ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 280 - Multi Compatible All-in-One CPU AIO Water Cooler, Efficient PWM Controlled Pump, Fan Speed: 200-1700 RPM (Controlled via PWM), LGA1700 compatible - Black
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This cooler is unquestionably one of the finest available. It’s not a cheap choice, and it’s targeted at the enthusiast audience who can afford to spend money on their construction. If you have the cash, this cooler’s distinctive appearance and excellent performance make it well worth your money. Due to its exorbitant price, it just misses out on the #1 position on the list. Kraken’s CAM software allows you to customize the RGB lights as well as manage the pump and fan speeds. Without having to fiddle with the BIOS, you’ll have access to every configuration and customization option. CAM is one of the most well-designed and user-friendly AIO cooler programs available.
Buy whatever one fits better in your case the results are going to be margin of error.... I have both the corsair h150i and h115i platinum and they perform nearly identical. The 280 would likely be slightly less noisy due to having one less fan spinning at 12-1500 rpm under load but even then it wouldn't sway me one way or the other. This cooler, which also has RGB lights, is absolutely beautiful. It’s one of the most attractive AIO coolers on the market. Unfortunately, there are no RGB lights on the 140mm fans. If you want the complete RGB experience, you’ll have to spend a little more money and switch to RGB fans.In our last post, we took a look at the best 360mm AIO coolers on the market and, in this guide, we’re going to cover the top 280mm AIO options. Despite coming with one less fan, the larger 140mm fans on 280mm AIOs are able to provide nearly similar cooling performance as 360mm AIOs. I've attached a photo of my setup. Currently the VRM fan is facing downwards and there is little to no pressure and the tubes are pointing downwards. If I want to have it fan facing upwards and have no excessive pressure I'd have to flip the radiator and have the tubes at the top.
Unlike many other AIO coolers, the ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 280 foregoes RGB LEDs in favor of raw cooling performance and noise reduction. The Liquid Freezer II is the best-performing AIO cooler and ranks first in its class because to ARCTIC’s commitment in performance.In other testing, the Liquid Freezer II outperformed competitors such as the DeepCool Castle 280EX, another 280mm cooler renowned for its high performance. There definitely aren’t any better 280mm AIO coolers out there when it comes to cooling and noise dampening. It’s also a quiet performer, with some of the class’s finest acoustic metrics. This is the cooler to choose if you want your AIO to be visible but not heard. Given its reduced price point, it’s also a steal. While there are superior cooling options available, the ML280 Mirror provides the same mirror-top pump head as the Krakens at a lower cost.
And, while there aren’t quite as many 280mm AIO coolers as there are 120mm, 240mm, and 360mm options, there are still enough options to offer a wide range of features and pricepoints. You can get high-end 280mm AIO coolers, options with AIO fans, or budget-friendly coolers as well.The VRM fan clearly does something, and temperature improvements will follow the more even FPM on either side of the VRM heatsink, but we also want to be clear that a top-mounted radiator would also benefit the VRM. This is something we simulate in our test setup. VRM Thermals The Liquid Freezer II's fiber-reinforced 45 cm tubing allows for installation even in large cases and effectively prevents coolant evaporation, so you don't have to worry about refilling your compact water cooling system.