EVGA CLC 120, 240, 280mm Liquid / Water CPU Cooler RGB Roundup Review: Page 2 of 8
Posted by Mark Taliaferro on Monday, October 9, 2017 - 8:00am
A Closer Look EVGA 120mm CLC Cooler RGB (Water Cooler) (EVGA # 400-HY-CL12-V1)
The outer box is a durable black cardboard sleeve over a sturdy cardboard box.
Inside the cardboard sleeve, we find a well designed tough cardboard box setup with resilient foam and the radiator is sleeved in heavy protective cardboard which is a definite plus.
Out of the box, we like the braided covering on the tubing, the large RGB LED logo and the fans have a distinctive “C” shaped side to decrease noise levels that looks interesting. The waterblock hold downs look to be stamped steel and of heavier construction that we see on many kits. The radiator is lightweight aluminum and should have a coating on the inside to prevent galvanic corrosion between the aluminum in the radiator and the copper in the waterblock.
The waterblock feels substantial and solidly built notice the mini-USB port on the side for the monitoring cable that hooks to a USB port for the EVGA Flow Control software.
Here’s a better look at the USB port on the side.
EVGA has a revolutionary approach with the Flow Control software and we like the ability to control the flow and fan speed. The waterblock directly reports the thermal readings to the EVGA Flow Control Software. Let’s stop and look at those wires. The 3 pin connector is the only power connection for the pump and fans as the fans plug into the two 4 pin PWM connectors coming out of the block.
If you count the USB connector for controlling the pump and fans that means 4 wires come into the CPU area and for Obsessive Compulsive wire people that may be a problem. With a little black zip tie action, we don’t see this as an issue ourselves. With some wire management you can achieve a wire-free environment and still get more control and monitoring; with expensive CPU chips and massive OC’s the direct monitoring of CPU and coolant temperatures is well worth a little more wiring.
The 120mm radiator should fit all modern cases where the exhaust fan goes on the chassis. The disadvantage of 120mm setups is usually they perform like air coolers but we like them because they free up space ordinarily taken up by a huge tower cooler.
The radiator is a pretty standard aluminum 120mm radiator, it has the 120mm Teflon Nano bearing fan already attached and you can see the “C” shaped walls of the fan designed to lower noise. EVGA put a 5-year limited warranty on this puppy so you better believe the quality is there.
Looking at the waterblock you can see its pre-greased with thermal material so we will be testing with the provided thermal paste but we usually recommend replacing it with high-quality thermal paste. It’s good that it’s there some end users don’t keep thermal paste around and if you don’t want to spring for thermal paste it’s already there ready to use.
The Teflon Nano bearings on the fan are a new feature for us and the shape of the fan casing is something we haven’t seen on EVGA fans but it makes sense to reduce noise remove the lip of the fan.
This shot lets you get a look at the fan casing and how much was removed. It shouldn’t be a big issue but wires will need to be routed so they don’t run into the fan that extends past the fan casing.
The hose side of the 120mm radiator shows an identification sticker and the wire tucked in there for shipping. More interesting, the hose connectors look to be heavy duty and well connected. We noticed the radiator didn’t have a scratch or mar on any surface and the powder coating looks great.
Look at the perfection of the cooling fins and not a one is out of place, bent or scratched. We have dealt with more radiators than we care to count and perfect fins show amazing manufacturing.
The quality of the surface of the waterblock shows no real mill marks and for all the world looks like it was lapped (polished).
The hardware included covers all modern sockets and all the EVGA CLC coolers have exactly the same hardware included so we won’t be posting the included hardware shot on all 3 sections. You get an AMD backplate and hold down plus the USB data cable. One set of standoffs is marked AMD and the other is marked Intel. Of course, the manual is included with all three kits. We should make note that EVGA says compatible with all future AMD and Intel sockets so they may be adopting an aftermarket bracket policy like Noctua.
- All-in-one cooling solution that is completely self-contained. No filling, no custom tubing, no maintenance. Just plug and play.
- Intelligent wiring system and sleeved tubing makes this one sleek cooler without the messy wires.
- Copper base provides maximum heat transfer.
- Built in 120mm radiator and 120mm fan helps dissipate the heat keeping the GPU as cool as possible. Fan can also be swapped or customized.
- Teflon Nano Bearing in the fan reduces noise and increase lifespan, while the curved housing improves air flow through the radiator to limit vibration and noise.
- Variable controlled fan allow dynamic fan speed based on CPU temperature, and the water cooling efficiency means the fans can operate at a lower speed to reduce noise.
- Compatible with current and future Intel and AMD sockets.
- Premium Retention parts for Intel LGA2066/2011/2011-v3/1150/1151/1155/1156/1366 and upcoming variants
- AMD retention ring for supporting AM2/AM3/AM4/FM1/FM2/TR4 and upcoming variants
- 100% Copper
- Fully controllable RGB LED
- Noise Level = 20dB(A) (MAX)
- 156mm X 122mm X 28mm (LxWxH)
- Size: 120 x 120 x 25mm
- Teflon Nano Bearing
- Speed = 500-2400RPM
- Airflow = 74.82 CFM (MAX)
- Static Pressure = 4.04 mmAq (MAX)
- Noise Level = 16.0 dB(A) (MIN) – 39.9 dB(A) (MAX)
5-Year Limited Warranty