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Alphacool Eisbaer 240mm Open-Loop AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 12:20 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Alphacool

Installation and Finished Product

 

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Picking which team you need the hardware from to mount the cooler to your motherboard, you take the two halves of the top bracket, and install them onto the head unit. You simply slide it in the groove on the sides, and with a bit of pressure, the two sides lock together as one unit.

 

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At this time, you may as well also address the installation of the mounting screws. First, take one of the screws used to mount the cooler, and slide a spring to the head of the screw. That is followed by a washer before putting it through the bracket. Once that is done, secure it all together with the nuts provided in the same hardware bag.

 

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The Intel backplate is made to be installed in only one direction. One of the edges around the middle is notched and allows the top pair of socket screws to clear the plate. If this is turned another way, it could complicate aligning the screws when you mount the head unit, and it will also not allow the tape to stick to the sockets back plate.

 

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On this end of the kit, the only thing left to do is to add some paste to the CPU and install the head unit. You also want to be sure to connect the 3-pin lead, as this is the driving force of the Eisbaer as well.

 

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Something to keep in mind with a kit such as this is the overall height of the unit once it is installed. The top of the head unit sits less than 70mm from the CPU, but with the fittings on the top, there an additional 30-40mm of height to deal with. This may make this unit less favorable in tight confines versus one with swivel fittings.

 

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Once the head unit is installed, it is easy to see why this window is more for filling purposes and less for a view. While in some cases, you might be able to see into this window while it is running, most cases will not afford the view. Since this window is at the top of the motherboard, it is likely the radiator would block any view once installed.

 

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In our D-Frame, the Eisbaer has enough tubing to get us easily to the top of the chassis. The tubing on the left did require some tension to do this, but the bend angle wasn't too bad, and if it were worse, we have the anti-kink coil to help us further, if needed. We also like the match of the OCOOL on both the radiator and head unit; it is a nice touch.

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