Review Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 AIO Cooler Review: Unique, Affordable Performance

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This seems like a top contender for the best 280mm AIO. Great job on Arctic's side of things. The only thing left to test is whether or not there will be more or less horror stories with them, as well as, how many are DOA and the longevity of each cooler.
 

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I have one of their older 120 models (push pull) on an R7 1700 (non-x, but OCd to 3.8)- cools extremely well and is super quiet - I only hear it when 3D rendering (100% load for more than a few minutes).

This one in the review looks really nice as well. I wish more manufacturers would stop making their products look like action figure toys.
 
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I'm using very good CM Nepton 140XL which is doing great job on my 3700x Ryzen but is pushing it's 6th year and time to change the cooler. Good price, easy and simple wiring and that little fan should make it a strong contender i intermediate bracket. Now just to find it in Europe. Is it already for sale in US ?
 

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I'm using very good CM Nepton 140XL which is doing great job on my 3700x Ryzen but is pushing it's 6th year and time to change the cooler. Good price, easy and simple wiring and that little fan should make it a strong contender i intermediate bracket. Now just to find it in Europe. Is it already for sale in US ?
Should be available in Europe -- I'm pretty sure Arctic is a European company -- based in Germany maybe?
 

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I looked back to compare this with my EVGA clc280 and something doesn't add up. The clc280 at full fans was only a 37 degree delta t, while this is 56. Was there a hardware change that wasn't mentioned? The hardware and software mentioned in the articles is the same.
 

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Just installed this cooler a couple of days ago. Replaced a Corsair
Hydro Series H100i v2, and couldn't be happier! This cooler is everything the Corsair was not...... FAReasier to install, MUCH quieter, and keeps my Ryzen 2700X 7-10 degrees cooler across the board then the Corsair.

My advice is to buy one before Arctic realizes how good the product is, and jacks up the price!
 

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Please fix the huge error in this article!

AM4 is NOT THREADRIPPER!

TR4, sTRX4 is THREADRIPPER.

I HOPE Arctic DOES release a version for THREADRIPPER. I would for SURE give this a go then!
 
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Please fix the huge error in this article!

AM4 is NOT THREADRIPPER!

TR4, sTRX4 is THREADRIPPER.

I HOPE Arctic DOES release a version for THREADRIPPER. I would for SURE give this a go then!
YES!!! I ordered Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 for my amd 3970x and i found this now (ALF already shipped ;_; )
 
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I've been struggling to figure out a Mid tower case for this cooler to be place on the top ,maybe you can give me some ideas ? I'll be running Ryzen 9 3950x on a MSI 570 Unify , and have all 4 RAM slots populated . Haven't decided on the video card , but I won't be playing ( mostly virtual machines ) so nothing too fancy.

I'm currently looking at Fracktal Define S2 , maybe that will work. Is there anyone that has this cooler already in a mid tower case ?

Thanks
 

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I've been struggling to figure out a Mid tower case for this cooler to be place on the top ,maybe you can give me some ideas ? I'll be running Ryzen 9 3950x on a MSI 570 Unify , and have all 4 RAM slots populated . Haven't decided on the video card , but I won't be playing ( mostly virtual machines ) so nothing too fancy.

I'm currently looking at Fracktal Define S2 , maybe that will work. Is there anyone that has this cooler already in a mid tower case ?

Thanks
You should start a thread in the Components section of the forum to ask this question. You will get better results asking there.
 
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I looked back to compare this with my EVGA clc280 and something doesn't add up. The clc280 at full fans was only a 37 degree delta t, while this is 56. Was there a hardware change that wasn't mentioned? The hardware and software mentioned in the articles is the same.

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I'm a bit confused as well. I'm assuming the ambient temperature is about the same(office environment?).
 
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In the review you stated “While the Liquid Freezer II 280’s 140mm fans are factory installed and managed with the same PWM power that controls the pump and auxiliary fan, we opted to disconnect the fans and run them independently for our tests, allowing for independent PWM cooling fan management while the pump remained powered at 100%.”

How were the fans disconnected and and connected to the motherboard to be run and managed independently? Could you expand a little on the advantages of doing it that way.
 

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In the review you stated “While the Liquid Freezer II 280’s 140mm fans are factory installed and managed with the same PWM power that controls the pump and auxiliary fan, we opted to disconnect the fans and run them independently for our tests, allowing for independent PWM cooling fan management while the pump remained powered at 100%.”

How were the fans disconnected and and connected to the motherboard to be run and managed independently? Could you expand a little on the advantages of doing it that way.
The fans just plug into two headers on a splitter that's routed from the block to the radiator inside the sleeving on the tubing. So you can just disconnect the fans from that splitter and hook them up to a regular header if you like, though you'll likely need an extension, as the fans have pretty short cables (presumably to aid cable management). The fans it comes with are of excellent quality, incidentally. They have a Noctua-grade weight and feel to them and are very quiet. Pity the same can't be said of the 40mm fan on the pump.

As for the advantage of doing that, it allows you to control the pump speed and fan speed independently. By default, one PWM signal is responsible for the pump, VRM fan and both radiator fans, with no independent adjustment possible.
 

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