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Enermax ETS-F40-FS ARGB

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Enermax looks to turn heads with its ETS-F40-FS ARGB coolers. Available in black or white with ARGB lighting, this asymmetrical single-tower design sports a quiet 140 mm fan for those looking to add some visual flair without excessive noise.

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And where is the Deepcool AS500 from the list? It is a pity that it has not been compared because AS500 is a very good cooler with excellent performance! (with good price)
 
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O.
M.
F.
G.......

How the hell did this happen ?

The world must be ending now...

because somebody actually released a "WHITE" cooler that is.... oh crap, what's that word I'm lookin for ?

oh yea:

WHITE :D :D :D
 

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And where is the Deepcool AS500 from the list? It is a pity that it has not been compared because AS500 is a very good cooler with excellent performance! (with good price)
2 new test systems 9 hrs of testing per system. I moved over roughly 20 coolers that works out to 360 hours of work. Not counting the mounting process, preliminary testing, etc. as such not all coolers will be carried forward.
 
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Anyone buying this for a Ryzen 9 or a i7 is gonna get a lesson in thermal dynamics...
800g heatsink is some serious meat, to make up for the paint job presumably...
 
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This cooler got obliterated by the 30usd ID-Cooling SE 224XT, the SE224XT is now my go-to budget CPU cooler.
 
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Considering a major total system upgrade in a few months time to "Alder Lake" and its associated goodies like DDR5, PCIe 5, 16-cores and the much more advanced Z690 Mobos (LGA 1700) now getting readied. Guess buying any coolers of any sort right now does not make any sense? Wondering if the manufacturers will offer FREE retrofits to taking care of the much larger CPU footprint Alder Lake will mandate? And of course taking care of their existing loyal customers which if any in good faith have purchased a expensive AIO in the past year, will get a new free pump head and if needed new hoses to cool their new generation purchases. Naturally retrofit functionality and satisfaction 100% guaranteed by the manufacturers or your money back. Premium coolers are said to carry the user 5-years or longer. WTF. Many would say that I must be dreaming and not knowing that manufacturers profits always drive the bus. But what do I know I cannot even drive a school bus.
 
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O.
M.
F.
G.......

How the hell did this happen ?

The world must be ending now...

because somebody actually released a "WHITE" cooler that is.... oh crap, what's that word I'm lookin for ?

oh yea:

WHITE :D :D :D

Enermax has a history of true white stuff though. This isn't new ;)

But I feel ya regardless. Most companies give us white versions that are half black or metallic.
 
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I was testing 3 Enermax ETS-F40-FS coolers (regular, black and ARGB) with Ryzen 5900X. All had +/- the same results which were +/- the same as Noctua NH-U12S/U12S chromax.black. I'm not sure why in this review, some test results are so bad on these Enermax coolers. I was testing it on a different platform so hard to compare but I'm just saying that something isn't right here.
 
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Considering a major total system upgrade in a few months time to "Alder Lake" and its associated goodies like DDR5, PCIe 5, 16-cores and the much more advanced Z690 Mobos (LGA 1700) now getting readied. Guess buying any coolers of any sort right now does not make any sense? Wondering if the manufacturers will offer FREE retrofits to taking care of the much larger CPU footprint Alder Lake will mandate? And of course taking care of their existing loyal customers which if any in good faith have purchased a expensive AIO in the past year, will get a new free pump head and if needed new hoses to cool their new generation purchases. Naturally retrofit functionality and satisfaction 100% guaranteed by the manufacturers or your money back. Premium coolers are said to carry the user 5-years or longer. WTF. Many would say that I must be dreaming and not knowing that manufacturers profits always drive the bus. But what do I know I cannot even drive a school bus.
you can always get a top end Noctua, (I'm assuming) they'll sent ya free mount when lga1700 comes out. they are really just attaching a heatsink with very premium fans.
but if considering your wait, and the fact that you are asking, you probably don't need a new cooler rn.
we are in between a generation. 115x and 1200 used the same mount hole now for 13 years. the new socket is just that much larger so its time for new mounting holes. definitely not expecting AM5 to keep same mounting holes either. while good air cooler can last forever, as long as heat produced is in check, liquid cooler comes with more issues, and AIO's are usually just one-piece. for custom water cool the update is easy as swapping the head.
I mean, this cooler doesn't make sense...its white...
 

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I was testing 3 Enermax ETS-F40-FS coolers (regular, black and ARGB) with Ryzen 5900X. All had +/- the same results which were +/- the same as Noctua NH-U12S/U12S chromax.black. I'm not sure why in this review, some test results are so bad on these Enermax coolers. I was testing it on a different platform so hard to compare but I'm just saying that something isn't right here.
on the Intel platfrom they were within a couple degrees of each other so not sure what your implying? The NH-U12S barely survived the OC tests in most situations. On the AMD side, with the various chiplets means the IHS varies a bit more, that variation can influence contact between the IHS and the heatpipes, While I did get good contact and overall coverage, It was not nearly to the same level as say an NH-U12S.

So while the cooler handles the stock CPUS just fine, the other aspect to keep in mind is the TDP of both processors under load, the Intel chip is 200-watts in the OC test that is not even the maximum this chip can do under stock turbo situations, and the AMD chip is pretty much at 150-watts. Most 4 heatpipe coolers are going to struggle here. As such the stock results on both chips would be comparable to running a lower tier CPU and the OC tests separate the good from the best.

Is the enermax a bad cooler? no it does the job its made for but its not a high end cooler. With rising costs and inflation this would normally in my own estimation be a 35-40 cooler at $50 the competition is just far harsher. Still it is using a cheaper base design and is more focused on aesthetics. The design also shows it works better on an Intel IHS with better pressure, and better overall contact. Maybe its my sample but everything is intact, the fan works through the entire RPM range, the heatpipes have no issues and the fins arent bent corroded or otherwise compromised. So maybe it works better on the 5900 series than the 3900 series. But not all CPUs are the same and results will differ. For example the Scythe Fuma 2 is still a damn good cooler but on the older test bench it readily excelled on the newer higher core count CPUs performance fell way off. Thats just how it is.

I am also testing everything 3 times in every test, with multiple mounts to verify tim spread etc. and in a controlled environment. Every test and mount gave results within a 1C margin of error. so the reported result is 55 i may see 54 and 56 but typically I dont see any change in peak readings (just an example). When mounting mechanisms are problematic or the IHS is real bad (Corsair A500) the swing can be brutal.)
 
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Thanks for the review. I know CPU coolers aren't the most flashy things to review but it's still cool to see the breakdowns and see how they all perform in a controlled setting
 

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