Arctic Liquid Freezer III 240 A-RGB Black

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Arctic has renewed their Liquid Freezer series, and we have now reached the 3rd edition. The design has been updated, but the characteristics of a VRM fan remain. The fan offers optimization in cable management, better cooling properties. Next to that, it is ready for the future CPU from Intel.

Before we take a closer look at the Liquid Freezer III 240 A-RGB Black from Arctic, I found the specifications from Arctic's website.

The technical specifications:

  • Intel Socket: 1700, 1851
  • AMD Socket: AM4, AM5
  • Fan Size: 120mm x 120mm x 25mm
  • Fan Speed (100%): 2000 rpm
  • Noise Level (100%): 10.64 dB
  • Pressure: 1.85 mm H2O (Max)
  • Pump speed (rpm): -
  • Pump connector: 4-pin
  • RGB connector: ARGB
  • Tube length (mm): 450
  • Size & Weight radiator
    • (H x W x D) 294 x 171 x 142 mm
    • 1925 g

All about the Liquid Arctic Liquid Freezer III 240 A-RGB Black

As mentioned, the Liquid Freezer III 240 A-RGB Black comes with a VRM fan, like previous models, where it is mounted on the pump head. They have also re-evaluated the contact frame, which should be around the CPU on Intel, and made it have better contact and better cooling. 

It comes with several cables, which make it possible to mount either a cable that controls boats, fan, pump head and VRM fan, or you can mount a splitter so you can adjust the speed independently of each other.

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With the latest cooler, Arctic has also chosen to say goodbye to older Intel sockets, making it only usable with Intel's latest LGA1700 and the upcoming LGA1851. Included in the package, we get a mounting kit for Intel and AMD. We also have the latest MX-6 cooling paste, and various wires.

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The fans installed from the start are Arctic's own fans Arctic P12 PWM A-RGB 120mm. They use the Fluid Dynamic bearing, which produces a low sound level and still has a high air pressure. With the PWM connection, you can set the cooler to adjust the speed based on the temperature of your CPU, with a maximum of 2000 RPM.

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Although the previous model has been a good result, Arctic has not stopped here. They have chosen to further develop the pump head, and created a pump head that provides better cooling and a lower noise level.

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As mentioned, you get everything necessary to mount the Arctic Liquid Freezer III 240 A-RGB Black, however, it is only reserved for the new Intel sockets and the new AMD. At Intel it is a bracket that replaces the entire CPU holder which is already on the motherboard. This creates a better contact between the pump head and the CPU.

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Once mounted on the motherboard, mount the pump head and screw it in place.

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The Test – Use and Performance

Test system

  • MSI MEG Z690 Unify
  • Intel I7 12900K
  • MSI Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti
  • 32 GB HyperX Fury DDR5 5200 MHz CL36
  • Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB SSD
  • Seasonic Prime TX-1300

Test software

  • Cinebench (Benchmark)
  • HWinfo64 (Monitoring)


The test is set up so that we first warm up the system with Cinebench for 5 minutes. Then run it further for 10 minutes where we measure the average temperature in HWiNFO64. We then finally subtract the room temperature at the given time and land on a delta temperature to give as neutral a picture as possible. The fans are set to run at full speed, so that you get a picture of the maximum cooling performance with the load we are now giving it. It should give a real picture of how much you can stress on the different coolers, and whether they can take more or less than what we give it.

**After following up a bit on the I9 12900K and heat generation, I have chosen to turn off Hyper-Threading, to give the cooler the opportunity to show what it can do, rather than pushing the CPU to its maximum. All tests in the future will run like this.

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The measurements:

  • Room temperature: ~ 24 degrees
  • Fan speed: ~ 2000 RPM
  • TDP: 205W

We start by looking at idle, where the Arctic Liquid Freezer III 240 A-RGB ranks well among the others, with a delta temperature of 4 degrees.

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If we go on to stress the system a little, we get a result of 59 degrees in delta temperature. Which is a bit high among the others. However, it is a mixture between 120, 240 and 280mm. However, it managed to reach 205W, rather than some of the others, which were around 200W. However, I doubt that 5W extra can be to blame for it being around +10 degrees in delta temperature.

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Noise level

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Our noise measurements were made with a UNI-T UT353 dB meter. The measurements were made in a "real world" setup and therefore not in a sound chamber. External influences have of course been tried to be reduced as much as possible, but as I said, this has not been done in a sound chamber. Our measurements must therefore most of all be taken as a general indicator and not a scientific measurement. They primarily serve as a basis for comparison across tested products, which are always tested under as comparable conditions as possible.

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It has not been possible to find the Liquid Freezer III 240 A-RGB in some stores. But it is possible to find it at Arctic itself. Where it has a price of around 130$.

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Arctic is not new to the field, and this can also be seen with the product they have come up with. They have come up with a product where many small details have been thought about, from optimization of cooling capacity, sound level but also as simple as the cables.

In addition to that, they have also looked at the actual connection between the cooler and the CPU, where they have chosen a different path than we normally see. With a bracket that covers the entire CPU and thereby should create a better contact. This, I could easily imagine, is starting to become more widespread.

If we look at the performance itself, we have to take into account that it is a 240mm, but compared to the others the result was a little high, even though it pushed out a little more watts than the other coolers. Therefore, it manages to be quite average in the result, and does not manage to differentiate itself from the pack.

Arctic still sticks to no software, and for many this is undoubtedly a plus in the book, it also makes the cooler simple in assembly and setup, where you only have to adjust it in the BIOS if necessary. This means that the Liquid Freezer III 240 A-RGB retains its status with me as a cooler that is good "out of the box".

The noise level itself is fortunately on the low end, and this is probably also where many will prioritize this over other coolers. This also allows us to end the test with a solid score of 8 out of 10. The Liquid Freezer III 240 A-RGB is a safe choice for a cooler, where you get a reasonable product, but it fails to differentiate itself significantly different from other models.


  • Easy to install
  • Beautiful design
  • Reasonable noise level
  • No software
  • The fans are daisy chain
  • Cooling of the VRM


  • Average performance

Score: 8

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