Aesthetically, in general, we like that the Icekimo 120W is white, and on paper, it seems like something you would want to run out and grab. The sad thing is, we feel we saw the best from this cooler when we were looking at the ID-Cooling product images on their site. If it were one thing wrong, we could see mentioning it and move on, but there are so many small problems which lead up to one bigger problem. There is no denying our disappointment in its performance, in hand, it feels like a toy compared with many other AIOs, and we do not feel it is ID-Cooling's best work to date.
The first issue we have with the Icekimo 120W is in its build quality. The header was not installed correctly on the radiator, it did not leak, but it was obviously wrong. The amount of air heard running from end to end in the AIO was almost scary, and with a quarter to a third of the radiator being filled with air, well let's just say it isn't helping performance any. Exposed tubing is all well and good, as it looks great now, but it will darken over time and will stain if your hands are dirty when getting near it. It just seems like no matter where we turned, it was an issue here, and issue there, and we haven't even touched on the hardware yet.
The lack of any way to lock the studs into the backplate is silly. AIOs need pressure on the CPU to do their job, and with no way to ensure there is much pressure at all, it negates moving to water in the first place. The fact that the washers were too small is a minor oversight, as we did quickly rig them to work for us, but not being able to lock the larger nuts properly to the motherboard, or the head unit screws, right out of the gate ID-Cooling was running an uphill race carrying an elephant. Looks can only go so far, without performance, you may as well stick to the basic $20 aftermarket air cooler of choice these days.
Found in a range of $62.99 to $65.99 depending on where you shop, it should have been a huge red flag in the beginning. Most coolers of this kind make a release at $89 to $99, but we did mention there might be a reason why this Icekimo 120W is so affordable. In the end, while this is better than the stock cooling solution in most instances, if that is all you are looking to do, buy a white air cooler and have at it. The hassle you must go through, the fact that performance is low, and the fact that with a similarly priced air cooler you could run four to six degrees cooler, we just do not see the ID-Cooling Icekimo 120W being a hot item. If it were our money, we would keep looking at other options.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||56%|
The Bottom Line: Not the worst cooler we have ever tested, but there are issues throughout the entire unit. Whether it was loose hardware, the toy-like feel of it, or the lack of performance, the Icekimo 120W is only cool when you look at it, and that's it.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [ID-Cooling Icekimo 120W Liquid CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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