ARCTIC LIQUID FREEZER 240 review and test

ARCTIC LIQUID FREEZER 240 review and test

Today we will tell you about the model LIQUID FREEZER 240, which, as you’ve probably guessed, is different from the previous size of the radiator. These models are based on the developments of the company Asetek. We remind you that the main feature of their most unique is that the radiators of cooling systems have an increased thickness, which is the case with LIQUID FREEZER 240 is 38 mm. Not so long ago ARTIC announced another LSS – ARTIC LIQUID FREEZER 360 which komplektuyuetsya six 120-mm fan and radiator has an actual length of 390 mm. Unlike previous models, the thickness of the longest in the line of LSS is the standard 27 mm.

We will not drag and quickly move on to the study of the characteristics of the cooling system provided to us, because the results, given the way proved LIQUID FREEZER 120, should be extremely curious.

ARCTIC LIQUID FREEZER 240 review and test

LIQUID FREEZER 240: PACKAGING, EQUIPMENT AND APPEARANCE

The type and design of the packaging model similar LIQUID FREEZER 120 – a cardboard box, on the faces which are detailed specifications and features of the product supplied.

Inside the box the whole set postavlemy securely fixed. Each major element is packed in an individual plastic bag.

Options LIQUID FREEZER 240 consists of maintenance free liquid cooling system LIQUID FREEZER 240, four 120 mm fans Mounting Kit for Intel and AMD platforms, 4 ties for fixing and routing of cables, single package with a proprietary thermal interface MX-4 and documentation.

ARCTIC LIQUID FREEZER 240 is based on the development of the company Asetek, or to be more precise, on the 570LX Extreme model. As mentioned above, the feature most similar LSS is a radiator of increased thickness, which greatly increases the heat dissipation area. Increasing the area of dispersion, with due blowing, it has a positive effect on the cooling efficiency. No wonder ARTIC complements these models 2 and 4 fans respectively. Design LIQUID FREEZER 240 does not provide for the expansion and maintenance. The length of the hose is 326 mm. The dimensions of hoses and their flexibility allows to install the radiator in any comfortable position, the main body to support the installation of “thick” 240 mm radiator.

ARCTIC LIQUID FREEZER 240 review and test

As the heat-dissipating material, as commonly used aluminum Corrugated contacting the channels through which the fluid moves. And once again we remind that with Corrugated advised to be extremely careful, as with any, even minor physical contact, there is a chance it deform. Small strain on efficiency does not significantly affect, but definitely appearance.

Combined with the pump water block does not differ from that used in LIQUID FREEZER 120. It has exactly the same dimensions, specifications and appearance. Power Pump is 2 W (2.1 W at Asetek website).

Pump Power Connector – 3-pin.

Contacting surface is flat and well rounded. Prior to “mirror” is not brought, but the contact will be very tight in this state.

Below you can see the imprint of the thermal interface, which confirms the fact that the base is even and has no bumps or imperfections. In the case of LIQUID FREEZER 120 mark was different, was noticeable bulge at the base of the center. From which we can conclude that the contact surface of the water blocks can vary.

Included 4 fans, it’s all the same 120 mm ARCTIC with PWM control and a dual connector, with which you can connect several fans to one channel and manage them all simultaneously. Declared maximum rotational speed is 1350 RPM.

LIQUID FREEZER 240: INSTALLATION AND TEST STAND

Test configuration:

  • Housing: Corsair Graphite 780T;
  • Processor: Intel i7-3930K (Socket LGA2011), 4 GHz, the voltage is fixed at 1,215 V;
  • Video Card: Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X 4 GB;
  • board: ASUS P9X79 Pro;
  • Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum, 4 x 8 GB, 1866 MHz;
  • Storage: Corsair Neutron GTX 240 GB + Seagate ST1000DM003;
  • Power Supply: Corsair AX760i;
  • Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD;
  • Computer fan control: Lamptron FC Touch.

As usual, LSS installation process begins with the installation of brackets for water block / pump. Screwing bolts in 4 bilateral okolosoketnye mounting holes.

The next step – setting in the radiator housing. There had to use a little trick, or radiator system for one person will be a painful task. First, fasten the lower fan and then the top – with 2 screws on the diagonal to each fan. Only then you will easily be able to locate the construction in the housing and fix it, otherwise no two extra hands can not do, because the fans are constantly strive to be displaced.

ARCTIC LIQUID FREEZER 240 review and test

Next install waterblock and fasten it with 4 screws with thumbscrews. Connect the power supply pump.

In the end, seeing here is a “sandwich”. It is worth mentioning that the installation of life-support systems in the body can interfere with the processor power cable. In the case of the Corsair 780T everything went as space between the motherboard and the upper part of the body enough.

LIQUID FREEZER 240: TESTING

LinX AVX 0.6.4 software was used for the CPU load, the value of the volume of task – 25000, load duration was – 30 minutes. For nuclei of temperature measurement used software CoreTemp 1.3 software.

Testing was conducted in the above test configuration, as the thermal interface was used thermal paste Arctic Cooling MX-2. rotational speed in all case fans installed on the possible maximum. The ambient temperature at the time of testing was 24-25 ° C. Section “testing” is divided into two approaches. The first approach is to find out the maximum capacity of the test specimens at the same time to create systems cooling noise do not pay attention. The second approach is to find the most comfortable noise characteristics of the test specimens, followed by repeating the load and measuring the maximum temperature of the processor cores. In the diagrams, which are presented below, are the minimum / maximum temperature (° C) in idle processor cores and load respectively. Compares the ARCTIC LIQUID FREEZER 240 is maintenance-free systems with other liquid-cooled, super-cooler with tower and cooler-type Top-Flow. The speed of the pumps test liquid cooling systems has been fixed at the maximum value. According to records computer fan control, the speed of the pump was LIQUID FREEZER 240 ~ 5000 RPM.

ARCTIC LIQUID FREEZER 240 review and test

The result is spectacular! The best of today all cooling systems that have previously been tested in the above configuration. It is worth noting that the noise from the fans at ~ 1300-1400 RPM remains at quite a comfortable level, any extraneous sounds during operation there are no fans. Operating at maximum pump against the background of the PC does not stand out as.

After adjusting the fan to a position where the noise level stavnovitsya virtually indistinguishable from the crowd, LIQUID FREEZER 240 has lost its leading position. 63 ° C. Definitely, a great result!

ARCTIC LIQUID FREEZER 240 review and test

LIQUID FREEZER 240: CONCLUSION

It inserted a new record for efficiency in previously tested cooling systems in the above test configuration. The second product of the ARCTIC leaving a very positive impression! ARCTIC LIQUID FREEZER 240 – this is an excellent liquid cooling system, which affects their opportunities. Extremely high efficiency, quiet and quite productive, complete fans, as well as adequate cost – that’s the most important features of this model. In Moscow, the LSS can be purchased for $89. We quite complete, mounted on a current price tag on the product with such features is not too high. Of the minuses can be noted a total thickness of the structure, but buying such a device, you must specify in advance if your chassis supports such models and to think how and where you will install it, or you might find it difficult. We hope that the new products from ARCTIC will be as interesting. ARCTIC LIQUID FREEZER 240 – clearly, is a device of the category «must have».

ARCTIC LIQUID FREEZER 240 review and test

Pros:

  • High efficiency;
  • Quiet Complete fans;
  • Quiet pump;
  • Supports all modern platforms.

Minuses:

  • Most of the total thickness of the fan and the radiator (88 mm).

Source: arctic

ARCTIC LIQUID FREEZER 240 review and test was last modified: September 26th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby