Liquid Freezer III: beware of frame contact with Intel warranty


Arctic recently unveiled its new Liquid Freezer III all-in-one watercooling kits, then launched them. Although we haven’t yet tested them, the initial results are interesting and show improved performance compared to the previous generation… But there’s a catch, especially on the Intel side!

Liquid Freezer III: check your Intel socket warranty!

Arctic Liquid Freezer III - LGA custom ILMIf the kit offers serious performance and a very low noise level, it comes with a big counterpart: it’s highly likely that your Intel warranty will blow. The reason behind this is the use of a custom ILM.

In order to maximize performance on Intel sockets , Arctic offers an in-house contact frame for mounting its pump. This refers to the very high pressure exerted by the LGA-1700 socket on the CPU (40 kg), deforming its IHS and damaging contact with the pump base. With the Arctic solution, the pressure on the CPU is much better distributed: 0 deformation or almost.

According to Gamers Nexus, Arctic’s ILM, while not as powerful as Thermalright’s, is far better than Intel’s basic ILM. This translates into lower temperatures than Liquid Freezer II and, consequently, lower noise levels.

In the end, is it all worth it? That’s for you to decide. Nevertheless, we would have appreciated it if Arctic had provided a standard LGA-1700 mounting kit for its kit, as well as its custom ILM for users looking for maximum performance.