EVGA CLC 120 and CLC 280 are ready for CPU cooling duties

EVGA is showing off a pair of new closed-loop liquid CPU coolers, very simply called the EVGA CLC 120 and CLC 280. EVGA is no stranger to liquid-cooling—it even has graphics cards with CLCs strapped on them. These are the first mount-and-go closed-loop CPU coolers from the company, though. They look pretty slick, and include an RGB-LED-lit EVGA logo on the block itself, plus a new fan design that EVGA says offers "superior cooling and lower noise" over typical radiator fans.

As you probably guessed from the names, the coolers come as a single-fan 120-mm version and as a dual-fan 280-mm model. In either case, the coolers can mount to Intel LGA 115x and LGA 2011 motherboards, and to AMD's AM4 socket. The new fans are a pretty interesting design that eschews most of the frame encircling the fan itself. EVGA says the new fans should help the CLC 120 and CLC 280 stay under 40 dBA in the worst case, which is pretty quiet as these things go.

EVGA's new coolers are available now from the company's web shop. The CLC 120 will set you back $90, while the much larger CLC 280 goes for $130

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    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Those look like low-static pressure, airflow fans for a radiator that really would be better using a higher static pressure design. I think they’re just trying to be different to differentiate themselves from the rather boring look of most radiators on the market. There’s a reason static pressure designs all look similar though…. Function-driven form.

    Just my 2c

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      Came here to comment on the odd fan frame design also. It seems counter-productive to the fan blades which by the looks of them would actually produce a decent amount of static pressure given a standard frame.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah, static pressure designs all look similar with full-height surrounding walls and shallow angle blades.

        The mechanics behind them isn’t difficult to understand:

        1) Trap the air with a surrounding wall so that it has nowhere else to go except in the desired direction.
        2) Reduce the blade angle and inter-blade gap so that the rotor has a higher mechanical advantage against backpressure.

        • slowriot
        • 3 years ago

        They’re marketing the design as something that improves performance. Whether or not that hold ups we’ll just have to see.

      • juzz86
      • 3 years ago

      They’d make a damn sexy case fan, though.

      Agree on the pressure thing by the way – seems counter-intuitive.

      • 275o
      • 3 years ago

      But if the airflow restriction in the rad isn’t that big, maybe it isn’t needed.

      And as most people mount a 280 rad over the CPU, maybe they are interested in disturbing the air over the cpu, making room for cooler air, rather the heat bleeded air from the ram blocks

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        You can see in the screenshot that the cooling vanes in that radiator are very tightly packed and the air channels between each vane aren’t far off the size of a skived heatsink. It’s no coincidence that you tend to see squirrel-cage fans used with skived heatsinks, because the resistance to airflow demands more static pressure than most axial fans can provide.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      I’d wondered if the weird frame would contribute to useless air that doesn’t cool anything escaping out the sides of the fan.

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