warp fan in 2006, Enermax has successfully built up a
first-rate reputation by introducing innovative technologies and setting new benchmarks in terms of quality and
performance. In 2008, the manufacturer revealed the patented Twister bearing, ensuring a frictionless, silent
and durable fan operation. Since that time, Enermax fans belong to the bestsellers in Europe. The next stage of
evolution has been the launch of the first Enermax CPU coolers in 2011. With the ETS-T40 and ETD-T60 series,
the manufacturer broke quickly into this new market section. First-class quality, imaginative design and outstanding cooling performance at an affordable price – the Enermax coolers are the first choice for the latest AMD®
and Intel® CPUs. Now, the manufacturer takes another step forward and presents his first liquid coolers: Three
models, ELC120-TB, ELC120-TA and ELC240 will be available for sale from the end of September 2012. A further
high-performance model with thicker radiator (ELC125) will come in the end of November 2012.
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2011
Warp
Twister Bearing fans
ETS-T40/ETD-T60 Series
2012
ELC-series
WHY ARE LIQUID COOLERS COOLER?
Conventional CPU air coolers have always been the most
PERFORMANCE
cost-effective way to cool down processors. But because
of new technologies, like e.g. the Intel® Turbo Boost,
ELC120
the CPUs become hotter. During simple computing processes, the CPUs of today are working economically and
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efficiently. Though as soon as the user switches to more
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complex applications such as gaming, 3D rendering,
video cut or scientific computing, the CPU will automatically fully utilize or even overclock certain cores. Quickly
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emerging hot spots are the consequence. In this situation air coolers reach their limit. According to its physical structure water can quickly dissipate much more heat
than air. Therefore, liquid coolers are the best choice for powerful PC systems. Imagine an everyday situation:
You have burnt your finger. What will you do to ease the pain? Cool it with a high-speed blower or immerse it
in cold water?
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WATER COOLING BY ENERMAX
Enermax engineers spent almost two years to develop a product that offers
the best cooling performance and corresponds to the end users’ needs. To
realize the creative ideas and the innovative design of the premiere liquid
coolers, Enermax cooperates with a newcomer in retail cooling market
who has been focusing on the production of industrial cooling solution
until now. With his know-how and experience, the new vendor ensures premium quality and maximum durability of the forthcoming Enermax
products: ELC120 and ELC240 ring in a new era of liquid water cooling.
QUAD-SHUNT CHANNELS
80 per cent of the performance of liquid coolers is determined by the quality and design of the copper cold
plate. Common liquid coolers in the market use a “micro-fin” structure. It has been proven as an efficient way
to dissipate the heat by the liquid coolant.
But according to the fluid mechanical theory of the “Boundary Layer”, the micro-fin design still contains a
certain performance restriction: When the coolant enters the micro-fin channels, a part of the liquid will form
a continuously growing laminar flow layer on the metal fins. It will obstruct the passage through the fins and
alloy the heat dissipation. To compensate this effect, the pump has to run faster and push more coolant into the
water block.
Under the guidance of Dr. James Huang, Vice-president of the Thermal Division, Enermax engineers have found
the clue. They successfully improved the cold plate design by adding four shunt channels. At the right position,
these shunts prevent the formation of a boundary layer. The coolant can absorb more heat and the cooler achieves a much better cooling performance.
Apart from that, Enermax successfully enhances the liquid flow inside the cold plate: Without the “Boundary
Layer” obstacle, the heated coolant gains space to leave the hot spot area much quicker. More cool liquid can
be pushed through the fins.
MICRO-FIN STRUCTURE
When the coolant enters the
micro-fin channels, a part of
the liquid will form a continuously growing laminar flow
layer on the metal fins. It will
obstruct the passage through
the fins and alloy the heat
dissipation.
Quad Core CPU
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O B S T R U C T E D
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Core 1/3/4 in idle mode remain cool.
Core 2 in turbo mode generates hot spot.
MICRO-FIN STRUCTURE WITH SHUNT CHANNELS
The clue: The cold plate design
has been improved by adding
four shunt channels. At the
right position, these shunts
minimize the boundary layer
effect. The coolant can absorb
more heat and the cooler
achieves a much better cooling
performance.
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Quad Core CPU
Core 1/3/4 in idle mode remain cool.
Core 2 in turbo mode generates hot spot.
COPPER MICRO FIN
FLOW DIRECTION
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COOLANT
BOUNDARY LAYER
CUSTOMIZED COOLING
To achieve the maximum cooling performance, the fans of liquid coolers run with a higher speed and accordingly generate more noise. But depending on the system configuration and load, it is not always necessary to
speed the fans up to the limit. Therefore, Enermax has invented a special 3-mode PWM control. With a small
switch at the fan back, users can choose the adequate cooling mode for their system.
SILENT TWISTER COOLING
Enermax delivers the liquid coolers with the very popular Twister bearing fans. The functional principle of the
patented bearing technology is quite simple: Magnetic force keeps the fan blades on the shaft. Between the
shaft and the bearing base exists only a small point of contact, so that the fan runs smooth and almost frictionless. The bearing sleeve is lifetime-lubricated and protects against abrasion. That way, Enermax guarantees
long-lasting operation of minimum 100,000 hours MTBF and a persistently silent fan rotation.
Twister Bearing Technology (patented)
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Persistent low noise level
Batwing Blades
provide up to 20% higher air flow
Longer life: up to 100,000 hours MTBF
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Minimal contact area
For an effective noise reduction
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Click-Mechanism
Detachable blades for easy cleaning
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Lubricated bearing sleeve
Abrasion protection for a longer lifetime
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Magnet ring
Smooth and frictionless operation.
QUALITY MANUFACTURING & COOL DESIGN
Enermax initially introduces two different series: The ELC120 series is designed to support mid-range PC as well
as more powerful gaming systems. Two different versions are available: The ELC120-TA is equipped with two
blue T.B.Apollish LED fans while the second model ELC120-TB comes with two of the bestselling T.B.Silence
fans. If more cooling performance is required, e.g. for overclocking or multi-GPU systems, Enermax presents
two models with more efficient and bigger radiators: While the ELC240 is provided with a longer 240mm
radiator, the ELC125 offers a standard 120mm design with a 16mm thicker radiator (48mm instead of 32mm).
Both versions are delivered with two 12cm T.B.Silence fans.
ELC120-TB
ELC120-TA
ELC240
USER-FRIENDLY ALL-IN-ONE-SYSTEM
The Enermax all-in-one liquid cooler is prefilled with coolant to guarantee a maintenance-free operation. The
tube system has just four joints that are sealed and tested also under extreme conditions. Apart from that,
the manufacturer relies on a seamless tube made from FEP (Fluorinated ethylene propylene), a material that
avoids the evaporation of liquid. The pump is based on a high-quality and durable ceramic bearing. No doubt,
Enermax liquid coolers are designed for a reliable and leakage-free operation over long years.
The comfortable mounting system supports all current AMD® and Intel® sockets. To ensure the best possible
heat transfer between the CPU and the cooler, the cold plate comes with a pre-applied layer of thermal grease.
Ceramic Bearing pump for
noiseless operation
Ceramic Bearing pump
for longer life
Non-permeable FEP
tubes
User-friendly brackets for
AMD® & Intel® sockets
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Perfect contact force
COMPARISON: Air Cooling vs. Liquid Cooling
Air Cooling Advantage
1. No leakage concerns
2. Low initial and operation costs
Liquid Cooling Advantage
1 Great hot spot killer > best choice for high-end CPU
2 High cooling density
3 High heat transfer coefficient (high thermal conductivity)
4 Quick heat dissipation
Air Cooling Disadvantage
1 Longer passage for heat dissipation
2 Poor hot spot elimination
Liquid Cooling Disadvantage
1 Higher manufacturing costs
2 Complicated installation*
3 Leakage concerns*
4 Steady maintenance and need to re-fill coolant*
* Not relevant for all-in-one systems like the new Enermax ELC120, ELC125 and ELC240.
ENERMAX ELC120 – SPECIFICATIONS
ELC120
Cold Plate
Pump
Radiator
Tube
Material
Bearing
MTBF
Motor Speed
Rated Voltage
Rated Current
Dimension
Material
Material
Length
Weight (w/o fan)
Bracket
Compatibility
Dimension
Bearing
MTBF
Rated Voltage
Rated Current
Connector
Fan
Speed (RPM)
Air Flow (CFM)
Air Flow (m³/h)
Static Pressure
(mm-H2O)
Noise Level (dBA)
LED
Copper
Ceramic Bearing
50,000 hours
2200 rpm
12 V
0.45 A (Average 0.34 A)
151 x 120 x 32 mm
Aluminium
FEP
315 mm
495 g
Intel® LGA 775/1155/1156/1366/2011,
AMD® AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1
120 x 120 x 25 mm
Twister Bearing
100,000 hours
12 V
0.45 A (Average 0.25 A)
4 pin PWM
ELC120-TA
Silent Mode
Performance Mode
Overclock Mode
800 ~ 1500
800 ~ 1800
800 ~ 2200
33.3 ~ 63.3
33.3 ~ 76.0
33.3 ~ 92.9
56.5 ~ 107.5
56.5 ~ 129.1
56.5 ~ 157.8
1.0 ~ 1.7
1.0 ~ 2.3
1.0 ~ 3.4
18.5 ~ 25.5
18.5 ~ 29.4
Blue
18.5 ~ 32.8
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ELC120-TB
Silent Mode
Performance Mode
Speed (RPM)
Fan
37.6 ~ 71.3
63.9 ~ 121.1
800 ~ 1800
37.6 ~ 86.7
63.9 ~ 147.3
800 ~ 2200
37.6 ~ 105.9
63.9 ~ 180.0
0.7 ~ 1.7
0.7 ~ 2.4
0.7 ~ 3.6
800 ~ 1500
Air Flow (CFM)
Air Flow (m³/h)
Static Pressure
(mm-H2O)
Noise Level (dBA)
17.3 ~ 28.3
2 years
October 2012
€ 89,90
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Warranty
Availability EU
MSRP
Overclock Mode
17.3 ~ 24.3
17.3 ~ 31.2
ENERMAX ELC240 – SPECIFICATIONS
ELC240
Cold Plate
Pump
Radiator
Tube
Material
Bearing
MTBF
Motor Speed
Rated Voltage
Rated Current
Dimension
Material
Material
Length
Weight (w/o fan)
Bracket
Compatibility
Dimension
Bearing
MTBF
Fan
Speed (RPM)
Air Flow (CFM)
Air Flow (m³/h)
Static Pressure
(mm-H2O)
Noise Level (dBA)
Rated Voltage
Rated Current
Connector
Warranty
Availability EU
MSRP
Copper
Ceramic Bearing
50,000 hours
2200 rpm
12 V
0.45 A (Average 0.34 A)
270 x 120 x 32 mm
Aluminium
FEP
315 mm
635 g
Intel® LGA 775/1155/1156/1366/2011,
AMD® AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1
120 x 120 x 25 mm
Twister Bearing
100,000 hours
Silent Mode
Performance Mode
Overclock Mode
800 ~ 1500
800 ~ 1800
800 ~ 2200
37.6 ~ 71.3
37.6 ~ 86.7
37.6 ~ 105.9
63.9 ~ 121.1
63.9 ~ 147.3
63.9 ~ 180.0
0.7 ~ 1.7
0.7 ~ 2.4
0.7 ~ 3.6
17.3 ~ 24.3
17.3 ~ 28.3
12 V
17.3 ~ 31.2
0.45 A (Average 0.25 A)
4 pin PWM
5 years
October 2012
€ 119,90
WWW.ENERMAX.CO.UK/ELC240
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