Enthusiasts have always tried to cool their system as much as possible. But cooling usually came with a cost; it was hard to maintain a quiet system while keeping your system extremely cool. With the coming of water cooling, though, users can have extremely cool computers system that doesn't sound like a jet engine. Today we check out one water cooling solution from Ahanix namely in the Ice Berg 1 water cooling kit!
IntroductionEnthusiasts have always tried to cool their system as much as possible. But cooling usually came with a cost; it was hard to maintain a quiet system while keeping your system extremely cool. Air cooling was the way from the moment cpu's starting generating a lot of heat. Enthusiasts kept adding better heat sinks, better fans etc. Now could we have great cooling with low noise, or no noise? Yes we can, with water cooling. Over the years, companies have tried to meet this goal, to give their customers the best water cooling setup while keeping a low noise level. Ahanix seems to have found the solution in the Ice Berg 1 cooler. Today we will test out this water cooling kit provided to us by the folks over at www.exoticpc.com in my first ever review here at TweakTown. Let's move on to the specifications!
Ice Berg 1 - Specifications
SpecificationsCPU JacketDimensions - 69 (W) x 12 (H) x 62 (D) mmCompatibility - Socket A/370/478Inlet/Outlet Size - 3/8 inchesMaterial - 95% Al, 5% Cu AlloySurface - 100% Au CoatedWeight - 110 gramsRadiatorDimensions - 94 (W) x 135 (H) x 46 (D) mmMounts - 2 x 80 mm FansInlet/Outlet Size - 3/8 inchesMaterial - 100% AluminumHousing - ABS ThermoplasticWeight - 240 gramsWater PumpReservoir - 90 (W) x 95 (H) x 100 (D) mmMounts - Internal Padded MountsInlet/Outlet Size - 3/8 inchesMaterial - 100% PolycarbonateThroughput - 150 gal/hourPower Usage - 7 watts
Ice Berg 1 - Packaging
The box cover is a very simple but nice design. In the middle you will find the name of the kit followed by the key features which is towards the bottom. (Silent Operation, Maximum Cooling, Quick Installation and Socket 370/462/478 Compatible) This is just a jacket which you will remove to access the box.
The back of the box basically covers the three main components of the kit in detail. These components are the CPU jacket, the radiator and of course the water pump. Above that, the features and contents of what is included in the box are covered.
Once removing the jacket, you see a different name for the kit as well as a different manufacturer. 3r systems are in fact owned and ran by Ahanix Corp - The reason why it is different then the jacket is because I received an early production sample for testing. The retail box shipped to customers will be revised.
The first thing you discover after opening the box is a manual. We were told my Ahanix that this manual will not be shipped with the retail version, it will be replaced by a much more fluent and easy to follow manual. You can find this manual here.
The bottom layer is where you will find everything you need to install this water cooling kit. In the next few paragraphs, we will go over everything that is included in the package.
Ice Berg 1 - What's Included In-Depth
What's Included In-Depth
Above is a overall layout of everything included in this package.Tubing
The tubing included in this package is quite thick. They have included enough tubing for even more then what's needed for a full tower case. The color of the tubing is blue. This is a good thing for all of you with those windows and cathodes. Water Pump
The water pump is the heart of the water cooling system. This device keeps water circulating through the system. On your left, you can see the specifications of the water pump. It pumps about 150 gal/hour. (600L/hour) The Water Reservoir
The Water Reservoir contains both the water and the water pump. The water pump pumps the water from inside the tank out the holes on the top of this reservoir. The water tank is well built. It features a very thick acrylic cover. The Radiator & Fan
The radiator is used to cool the hot water flowing out from the cpu jacket. It is made up of 100% aluminum. The water passes through the fins and the fan cools them with air circulation. On your right you see the 80 mm fan included with this kit that will cool the radiator. CPU Jacket/P4 Adapter
On the bottom right you see what will sit on top of your cpu. The cold water from the radiator comes in through the entry point and the hot water comes out the other side. This block is 95% Al, 5% Cu Alloy. The adaptor on the top left is what you would use if you are installing this on a Pentium 4 processor. Unfortunately, you will need to use a clip to secure this adaptor which comes with the retail HSF. For those who bought their cpu OEM or got rid of there old stock HSF, they will need to go and purchase a stock cooler just to be able to use this kit with there Pentium 4. Cables & Clips
Above you see what we are describing it as cables and clips. Starting from the left, you have your clamps to securely tighten the tubing to the iceberg system. Beside that you have all the screws necessary to mount this system to your case. To the right of that you have your AMD clip. And finally on the far right you have a power connector.Let's get this thing installed now.
Ice Berg 1 - Installation
InstallationSince I received a early review sample kit, the manual included is not the one that will be in the retail kit. You can find the retail instruction manual online here.Below you will find pictures of the installation provided to us by Ahanix. Cutting the tubes
You need to cut the tubing into four pieces. Make sure that you cut the right amount of tubing since it differs from the case to case as well as the position of each of the parts. Setting up the reservoir
You need to cut about 4 cm of tubing and attach the top of the water pump to the top casing of the water tank. After you have done that, you run the power cable through the marked hole on the top of the casing and clamp it down.
Then you will need to put the pump into the water tank and close the top casing with 4 screws included. Installing the radiator
The first step to installing the radiator is installing the 80 mm fan included on the back of the radiator. This is done with 4 screws included with this kit.
Now you need to mount the radiator to the back of the case with 4 screws. The screws included are a bit big but they really keep the radiator in place. Installing the CPU Jacket
Above you can see the installation for a p4 setup. It is quite simple. First you place the block on top of your cpu. Following that you mount the p4 adapter on it. Finally you use the clip included with your stock HSF to secure it in place.It would have been nice for Ahanix to include one of these clips since not everyone still has there p4 stock cooler lying around. Water Testing
Finally we needed to make sure there isn't any leak in our setup. We ran tests for about 24 hours. Once we saw there were no leaks, we clamped it on our CPU and started testing.
Ice Berg 1 - Test System and Benchmarks
BenchmarksTest SystemProcessor: AMD Athlon XP 1800+Motherboard: Abit KX7333RMemory: 256 Micron DDRVideo Card: ATI 8500 All In Wonder 128mbHard Disk: IBM 40GPX 20GB Software Used: CPU ToastResults
I used CPU Toast for this benchmark since it has proven to seriously max out your CPU with 100% load. As you can see above, the Ice Berg 1 water cooling kit performs slightly better then the Swiftech MCX 462 in both idle and load states.What is astonishing is the noise level. The water cooling kit was extremely quiet (under 25 DBA) and it still maintained great performance. The Swiftech performed a bit worse but was almost double the DBA (40 DBA). The loudest part in my computer was my hard drive with the Ice Berg.
Ice Berg 1 - Conclusion
ConclusionIt seems that we may have found the solution to a problem we have been challenging for years. It is possible to have great performance without having a loud computer. The solution is the Ice Berg I water cooling kit. Though many other water coolers on the market may have performed much better than this kit, there is one thing you should remember. This is considered a budget water cooling kit and is only a mere $99 USD over at Exoticpc . This is a steal for any of those out there that want great cooling, low noise levels but do not want to drill a hole in your pocket. Finally we would like to thank Peter Kim over at Exoticpc for providing us with this sample for review. - ProsExtremely quietGood performanceGreat price- Cons- No Pentium 4 heat sink clipsRating - 9/10
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