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ENERMAX AQUAFUSION ADV 360mm Review

Today, we are bringing you an expert review of the ENERMAX AQUAFUSION ADV 360mm. In this guide, we will walk you through the unboxing experience, a closer look at the cooler, installation, testing, and much more.

ENERMAX AQUAFUSION ADV 360mm Cooler Review

Review Summary

ENERMAX is providing a comprehensive performance-packed and feature-rich cooling solution at pocket-friendly pricing with a generous 5-year warranty. Performance and digital lighting are two hallmarks of this cooler, and compatibility with Intel LGA1700 and AMD AM5 sockets. This unit comes recommended by us, though keep an ear out for fan noise!

Overall
8.9/10
8.9/10
  • Quality - 9/10
    9/10
  • Design - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Features - 9/10
    9/10
  • Value - 9/10
    9/10
  • Performance - 8.8/10
    8.8/10

Pros

  • Thermal Performance
  • 380W TDP Rating
  • Brilliant Digital Lighting
  • Standard Connectors
  • Infinity Mirror
  • 5-years warranty

Cons

  • Noisy fans at full speed
  • Fixed ENERMAX Text under Infinity Mirror

Today, we’re presenting you the ENERMAX AQUAFUSION ADV 360mm review. ENERMAX is a well-known brand engaged in manufacturing PC cooling components, PSUs, PC Cases, etc. Their liquid coolers come under the spotlight some time ago. We have received AQUAFUSION ADV 360mm liquid cooler from ENERMAX for testing. This is a 360mm AIO CPU Cooler capable of meeting 380W TDP requirements. This is quite some rating there since the new generation platforms from both camps are taking more power, resultantly generating more heat. This cooler is also available in 240mm and 120mm variants.

Though little we know about the pump of this cooler, the cooler is compatible with Intel LGA115x/1200/1700/20xx/1366 and AMD AM5/AM4/AM3+/FM2+FM1 sockets. This cooler has a mirror infinity design on the pump’s housing which is surrounded by a diffuser for more vivid ARGB lighting. ENERMAX has provided 3x ARGB fans with a little bit different design element using Vortex Frame Technology and downsized hub design. 

Salient features are:

  • Luminous Aurabelt™ and Infinite RGB Reflection
  • ENERMAX SquA RGB ADV Fans included
  • Supports addressable RGB M/B sync
  • Patented Dual Chamber Water block design
  • Patented Shunt Channel Technology

Specifications

MODELELC-AQFA360-SQA
CPU SOCKETIntel® LGA 1700/1200/115x/2066/2011/2011-3/1366 and AMD® AM5/AM4/AM3+/FM2+/FM1
TDP (W)380W
COLD PLATE MATERIALCopper
RADIATOR MATERIALAluminum
RADIATOR DIMENSION394 x 120 x 27 mm
PUMP BEARINGCeramic Bearing
PUMP MTBF50,000 hrs
PUMP RATED VOLTAGE (V)12V
PUMP RATED CURRENT (A)0.7A
PUMP RATED CURRENT - RGB LED (A)0.42A (5V)
FAN DIMENSION (MM)120 x 120 x 26 mm
FAN MTTF (HOURS)≧ 100,000 hrs
FAN SPEED (RPM)500-2000 rpm
FAN RATED VOLTAGE (V)12V
FAN RATED CURRENT (A)0.38A
FAN RATED CURRENT RGB LED (A)1.08A (5V)
FAN AIR FLOW (CFM)39~79.8 CFM
FAN STATIC PRESSURE (MM-H2O)0.67~3.6 mm-H2O
FAN MAXIMUM NOISE (DBA)15~32.6 dBA
FAN CONNECTOR4 Pin PWM + 3 Pin RGB (W/ extension adapter)
FAN SCREWM3.5
THERMAL GREASEDow Corning® TC-5121C

Dimension

Dimensions
Dimensions

Packaging

Let’s begin the ENERMAX AQUAFUSION ADV 360mm review with the unboxing experience. The cooler is shipped inside a packing box finished black in color. A-RGB illumination on block and fans say it all. On top, there is a compatibility listing of A-RGB lighting.

The backside of the box
The backside of the box

Specifications of this unit are listed in a tabular format. ENERMAX has listed key highlights of the technology used in this cooler.

Unboxing the cooler
Unboxing the cooler

The cooler and mounting hardware is tucked inside an egged carton for maximum safety during traveling. The accessories are placed inside a transparent pouch box. A-RGB-related accessories are placed inside a separate transparent pouch. The fans are inside transparent covers.

Contents

Let’s see what ENERMAX has provided in accessories.

Mounting Brackets and Backplates for Intel and AMD
Mounting Brackets and Backplates for Intel and AMD

ENERMAX has provided:

  • 2x Mounting Brackets for Intel
  • 2x Mounting Brackets for AMD
  • 1x Backplate for Intel
Pillars, Screws, Washers, and more
Pillars, Screws, Washers, and more

We have:

  • 4x AMD AM4/AM5 pillars
  • 4x Philips Screws to install mounting brackets
  • 4x Intel LGA20xx Pillars
  • 4x Pillars and 4x washers for provided backplate
  • 4x Pillars for AMD 
  • 4x Spacers4x Spring-Loaded Screws
  • 12x Long Screws
  • 12x Short Screws
1x SATA cable, 3-Way PWM Splitter Cable, and 1x Y-Cable
1x SATA cable, 3-Way PWM Splitter Cable, and 1x Y-Cable

ENERMAX has provided:

  • 1x SATA powered cable for Pump. This would spare a fan header on the motherboard.
  • 3-Way PWM Splitter Cable
  • 1x Y-Cable for A-RGB [Having 2x male headers and 1x female header]
Thermal Paste
Thermal Paste

ENERMAX has provided a thermal paste which they have mentioned to be Dow Corning TC-5121C. We did a little online search and found that this thermal paste is rated for 2.5W-mK with a specific gravity of 4.2 and has a viscosity average of 60,000 – 100,000 cP.

ENERMAX has also provided a user guide.

Design

Let’s start taking a closer look at the ENERMAX AQUAFUSION ADV 360mm.

Radiator

The Radiator
The Radiator

This cooler has a 360mm size radiator having a dimension of 394x120x27mm. Here, 27mm is the height of the radiator itself. Please, keep in mind that this includes the housing of the radiator. The actual thickness of fins stacking is lower than this rating which is normal. The bundled fans have a thickness of 26mm. After installing them on this radiator, we would get an overall height of 54mm, approximately including heads of screws. When it comes to Fins Per Inch, this radiator has a count of 20, meaning we would need high static pressure fans to main the generated airflow. Complete assembly and stacking are made of aluminum. There is a gap of 105mm between any two fan mounting holes on the radiator.

The frame of the radiator
The frame of the radiator

We have a black color stylish frame on both sides of the radiator. ENERMAX branding can be seen in the center. We can remove the side frames.

The sides of the fin
The sides of the fin

The above picture shows the sides of the fin stacking after removing frames. Now, we can measure and see that fin stacking actually has a 25mm thickness.

Barbed fittings
Barbed fittings

We are not sure about the OEM of this unit, but we have seen this particular mounting hardware on PCCOOLER and SilverStone liquid coolers. The blocks on both ends of the radiator are not rectangular. This cooler uses two barbed fittings with metallic covers for reinforcement and better aesthetics. There are two stickers here. One has the serial number of this unit, whereas the other has some importer information listed.

We can also see what seems to be a cap over a port. This is probably reserved for factory use only, and don’t attempt to open it by yourself it may eliminate the vacuum pressure of the loop. There is no warranty void sticker over this port.

A closer look at the fins
A closer look at the fins

There are no protective sheets or plating over the fins under the fan mounts. So, take care while mounting the fans, as longer screws could damage the fins, which would hamper the performance of the cooler. It is recommended to use the supplied long screws to mount the fans onto the radiators. ENERMAX has done a good job with fins stacking.

Tubing
Tubing

The tubing has a length of approximately 400 mm. The soft material tubing is flexible and doesn’t produce kinking, which is always a plus. ENERMAX is using mesh sleeves on the hoses to give them a clean look

Pump/Block

Let’s take a look at the main element of this cooler. It is the pump and its housing.

The Pump
The Pump

The housing has a dimension of 69.5×68.5×54.5mm. Here 54.5mm is the height of the housing, excluding the copper base. The housing is finished in black color. Its top has a relatively large size compared to the base. Looking at the side of the housing, we can see two screw holes near the base. This is where the mounting brackets are installed using Philips screws. ENERMAX has mentioned that this unit uses using dual-chamber design.

The inner design of the pump
The inner design of the pump

The above picture illustrates the inner design rendering of this unit. This is ENERMAX Patented Dual-chamber Mechanism. This helps isolate the pump from the heat. ENERMAX believes that this would significantly increase the cooler’s lifespan without compromising efficiency. Let’s hope this will have addressed and improved the earlier pumps issues.

CCI + SCT technology
CCI + SCT technology

ENERMAX is using patented CCI + SCT technology in this unit. Central Coolant Inlet (CCI) technology injects the coolant at the hottest spot to prevent heat surges. Shunt-channel Technology (SCT) design shortens the coolant flow path, resulting in faster heat transfer.

The backside of the pump
The backside of the pump

The opposite side has the same layout, except that there is a power cable coming out from here. Take note of a rubber cover. Take note of a thick diffuser at the top. It houses A-RGB LEDs for some vivid light shows.

The 4-pin port
The 4-pin port

There is a proprietary 4-pin port under there. Users can connect bundled A-RGB cables with this header. I am not sure what is the reason for this particular implementation as ENERMAX could have made the A-RGB cable a permanent part of the housing like that pump’s power cable.

Tubes
Tubes

The tubes are installed in a 90° mount on the base of the block so that they can be rotated as per the requirement to the left or right side position. There is no cable connection here.

3-pin power cable
3-pin power cable

The pump housing has a 3-pin power cable to power the pump.

The top of the pump
The top of the pump

Top of this housing is a highly reflective surface. ENERMAX has implemented an infinity mirror design here, which looks good in person. However, there is a catch. This infinity mirror has ENERMAX branding written on it. We can’t change the direction of this text; hence block can only be installed with tube side-facing DIMM slots. ENERMAX refers to this as Luminous Aurabelt™ technology and unique Infinite RGB Reflection for a visually stunning experience.

This pump uses ceramic bearing and is rated for 50,000hrs MBTF. This is a low rating. Its rated voltage is 12VDC, taking 0.7A current. The A-RGB LEDs take 0.42A at 5V.

The base of the block
The base of the block

Let’s take a look at the base of the block. The base has a size of approximately 55x55mm, which is quite large given the size of the CPU IHS that we will be using for the testing. The copper plate has a thickness of 3mm. There is a protective cover on the base that needs to be removed before installation.

Fans

One of the 3x 120mm fans
One of the 3x 120mm fans

ENERMAX is using 3x 120mm fans. They have a thickness of 26mm, which is 1mm above the standard size. The forward edges of 9x blades have insets or line patterns. These blades are translucent. There is an ENERMAX branded sticker in the center. ENERMAX calls these fans as SquA RGB ADV Fans. ENERMAX is stating that these fans are designed for optimal cooling performance using Vortex Frame Technology and a downsized hub design. There is a ring in a pattern on the top frame for A-RGB lighting.

The mounting corner of the fan
The mounting corner of the fan

Each mounting corner has an anti-vibration rubber pad in black color.

The frame of the fans
The frame of the fans

The frame of these fans is black in color and sturdy. There is ENERMAX branding in the center. However, we could not find any arrow markings to help novice users identify the direction of airflow and the blades’ spin direction.

The 13 arms
The 13 arms

There are 13 arms or guides, whatever you call them, on the back, which helps move airflow in the alternate but focused pattern. One of these is not angular and has a base to catch wires on it. These fans are made in China.

4-pin PWM connector
4-pin PWM connector

There is a 4-pin PWM connector with a flat cable.

2x A-RGB connectors
2x A-RGB connectors

There are 2x A-RGB connectors using a standard 3-pin interface at 5V.

The salient specifications of the fans are:

Dimension 120x120x26mm
Speed 500~2000 RPM
Air Flow 39~79.8 CFM
Air Pressure 0.67~3.6 mmH₂O
Noise 15~32.6 dB(A)
Fan Connector 4-pin PWM+3-Pin RGB
Fan Voltage 12VDC
Fan Current (Motor) 0.38A
Fan LED Current 1.08A (5V)

A-RGB Lighting

ENERMAX has provided an A-RGB controller with this cooler.

The A-RGB control box
The A-RGB control box

The control box has a slim design. It has 3 buttons. The m button changes the RGB mode, whereas the arrows change the brightness/speed of the dynamic light mode.

The 2-pin port on the control box
The 2-pin port on the control box

One end of this box has a 2-pin port. This is where a SATA-powered cable is connected to.

A standard 3-pin, 5V connector on the control box
A standard 3-pin, 5V connector on the control box

The other end has a standard 3-pin, 5V connector (fixed to the frame).

The control box with the SATA cable attached to it
The control box with the SATA cable attached to it

The above picture shows the box with the SATA cable attached to it.

RGB cables
RGB cables

ENERMAX has provided cables for RGB. The top cable is connected directly to the pump’s housing, the middle cable is for the previous generation of GIGABYTE motherboards, and the bottom is a SATA cable to be connected to the control box.

The terminal connectors are 3-pin, 5V, and A-RGB. The A-RGB lighting is compatible with:

  • ASUS AURA SYNC
  • GIGABYTE RGB FUSION 2.0
  • MSI MYSTIC SYNC
  • ASROCK POLYCHROME SYNC
  • RAZER CHROMA RGB

Installation

The ENERMAX AQUAFUSION ADV 360mm review will be incomplete if we don’t install the cooler.

We have tested the cooler on the AM5 platform using the GIGABYTE X670E AORUS MASTER Motherboard and AMD Ryzen 7 7700X CPU. The installation is simple and convenient. We need 10 components to set up the mounting hardware for the block.

The AMD Ryzen 7 7700X CPU
The AMD Ryzen 7 7700X CPU

First, install AM5 screws on the AMD stock backplate after removing the stock mounting brackets.

Installing the screws
Installing the screws

Install AMD brackets on the pump’s housing as shown.

Installing the bracket
Installing the bracket

It would be wise to connect the A-RGB cable to the header, as shown before installing the block.

Apply the thermal paste on the CPU and place the block on it by aligning the mounting holes of the bracket with threaded portions of screws. Use thumb nuts to complete this part of the installation.

For more detail, please refer to the user guide.

The cooler is installed
The cooler is installed

Clearance

The cooler has no clearance issue for the RAM and PCIe slot. However, make sure that your case supports 360mm AIO. The dimension of the radiator without fans is 394x120x27mm (LxWxH). With fans, the dimension is 394x120x54mm (height is increased).

Also Read: ALPHACOOL CORE OCEAN T38 CPU AIO 360mm Review

Testing

Now comes the important part of the ENERMAX AQUAFUSION ADV 360mm review, the testing. Here’s the test bench we used:

Here are some pictures:

Here is the settings table for testing:

All Cores Clock (MHz) 5200 All Cores
VCore (V) 1.260V
Thermal Paste Noctua NT-H1
Test Run Time 30 minutes CINEBENCH R23
Idle Time 10 minutes
Fan Speed 100% PWM Duty Cycle
Header CPU_Fan/Pump_Fan_Header Headers
Software CINEBENCH R23.2
Monitoring Software HWInfo64

Not every run of the stress test may yield the same result. This could well be due to many factors like mounting pressure, thermal paste application, and varying ambient temperature. Not to mention the silicon differences even among the same category of chips. Hence, it is pertinent to mention the testing methodology along with the specifics.

Results

Be sure to check out our similar, in-depth review of the GIGABYTE AORUS WATERFORCE X 280 Liquid Cooler and the DeepCool LT520 240mm AIO, as we will be comparing the three coolers.

Thermal Performance
Thermal Performance

This cooler has almost a similar performance as we saw on GIGABYTE WATERFORCE X280.

Noise

These fans were making roughly 51 dB(A) at 32~33 dB(A) ambient.

Conclusion

We have taken a look ENERMAX AQUFUSION ADV 360mm cooler. This is a 360mm liquid cooler for the CPU. It is also available in 120mm and 240mm versions. This unit has an aluminum-made radiator and housing measuring 394x120x27mm. After installing the 26mm thick fans of this cooler, this unit will stand at 54mm, including heads of screws. The actual thickness of fin stacking is 25mm. Since users can remove the sides of the main housing, this was an easy measurement. Any error in measurement is regretted. This is a dense radiator with a fin count of 20 and 11 channels for coolant flow.

This would mean users would need high static pressure fans, and ENERMAX was paying attention to this aspect. They have provided 3x SquA RGB ADV Fans with this cooler. These fans have a maximum airflow of 79.8 CFM with a maximum air pressure rating of 3.6 mmH₂O. Fan’s motor takes 0.38A at 12VDC. The ARGB LEDs take 1.08A at 5VDC. They are rated for 2000 RPM max. These fans were reaching the 2100 mark in this regard. Their maximum noise rating is 32.6 dB(A). In our environment, they were peaking at 51 dB(A) at an ambient of 32~33 dB(A). ENERMAX has not mentioned bearings but has mentioned that these fans are rated for a minimum of 100,000 hours MTTF.

Coming back to pump and housing, there are many implementations from ENERMAX. ENERMAX is using patented CCI + SCT technology in this unit. Central Coolant Inlet (CCI) technology injects the coolant at the hottest spot to prevent heat surges. Shunt-channel Technology (SCT) design shortens the coolant flow path, resulting in faster heat transfer. I am not sure if this is a response to early issues with the pumps or not, but there is hope that they will have addressed and fixed those issues. ENERMAX has used a patented Dual-chamber Mechanism. This helps isolate the pump from the heat.

ENERMAX uses a thick diffuser on the top frame of the housing, and the top plate has an infinity mirror design. ENERMAX refers to this as Luminous Aurabelt™ technology and unique Infinite RGB Reflection for a visually stunning experience. There is one catch to this design. ENERMAX text is used in that infinity mirror design, and users can’t change the direction of this text conveniently. This would mean, out of the box, this cooler needs to be installed in one orientation only, which is tube side facing DIMM slots. There is a 3mm copper base measuring 55x55mm. ENERMAX uses mesh-sleeved rubber tubing. This tubing runs to approximately 400mm and does not kink.

The installation is simple, and we have to deal with 10 components to install the pump block on the AMD CPU (AM5 platform). We have a lot of cables to deal with, and users are required to connect an A-RGB cable to a 4-pin header in the pump’s housing. I did not check the effect without connecting this cable, but it seems like it is needed to sync the overall lighting.

The ENERMAX AQUAFUSION ADV 360mm has an MSRP of USD 119.99. ENERMAX is giving a 5-year warranty on this cooler. The performance of this unit is quite good and comparable to many mainstream coolers out there. Since we are now on (Intel Z790 and AMD AM5) platforms, we could not find time to test more units for proper graphical presentation. Fans at full speed are a bit noisy, and we would suggest using a custom fan curve or Auto settings.

We are thankful to ENERMAX for the provision of the testing unit.

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Nauman Siddique
Nauman Siddique
With over 10 years of experience in the Hardware Reviews and Tech Category, I've now worked at multiple publications, reviewing all sorts of products, and continue to do so at Tech4Gamers.

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