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ID-Cooling Icekimo 120W Liquid CPU Cooler Review

ID-Cooling Icekimo 120W Liquid CPU Cooler Review
ID-Cooling's Icekimo 120W liquid CPU cooler gets fully tested and examined, but should you buy it? Probably not.
By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 3, 2017 2:10 am
TweakTown Rating: 56%Manufacturer: ID-Cooling

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

 

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The tally is small as to the number of coolers we have seen from ID-Cooling before looking at this latest submission. In that time, we have seen an SFF cooler, a standard tower cooler, and have even seen some of their initial attempt at liquid cooling a CPU in a closed loop system. From what we can recall, these designs were all respectable in their specific categories of the CPU cooling market, which leads us to believe that they have a good handle on the demands of today's mainstream and HEDT processors.

 

 

The reason why we are all gathered here now is that ID-Cooling has taken another go with a closed loop liquid cooling system. This time around we are dealing with something entirely different from what we know of the Frostflow series of coolers. Nearly everything about this latest series of coolers has changed. The head unit is no longer round, the AIO is not black in color, there are no red accents, the mounting hardware has changed, and this time around we are offered a sterile and clean looking white AIO. Even the major manufacturers tend to switch things up from time to time, but this has led to hidden issues in the past, which we hope do not rear their ugly head here.

 

ID-Cooling sent us the Icekimo 120W to review and incorporate everything we find into an opinion to either gloat about this design or tell you to pass on such a device. Judging from what we gathered ahead of time, studying the product page and the information sent along with various emails, ID-Cooling has our interest peaked, as we have only had our hands-on one other AIO that chose to go with white as its color choice. Get comfortable with a beverage, and take the journey with us as we point out all the changes and features found with the Icekimo 120W, and see if this sealed loop AIO is the new CPU liquid cooler must have for 2017.

 

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We borrowed this chart from the ID-Cooling product page for the Icekimo 120W, and they pull no punches with the amount of information offered. Compatibility is wide open and covers all current sockets and even some that have long since been EOL. On the Intel side of mounting, anything mainstream made since LGA1366 allows this cooler to fit, and anything since and including AM2 processors will go under it as well. This chart shows the TDP of this cooler to be 150W, but the product page states it is less than or equal to 200W, but we believe the 150W to be right.

 

The aluminum radiator is 154mm in length, 120mm in width, and 27mm in thickness, and is connected to the head unit via 315mm of exposed white tubing. The head unit or the water block of the Icekimo 120W is 68mm square, 36.6mm in height, and has a copper cold plate at the bottom of it. The pump inside of the head unit draws only 0.25A and is shown to spin at 2100 RPM. This impeller spins on a ceramic bearing is said to last 50,000 hours and delivers little noise into the chassis with a 25 dB(A) noise rating.

 

The ID-Cooling ID-12025M12S is the 120mm by 25mm thick fan of choice. Only one comes with this AIO, but it is rated to spin in a range of 700 RPM to 1500 RPM, delivering 62 CFM of airflow. Static pressure isn't high at 1.78mmH2O, the noise level range is good, though, topping out at just 26.4 dB(A) while drawing 12V of power. While the fan will run with as little as 7V, the operating range of the PWM settings has this fan drawing 10.8V and can run up to 13.2V before burning out. At full speed, this fan will draw only 0.25A and 3W, and the bearing of choice for this fan is a hydraulic bearing.

 

Some time has passed since we received the Icekimo 120W, and in that time, we are sad to say that availability on this side of the pond is not all that great. As far as we can see, you must choose between eBay, Allied Express, and Newegg. The first two locations are asking just $62.99 or $63.99 respectively to obtain the Icekimo 120W through them. All three sites are likely to be direct drop shipments from ID-Cooling as they are listed as the seller of two of the three listings, but if you do trust Newegg policy a bit more, they are also the ones with the highest price of $65.99. Right out of the gate, we find this to be affordable for a 120mm radiator based AIO, almost too cheap.

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