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Enermax unveils ELC120, ELC240 liquid coolers

Enermax unveils ELC120, ELC240 liquid coolers

Both the ELC120 and ELC240 boast a 'Quad Shunt Channel' design, claimed to eliminate hot-spots and boost performance.

Enermax has announced the first products to appear in its ELC family of sealed-unit liquid cooling products: a trio of CPU coolers.

Based around a patented cold-plate design dubbed Quad Shunt Channel (QSC,) and claimed to enhance the dissipation of heat compared to rival sealed-unit liquid cooling devices, the ELC family boasts support for all the usual AMD and Intel processors. Two designs are to be available at launch, the company has announced: the ELC240, which usual a dual-120mm radiator design for high-power processors, and the ELC120 single-120mm model for systems where space is at a premium.

Fans are included with the coolers as standard, with the ELC120-TB and ELC240 packing two Twister Bearing Silence fans - side-by-side in the case of the ELC240, and push-pull in the case of the ELC120. For those after a little more bling in their rig, an ELC120-TA is also being launched with Apollish Blue fans, packing LEDs for that oh-so-special glow.

Interestingly, Enermax has fitted a three-mode control system to both fans, providing pulse width modulation (PWM) control in three settings: Silent Mode, which runs at 800-1500rpm; Performance Mode, which runs at 800-1500rpm with a lowered threshold for increasing the speed; and Overclock Mode, which runs at 800-2200rpm. The integral pump also uses ceramic bearings, designed specifically - Enermax claims - to improve stability and reduce noise.

Enermax is certainly maxing some impressive claims for its ELC families: the QSC technology is alleged to use a modified micro-fin design which eliminates the 'boundary layer' problem which restricts the coolant flow path over the CPU. As a result, Enermax claims its design results in improved coolant flow momentum and accelerated heat transfer. Better still, QSC is claimed to create a redistribution of coolant flow among the various individual micro-channels for rapid removal of heat in a CPU's 'hot-spot' - created, for example, by switching selected cores into turbo mode or by stressing integrated graphics cores.

The ELC120 models come with a two-year warranty, while the larger ELC240 comes with a five-year warranty as standard. All three models are expected to be launched early next week, priced at £69.90 for the ELC120-TB and ELC120-TA and £89.90 for the ELC240. Enermax has also promised to add a fourth model in November, the ELC125, which increases the radiator thickness to 48mm.

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damien c 3rd October 2012, 13:37 Quote
Wonder what the performance is like on these and if they can compete with the Corsair systems???
GuilleAcoustic 3rd October 2012, 13:50 Quote
Another rebadged Astek closed loop :).
whatsthatnoise 3rd October 2012, 17:01 Quote
There's a review with a pre-production sample of it over here.

Seems like it it's pretty comparable to an H100. Not quite clear which fan settings they used, though.
[EOCF] Tim 3rd October 2012, 17:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
Another rebadged Astek closed loop :).

It's actually made by Asia Vital Components.

I was hoping this was going to be at least better then the H100. Not sure what fan settings were used, but seems that the H100 cools better with lower decibels. I was really hoping those silent fans would be great.

On a side note, I wish they would test the kits with the exact same fan, at least in one test of the review. That would really highlight how well the rad, block and pump work. Now you are just guessing.

It will be interesting to see the difference between the dual 120mm offering and Corsair H60/H80.

Pretty please Bit-tech, review these as well.
mediapcAddict 3rd October 2012, 17:48 Quote
I guess you could say the water cooling market is hotting up :)
Tynecider 3rd October 2012, 20:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
Another rebadged Astek closed loop :).


+1

If not, Same performance me bets
Bindibadgi 4th October 2012, 06:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tynecider
+1

If not, Same performance me bets

?

But Tim already said it wasn't 2 posts above :?

Worth finding out at least. ;)
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