EVGA CLC 120, 240, 280mm Liquid / Water CPU Cooler RGB Roundup Review: Page 8 of 8
Posted by Mark Taliaferro on Monday, October 9, 2017 - 8:00am
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
We are well pleased with the EVGA CLC cooling solutions! The fans are well engineered with Teflon Nano Bearings, "C" shaped fan cases and we didn't register anything above 39dBA on sound testing. At 2000+RPM (by EVGA Flow Control readings) that 39dBA was at maximum settings using the adjustable fan curve software and not a constant level during normal operation. We found the default fan curve very reasonable and kept the coolers whisper quiet. CFM ran between 74 on the 120mm and 115 on the 140mm fans and we suspect that and the variable flow on the pump to be EVGA's secret to the excellent test results we got.
The Radiators came out of the box in an unblemished condition with no visible surface marring and the fins were perfection with no dents dings or bending. On the Z270 platform, we chose we did have to use a backplate which is pretty normal for the 1151 platform so if this is an upgrade removing the motherboard will be required but that's normal for any 1155 socket install of a cooling solution. We popped the 280mm kit onto a 2066 Intel board and that install was easy and fast.
Cooling for each class of EVGA CLC Cooler was top notch and the 280mm version approached triple radiator AIO quality cooling which was pretty amazing.
The surface of the all copper CPU contact plate was pretty well milled and almost appeared polished which was a nice touch. The braided hose coverings were a feature we really enjoyed. The only thing we noticed was that for EVGA Flow control to work at full feature availability was that the fans had to run to the CPU block connector(s) as well as pump power and USB cords totaling 4 wires in the CPU vicinity which might take a little wiring time to hide. A couple of zip ties will probably satisfy wiring fanatics so we don't see that as much of an issue.
EVGA Flow Control resembles EVGA Precision XOC and was easy to use and very intuitive. Easy access to fan control, CPU temperature, and coolant temperature was nice to the point of addictive.
Noise levels were good, the software was great, quality was unbeatable on manufacturing and we doubt you will find a better All In One cooling kit for the price or performance.
EVGA CLC 120mm
Small elegantly implemented and effective for mild OCing at the $85 price point.
EVGA CLC 240mm
Fits common case sized packs a good punch for a 240mm AIO watercooler, fans are top notch and offers excellent cooling for $110. While other AIOs might be a little less expensive don't be fooled by lower prices that equate to lower quality. The AIO's we say approaching this quality are more expensive.
EVGA CLC 280mm
The performance is first rate and approached a couple of triple radiator kits performance and did it for under $130. If you have a chassis that can accommodate the 280mm EVGA CLC Cooling solution or plan on buying one we would heartily recommend this beast. This one stays on the Proclockers test bench!