Once you’ve seen one Asetek Gen5 pump, you’ve really seen all of them. Price Match Guarantee. The EVGA CLC 280 Liquid CPU cooler really impressed us with its low temperature readings, especially at full load (both at default and overclocked speeds). At maximum RPM, the Fractal S36 360mm radiator runs its fans at approximately 1900RPM, landing its thermal performance at around 36C delta T over ambient load. Once you have everything installed you can jump on EVGAs website and download the installer. Copyright © 2021 GamersNexus, LLC. First world problems. We then produce charts using a Delta T(emperature) over Ambient value. Editor-in-Chief: Steve Burke Video Producer: Andrew Coleman, Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. With the CLC and EVGA Flow Control, take back control of your temperatures and peace of mind. The cores are kept locked to 3.8GHz (x38 multiplier). For these tests, we configured the thermocouple reader's logging interval to 1s, matching the logging interval of GPU-Z and AIDA64. We additionally log core utilization and frequencies to ensure all components are firing as expected. The mechanical action for the pump speed isn’t particularly reassuring; it doesn’t offer that haptic “click” each time, and it’s a completely impractical feature. It is not possible to fully replace the tube. NEW PRIZE EVERYDAY! Radiator size: 156mm X 122mm X 28mm (LxWxH), Noise Level = 16.0 dB(A) (MIN) – 39.9 dB(A) (MAX). Let’s get on with the testing, then run through the accessories and conclusion. We’ll give that it’s a unique idea, at least. We’re left to differentiate between products by only two real factors when comparing Asetek products: Fan quality, which we did above, and “extras.” Fractal has a lot of those. Forum threads: 258,271 Regardless, the G-1/4” fittings are another instance of “good idea that’s not been thought through.”. Unlike most other AIO water cooling kits, the EVGA CLC 280 does use software. Available in both 120mm and 280mm radiator sizes, the new EVGA fans are designed to reduce noise, provide superior airflow, and induce static pressure. If you are intro your RGB lighting effects, and already have an RGB LED EVGA graphics card, the lighting synchronisation between this AiO cooler and your GTX card could appeal. The larger radiator helps in this regard, maintaining lower noise levels at a still acceptable temperature. We’ve tested variable pump speeds in the past and haven’t found major differences in cooling efficacy, which is more heavily relegated to the fan spec and radiator size than anything else. Secondly, EVGA will offer all buyers a free AM4 bracket if required, at a later date. This is to ensure that the CPU does not undergo any unexpected/uncontrollable power saving or boost states during testing, and ensures that the test platform remains identical from one device to the next. Single slot GPU features OLED display, 3x DP, 1x HDMI monitor, 3x 8-pin power connectors. With the CLC and EVGA Flow Control, take back control of your temperatures and peace of mind. Only fans which are provided with the cooler are used. No open bench fans are used for these CPU cooler tests. Further, because Fractal is basing off of liquid temperature, the pump will mostly stay at 2000RPM forever. These easy to install AiO liquid coolers are said to offer "incredible performance, low noise, robust software controls and RGB lighting". As for the G1/4” fittings, they’re also of mixed usefulness. LED Sync that syncs with other EVGA RGB components. It might pretend to offer open-loop functionality, but that’s not its core focus. The CLC 240 offers premium sleeved tubing and fully controlled RGB LED to provide a sleek look. Acer Boosts Predator and Nitro Gaming Monitor Portfolio, Thermaltake Presents the Next-Gen THOUGHLIQUID ULTRA, KFC Gaming Officially Launches the KFConsole, GIGABYTE Contributes to MLCommons Community, LIAN LI Expands Line-Up with UNI FAN SL140. VCore voltage is locked to 1.141v for the CPU. Privacy, RSS / Alerts / Twitter Review: EVGA CLC 280. by Parm Mann on 17 May 2017, 16:00 ... additional software and tailor-made fans. Available in 120mm or 280mm radiator, the EVGA CLC 120/280 allows DIY professionals and overclockers to extract all the potential of their high-end processors. This is more of a noise impact. The CLC 280 offers premium sleeved tubing and fully controlled RGB LED to provide a sleek look. Find low everyday prices and buy online for delivery or in-store pick-up. If going as far as adding cable management features, it doesn’t make sense to spoil them with unclean routing. The cooling units feature low noise, RGB lighting on the water block module right on the EVGA branding and a robust software for you to manage temperatures and unlock your CPU to its fullest potential. Monitor and control the CLC 280 with the new EVGA Flow Control software, which allows you to monitor and change pump speed, fan curve, and RGB LED! It’s just doesn’t demonstrate a strong understanding of why open loops exist when we’re assuming the builder will mix tubes of various colors and designs. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. The CLC 240 offers premium sleeved tubing and fully controlled RGB LED to provide a sleek look. Behind these new AiO coolers' claimed performance are a number of tech tweaks. Our focuses are on thermals and noise – not that you can focus on much else when talking coolers – with some new testing that looks at normalized noise output. The fan hub is Fractal’s most defining feature, given the overall impracticality of its pump toggle. This is a closed-loop cooler. Thermally, these two perform effectively equally on our chart – but the X62 is quieter when both are around 37C delta T load temperatures. In a future update, the EVGA CLC 120 and CLC 280 will be fully controllable via software. These new liquid coolers from EVGA give you incredible performance, low noise, and robust software controls. The X42 is really just there for perspective, where we see a 42C delta T at 40dBA, with 2C warmer idle temperatures. We've validated our testing methodology with thermal chambers and have proven near-perfect accuracy of results. This is similar in thermal performance to the Kraken X52 at 1500RPM, with a 42dBA output. Two K-Type thermocouples are deployed around the test bench: One (T1) above the bench, out of airflow channels, and one (T2) approximately 2-3" in front of the cooler's intake fan. Unlike most other AIO water cooling kits, the EVGA CLC 280 does use software. The CLC 280 offers premium sleeved tubing and fully controlled RGB LED to provide a sleek look. We understand why they’re there, but from our perspective, you support a product for its advertised features. Click to find out more. There’s not much point in adding a one-time use mechanical switch. About us These new liquid coolers from EVGA give you incredible performance, low noise, robust software controls and RGB lighting. Copyright © 1998 - 2021, HEXUS.net. Monitor and control the CLC 280 with the new EVGA Flow Control software, which allows you to monitor and change pump speed, fan curve, and RGB LED! Our test starts with a 180s idle period to gauge non-gaming performance. Fractal’s coolers use 120mm fans that run a maximum RPM nearing 2000, with variable pump RPM from ~2000~3000. If customization for inclusion in other loops is a major selling point, you stand by that bullet on the box. Two lucky readers will bag a Meshify 2 chassis, Celsius+ S36 cooler and Ion+ Platinum PSU! We’re producing a noise output of about 49dBA at this point – fairly loud – while ranking about where the Corsair H115i and Kraken X62 at 1500RPM stand. Rather than use software or suggest straight BIOS control – which we prefer – Fractal’s gone with a toggleable pump plate that switches into auto or PWM options. It’s not as customized as, say, the NZXT Kraken series, but NZXT’s products also run more expensive. Currently active users: 395. C-States are disabled, as is all other power saving. All rights reserved. Advertise Your adjusted settings will be saved to firmware so you can set-and-forget. Not only does it perform great, but it also looks sleek and stylish. Radiator size: 312mm X 139mm X 27mm (LxWxH), Noise Level = 16.0 dB(A) (MIN) – 39.5 dB(A) (MAX). EVGA releases CLC 120 and 280 closed loop CPU coolers. The X62 at 1500RPM measures about 46.4dBA in our noise test, making it a little quieter than the Fractal S36 at max RPM. EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 Kingpin Hydro Copper unveiled, Day 25: Win one of two be quiet! EVGA fiercely competes at $120 with its CLC 280, Corsair is in the $140 range with the H115i, and NZXT holds the priciest bracket with the X62. The difference between Fractal and Corsair is within our range of uncertainty, meaning that the two are effectively equal in temperature performance at 40dBA. Shop EVGA CLC 280mm Radiator CPU Liquid Cooling System Black at Best Buy. The EVGA Closed Loop CPU Cooler (CLC) 120 and 280 have arrived. Unfortunately, regardless of configuration, we were unable to get the farthest fan to cleanly connect with the hub (and yes, we tried both sides of the radiator, both orientations of the fan). EVGA’s 280 CLC is an excellent no-compromise all-in-one quiet cooler for a reasonable price considering its build, ease of installation, and all-inclusive package. Monitor and control the CLC 280 with the new EVGA Flow Control software, which allows you to monitor and change pump speed, fan curve, and RGB LED! We control for ambient by constantly measuring temperatures with K-Type thermocouples and infrared readers. Each unit reads-out a delta T value of about 37-38C over ambient, with idles at 5.5-6C delta T over ambient. Monitor and control the CLC 240 with the new EVGA Flow Control software, which allows you to monitor and change pump speed, fan curve, and RGB LED! We use an AMPROBE multi-diode thermocouple reader to log ambient actively. With the CLC and EVGA Flow Control, take back control of your temperatures and peace of mind. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'". All rights reserved. The delta value is created by subtracting corresponding ambient readings (T3) from the average CPU core temperature. Conducting thermal tests requires careful measurement of temperatures in the surrounding environment. It delivers incredible performance, low noise, robust software controls and RGB lighting. Fan can also be swapped or customized. The Kraken X62 is at 35.4C delta T for a 2-3C lead, and although this is measurable, it’s not necessarily a game-changer. There will be some delay after submitting a comment. Data is calculated using a custom, in-house spreadsheet and software solution. There’s another trade between the S36 at 1500RPM – or about 42.7dBA – and the X62 at 1050RPM, or about 37.4dBA. EVGA introduces two new closed-loop CPU liquid cooling systems, the EVGA Closed Loop Cooler (CLC) 120 and 280 all-in-one liquid coolers. The EVGA CLC 120 and 280 are 120mm radiator (single 120mm fan) and 280mm radiator (dual 140mm fans) components respectively. In our testing, though, it seemed a little simpler than that – pump RPM is based on liquid temp, and as we found in our 7700K review (the hottest CPU we've tested), liquid temp never really exceeds 30C. Performance isn’t going to be all that different between any of these if equalizing for fans. A script automatically triggers the beginning of a CPU-intensive benchmark running Prime95 LFFTs. Just set it there. Because we use an in-house script, we are able to perfectly execute and align our tests between passes. The X42 is a 140mm cooler, making it the smallest on the bench – the H115i and X62 are 280mm, the S36 is 360. We tested using the default, out-of-box “auto” setting, which kept our pump RPM fixed nearly perfectly at ~1960 throughout the tests (liquid temperature doesn't ramp up enough to push higher). For Excellent CPU cooling performance Fractal is competitive at around 1050RPM to 1300RPM, where it makes the best argument in terms of noise-to-cooling performance. EVGA says that the cooling block has been designed to offer an "improved flow rate and heat transfer surface area," which as you will know, are good for cooling efficiency. An extra 0.25-0.5” cable length would solve this. New OC Scanner for finding the best stable overclock. This is something you do once, then never touch again – at least, not unless it’s an open bench. The EVGA Closed Loop CPU Cooler (CLC) is an all-in-one, plug-and-play liquid cooling solution that requires no filling, no custom tubing, or no maintenance. The CLC 280 offers premium sleeved tubing and fully controlled RGB LED to provide a sleek look. As you might have gathered from the name, the CLC 120 stands for closed-loop-CPU Cooler 120mm which is the size of the radiator and the fan, while the CLC 280 uses a 280mm radiator bundled with a pair of 140mm fans. Our first test initializes the review with just a few of the coolers – we’ll add more than a dozen tests to the chart in a moment. Facebook / Newsletter The real difference emerges from fans, and even that’s not much of a thermal game-changer. Fractal’s Celsius S36 debuts alongside the company’s S24, coolers sized at 360mm and 240mm, respectively. Fan speeds are manually controlled unless otherwise defined. We moderate comments on a ~24~48 hour cycle. Built in 280mm radiator and 2x 140mm fans help dissipate the heat keeping the CPU as cool as possible. Besides, Fractal has “warranty void” stickers on the G1/4” fittings. First of all EVGA has flow control software in the pipeline to allow users software control of fan speed/curve, RGB lighting, Pump Control, Profiles and more. This is the most comparable to Fractal’s low-RPM performance, though is still louder. It can connect, but then you’re running a cable under or over the other fans. Chassis, coolers and PSUs from the award-winning German manufacturer. What our awards mean How Competitions work Given Fractal's curve, that means the pump stays at 2000RPM almost all the time. And we’ve seen multiple up-close (X42 tear-down, EVGA CLC tear-down). About Cookies Forum posts: 2,701,730 Sono arrivati i dissipatori CPU a liquido ad anello chiuso (CLC) EVGA 120, 240, 280 e 360. EVGA has released a pair of new closed loop all-in-one liquid CPU coolers. Voltage levels are measured in addition to fan speeds, frequencies, and thermals. Not surprisingly, the cooler with the best overall full-speed performance, EVGA’s CLC 280, also had the best value at that speed. The CLC 280 offers premium sleeved tubing and fully controlled RGB LED to provide a sleek look. Full support for GeForce RTX graphics cards and GeForce GTX 10-Series. This is a semi-custom Asetek solution that’s been loosely customized by Fractal Design, primarily focusing on the addition of G1/4” fittings (rad-side only), on-pump speed tuning, and an on-rad fan hub. P/N: 400-HY-CL28-V1 The frequency is locked without any interference from boost or throttle functions. And those braided tubes do look nice – on a closed-loop cooler. Last modified on May 10, 2017 at 10:00 am, testing methodology with thermal chambers, Fractal Meshify 2 XL Large Case Review: "E-ATX" / SSI-EEB Enclosure, EK AIO 360 & 240 D-RGB Cooler Review: Thermals, Noise, Coldplate Levelness, Fractal Define 7 Case Review: High Build Quality & Thermal Challenges, Swiftech H360X3 Review & Benchmark: Actually Different Liquid Cooling vs. Asetek. The EVGA CLC 280 costs $120 and maintains a temperature of about 40C delta T with a 1050RPM speed, outputting a noise level of about 37.1dBA. Very few people – although some certainly will – would actively seek a CLC that can be half-opened, but will be stuck with the original black, braided tubes. The EVGA CLC 120, 240, and 280 LIQUID CPU Coolers have arrived. Fractal has some acoustics advantages at some specific RPMs, but to be fair, that can be said of almost all these coolers. It’s performing right alongside an H100iV2 at 1050RPM, but offers better cooling performance. Ignoring that and looking at practicality, Fractal loses ground there, too; an EK solution, should you really seek some half-open/half-closed amalgam, would offer easier to use QDCs. Easy. Fractal’s maximum cooling capacity is lower than the 280mm coolers in the top 3 slots on the bench, in our testing, though fills a middle-of-the-pack performance range from 40C delta T to 36C delta T. At 1050RPM, Fractal’s S36 is able to maintain a 40C delta T load temperature alongside a 33.6dBA output. Software. We debuted this testing in our ASUS ROG Strix review and have carried it over to coolers. The EVGA CLC 120 and 280 are 120mm radiator (single 120mm fan) and 280mm radiator (dual … An extra 2C off the CPU won’t change performance at this level. 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