The arrival of AMD Threadripper platform back in August caused a few ripples of excitement for many enthusiasts. However AMD’s latest high-core count chips require plenty of decent cooling if you want to budge them anywhere past stock settings. For many a simple All-in-One cooler is the obvious choice, especially now that there are so many easy-to-install closed-loop variants available these days. When it comes to Threadripper you might not always be getting the most effective AiO closed-loop cooler experience, simply because of the size the chip itself. The TR4 platform is monster big compared to AM4. The surface area of the Threadripper die is way more than most coolers are designed to cope with, which is why some companies are offering coolers that are purpose built for Threadripper and use broader cold plates.
One such company that is pushing out TR4 specific design is Enermax. The Enermax Liqtech 240 and 360 is designed with a wide cold plate that should, in theory offer better thermals than the standard rounded ones that most of us have been using. JayzTwoCents, yes that guy again, has been playing around to find out if using TR4-specific cooler really helps with overclocking in his latest video. Yes… once again a mainstream YouTuber getting down to some overclocking for the masses (…161K views so far pretty much means masses). His video introduces the Enermax Liqtech TR4 cooler, the installation process involved and also look at how well the cooler does under load with Cinebench R15. He also gets down to some basic overclocking to see how the temps reach once higher voltages and frequencies are applied.
Gamers Nexus have also done some great contest focused on how well Threadripper compatible coolers. This video from Steve Burke examines a bunch of coolers that are Threadripper-optimized including the Enermax Liqtech and also a Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3, an air cooler build (as the name would suggest) for the new Threadripper parts. As ever Steve gives some great in-depth insights.