Liquid Freezer II Revision 3 Mounting issues

Liquid Freezer Rev. 2

During the last few weeks, we have received queries concerning the mounting of Liquid Freezer II coolers on AM4 motherboards. Unfortunately, some AMD AM4 boards are incompatible or only partially compatible with the AMD mounting clips supplied with Liquid Freezer II Rev. 3 cooler.

We understand your frustration and apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused you, particularly for customers who needed to wait longer time for an answer from our support teams during the holiday times.

Here is a short guide about the most common issues when mounting a Liquid Freezer II cooler on AM4 motherboards and how you can handle them. Please note that Intel motherboards are fully compatible:

#1: Non-standard backplate

Some AM4 motherboard manufacturers have used a backplate that does not stick out as much as the standard one on the top of the motherboard. As a result, the standoffs we used are too short, which can potentially lead to difficulty installing the cooler.

On Rev. 3 coolers, there is an additional issue as for some boards: the clip can interfere with capacitors or inductors instead of floating above them.

Which products are affected?
Liquid Freezer II Rev. 3 are affected to varying degrees depending on the AM4 motherboard.

What is the solution?
Please contact our support to get a backplate that complies with official AMD specifications free of charge.

#2: Loose backplate

In earlier versions of the AM4 socket, backplates were stuck adhered to the motherboard. In new versions of the motherboard, the backplate is no longer adhered to the motherboard. As a result, when installing our cooler, the backplate, standoff and clips are not able to be tightly secured to the board, leaving it wobbly. Once the cooler is installed, however, there is no further wobbling.

Which products are affected?
Liquid Freezer II Rev. 3.

What is the solution?
Expected behaviour, there is nothing to worry about. When the cooler is fully assembled, there is no wobbling.

#3: Wrong thread on screws

The small M3x5 screws used to secure the clip on the standoffs have a wrong thread, as a result it is not possible to screw the clip in place properly (the screw goes in halfway only).

Wrong screw (on the left) can not be screwed all the way, correct screw (on the right) can be screwed completely

Which products are affected?
Some Liquid Freezer II Rev. 3 coolers are affected.

What is the solution?
If you experience this problem, please contact our support and they will provide you the replacement screw packs free of charge. You can also use a standard M3x5 screw, commonly available to screw the 2.5″ HDD/SSD.

The factory production has been adjusted and the problem is solved.

#4: M.2/VRM interference

Our special clip extends outside the socket area when using the offset mount that we recommend for Ryzen 3000/5000 series. As a result, the clip collides with the M.2 or VRM components right outside the socket area of some motherboards.

Which products are affected?
All Liquid Freezer II Rev. 3 coolers are affected. This issue only exists when using offset mounting for Ryzen 3000/5000.

What is the solution?
Please use the standard mount, not the offset mount.

Current clip (rev3) in offset position collides with M.2 cover
Current clip (rev3) in standard mount position fits without problem.

Where can you check your revision number?

The Revision number can be checked near the barcode. See below:

Thank you again for bringing these issues to our attention—please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further concerns.

Large-scale CPU Water Cooling: The Liquid Freezer II 420

Liquid Freezer II 420 Liquid cooler launch

“Will ARCTIC ever release the Liquid Freezer II in bigger sizes?”

This is one of the most common questions we get from our social media community about our award-winning Liquid Freezer II CPU water cooling series. Well, now we can give you a straight answer: Yes, we will!

Meet the Liquid Freezer II 420. With three 140 mm ARCTIC P-fans and a 458 mm-long radiator, the Liquid Freezer II 420 is ARCTIC’s largest and most powerful liquid cooler yet.

Since its release at the end of 2019, our all-in-one series Liquid Freezer II has been winning over hardware enthusiasts and independent tech reviewers worldwide.

If you’re planning to boost your gaming rig and could use a fresh ARCTIC breeze, this is definitely the CPU cooler to add to your Christmas list! For the extremely low price of 119.99€ and $139.99 here’s what you can expect:

  • Compatible with Intel & AMD Sockets
  • In-house Developed PWM Controlled Pump
  • High Performance allows Overclocking
  • Motherboard VRM Cooling Solution
  • Pressure Optimised Fans
  • Fully Sleeved Tubes
  • Integrated Cable Management
  • Maintenance-free Water Loop
  • Secure Hold with Backplate
  • MX-4 Thermal Paste Included

By the way, here’s the second most-asked question about the Liquid Freezer II: “Are we ever going to get a white version of the Liquid Freezer II?”

Guess you’ll have to stay tuned for a bit longer to find it out!

ARCTIC SNEAK PEEK: LIQUID FREEZER II SERIES

Liquid Freezer II

Psst…want to see something cool?

We’re just about ready to launch our Liquid Freezer II Series, the highly anticipated follow-up to our original AiO water cooler. While we can’t share all the details just yet, we can give you sneak peek. This way, you can see for yourself just how good it’s going to look in your in your system.

We’ll let Vincent André, our Technical Director, tell:

Some technical details…

The pump is powered by a three-phase motor, which allows it to achieve higher efficiency and smoother operation. When we got the idea to add a VR cooling fan, which came with further integration challenges. This, however, went well with the choice of the 40mm diagonal fan and its integration over the cooling plate. We’re also quite proud of the cable management, as there are almost no visible cables in the product, even for the 360 variant.

About the new pump…

ARCTIC is a company that puts innovation at the core of its product line, but we found ourselves using the same pump as most of the competition in the market. So, we saw this as an opportunity to challenge ourselves by bringing our own design to the market. Further, having worked with Asetek, we also knew both what aspects of their module was great and what aspects didn’t work well for us. We took great care to match them on the strengths while adding solutions for our ARCTIC-specific needs.

About the challenges in process…

As explained before, the patent protection was one of them. The second and biggest was actually the experience: experience can’t be acquired just by downloading it. You need to test things, fail, learn from missed attempts, then repeat that again and again until experience comes. Going into it, we already knew a lot about water cooling, but doing it ourselves made us learn way more deeply. Some things that seemed trivial were, in reality, very different than we had anticipated. In addition to acquiring the experience needed to create great CPU cooler, we of course did not want to release a product without thoroughly testing it. We spent time making sure that the cooler would not only work for the user when they get it, but also for years to come. Value for money is a core ARCTIC principle, and for that reason, we spent a lot of time refining the design but even more time making sure the production process was totally mastered.

Value for money, indeed! But don’t take our word for it. We let a few people check out the prototype earlier this year. Here’s what they had to say:

Kitguru

Vortez

Hardware Hounds

PC Games Hardware DE

Vonguru

Benchmark.pl

Overclockers.ua

Hmm…is it just us, or is there a chill in the air?

Parts of this article were published by Kitguru 7.9.2019