Alphacool Eisbaer 360 AIO Modular CPU Cooler Review




/ 2 years ago

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A Closer Look


Firstly, we have these lovely Eiswind 12 fans, which operate up to 1700 RPM PWM. They’re very durable, and with black sleeved cables, they look nice and tidy too.

The actual radiator, pump, and tubing, all came pre-assembled and filled with coolant. The Eisbaer is pretty much as close to being an AIO as custom loop can be, without actually being an AIO. It’s as simple as plug and play.

Quick-Release

Those who want to dive into more advanced cooling solutions will love these connectors. Unscrew it, and the valve closes preventing anything more than a couple of drips getting free. Add in a pre-filled GPU block from Alphacool, screw it together, and you’re good to go. It’s that simple.

The liquid levels in all coolers drop over time. However, there’s a standard fill loop on the top here, so you can easily top it up as required. All the hose fittings are removable too, so you can swap them for new ones if needed and they use standard accessories, so even other brands products will work just fine.

The top of the standard block looks great. However, that blue insert is swappable for one of the other ones included with the mod kits.

Built-in Reservoir

One of my favourite features is the window on the side of the block. Obviously, it’s a big block, and that’s because it doubles as the reservoir. From this window, you can see the liquid flow and the impellor turning. Of course, you can check levels, and you’ll see when it’s time to top them up.

The colossal contact plate is a welcome bonus, and it’s pretty thick too, which should aid with general cooling performance. However, its size means it’ll comfortably cover many of the more significant CPUs that are now hitting the market.

More screw in compression fittings on the radiator, all changeable and easy to service if required.

The actual radiator looks stunning. It’s 100% copper, so it’s sure to last and provide excellent heat dissipation. Of course, at 360mm it’s got a lot of surface area to help cool even the most demanding CPUs.

Modding

As we said, there are a few extra bits in the box here. First up, we have this gorgeous clear acrylic XPX CPU block.

How about this Chrome finish block? What I love about these is that the top part can be removed, and even the coloured Alphacool logo.

Add Some Colour

There’s a red and blue top cap. However, you’ll also get the matching mounting hardware. If that’s not enough, there’s also red, green and orange inserts. This is awesome, as you don’t need to buy a whole new pump just to change the aesthetics.

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