Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅02-12-19
Closer Look
Unlike any AIO we’ve tested so far, the fans are pre-installed onto the radiator. You remove the plastic packing from around the radiator and pump enclosure and you’re good to go.

The waterblock/pump enclosure is different from most, housing a small fan that blows air outwards to cool the surrounding VRM and other components.

The coldplate sits almost-centred but from this angle, the size of the pump/fan housing is evident. If you’re planning to install this onto a motherboard with a tighter socket design, double check your measurements.

Arctic P-series fans are installed onto the 280mm radiator inside the box, saving you the hassle of screwing them in. They’re also wired up through one of the radiator tubes to connect into the single 4-pin PWM connection on the pump, allowing the entire system to run in harmony and spin up and down as the motherboard deems fit.

Radiators are typically 25mm (1 inch) thick, but a simple and easy way to improve cooling performance is to increase the thickness of the radiator, therefore giving more surface area to dissipate heat. The radiator here is 38mm (1½ inch) thick. Providing the 140mm fans can provide enough static pressure, this should reduce CPU temperatures.

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