Terminator T-1001 is back: Liquid Metal LMX announced


Danish company Danamics ApS got its shot at fame when the company announced its first liquid metal product, the LM10. The company’s representative behavior in our conversation was a bit odd, citing their product was "EU-only" and so on. After first reviews hit out and performance was unveiled we learned the reason "why the long face."

Liquid metal flows inside these heatpipes... powered by a 1W electromagnetic pumpThe company is now launching a new product, hinting at better performance than the LM10. The name LMX marks a new CPU cooler, unique from every single cooler out there [LM10 was EoL’ed after 2 months]. The cooler uses the air to cool the CPU, but the "secret sauce" lies hidden within the heatpipes; liquid metal. The way that they get the liquid metal to move through the heatpipe is through using an electromagnetic motor. In the previous design, the LM10, there were concerns that the magnetic field created by this motor could affect certain components which further stifled excitement about this technology. But that was then, and the LMX is now. The LMX claims 300% better flow within the heatpipes and they also claim that the magnetic field has decreased approx. 1000 times over the previous model.

From what it looks like, Danamics is not comparing the LMX to other consumer coolers out there in their technical specifications. But rather, they are trying to show the improvements they have made over the previous model to potentially entice people to give them a 2nd look. The claim of reducing the EMI [Electromagnetic Interference] by 1000% is probably made to ease the concerns a lot of cooling experts had on their mind.

To continue their ?remade? campaign, they also say that they?ve redesigned the CPU retention mechanism in order to have the best contact possible and that it is easier to install ?than ever before.? This time, the LMX also comes with a usable fanbox that already has two fans pre-installed on it to create a push/pull design. This housing is entirely made out of plastic, and the fins are made out of nickel-plated aluminum while the heatpipes themselves are nickel-plated copper on the outside. You can see the cooler’s features on a well-designed website, but be warned: there is no way to turn the sound off [not that it’s loud or anything, but users of tabbed browsing might want to "X" the tab after the visit].

To be honest, this cooler looks like a REAL performance CPU cooler. This thing looks like, based on its improvements and specs, to be a real competitor. As many people know the Thermalright Ultra Extreme 120 is still considered to be one of the best air coolers out there for your money and is very hard to beat for the price. We like several design features, such as easy removal of the fans using not more than two push pins from each side. We don’t know what is the environmental noise, but putting GELID or Noctua fans is the first thing that comes to mind. Then again, at the price of 160 euros not including tax, this cooler should come without any need to replace fans with a 3rd party product – they have to be perfect. The cooler iself is quite big, at 158.2x170x5x90mm [6.2×6.7×3.5 inches], and weighs in massive 1.2 kilograms [2.6 pounds]. This includes two fans from SilenX and several Socket mounts, supporting Socket AM2/AM2+/AM3 for AMD platform and Intel’s LGA-775/1156/1366.

From what we’ve seen, that cooler is usually only beaten by maybe a degree or two centigrade while spending double the cost of the TRUE 120. If Danamics wants to compete with the likes of Thermalright and the other cooler manufacturers, they need a solid product for a reasonable price. The LMX looks promising, but as we always say? looks can be deceiving and we reserve our judgment until we can get our hands on one for testing.

UPDATE #1 October 29th, 2009 11:20AM GMT – We received word from Mr. George Clarkson, an industry expert. "Reduced EMI and two fans in push pull config, all make for a good performer… but then again, the TRUE comes home with only 50?… why should I spend 160? to have the same level of performace? Availability is another issue." Also, George raised an issue with the electromagnetic pump: "Also, there is one concern…power consumption. Usually, a 120mm fan can consume up to 3W, meaning this cooler would consume 5-6W for fan power alone. But the site does not explain how does the electromagnetic pump work – can it be powered by the motherboard, or does it need an additional power supply?"