We feel that Alphacool is on the right path with a product like the Eiswand. Not everyone is going to use this style of external water cooling, but for those who can take advantage of such a product, it is the best looking option on the market currently, in our humble opinion. The build quality is top-notch, the components used are top tier, and with little instructional help, the loop goes together like a set of Legos. We like redundancy when going for extremes in testing, and using a dual pump system puts us at ease, that we will not burn anything up. We like the lighting of the reservoir and the base, but we do wish it was lit even using the power adapter too.
Alphacool delivers everything needed in one handy package, with little thought or concern needed as to compatibility and appeal. They have you covered from the word go. We also like that you can add in bits to this modular system, and with as much surface area as the Eiswand has, under normal circumstances, the Eiswand should perform sufficiently for you.
Even though we like the idea, and we love the aesthetics of the whole thing, there are some bad parts to this discussion too. First off, the cost is expensive. For that much money being asked for someone to use the Eiswand, we feel it should be topping our charts, and it just isn't. We do realize that we test beyond normal limits, but with a product such as this, we completely expect that those who like the advantages the Eiswand offers, they are going to push their parts like we do, if not more. Sadly, without modifying the system, we do not see this as something that the enthusiast would use for record-setting attempts, even if just to try to outdo their air-cooled efforts.
The only way one can try to improve on performance is to buy six, more powerful, fans, and use more air flow and pressure to elevate the heat from the radiator. Everything else is built in. While you could also change the block to something with different flow characteristics, you may as well start piecing together bits instead of buying a "kit" that is ready to go.
The Alphacool Eiswand is not a horrible product by any means; it just did not live up to our expectations. Mainly this is due to the amount of money involved to get results found in air coolers in the $50 to $100 range; that is a hard pill to swallow. With a price tag of nearly $400, as a niche user of many products, the rest of the world will never use, we can see the need for such a device. Our issues are two-fold with the Eiswand. While we love the looks and ingenuity, it needs to perform much better out of the box.
Secondly, if you are someone who has the need for external water cooling, and like the advantages of quick-disconnect fittings, and an open loop design, you have to fall in love with the Eiswand to overcome the realities. Unless you plan to buy this and tinker with it, which is no easy task to do in the first place, we feel that Alphacool may have a tough go at making the Eiswand the success we feel it could have been.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||84%|
The Bottom Line: While the performance is lackluster, and this is the most expensive cooler we have tested in some time, the Eiswand from Alphacool is almost perfect. The quality, ingenuity, feature set, and external usage should all be applauded, but we do feel that Alphacool left a lot in the tank here.
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United States: The Alphacool Eiswand External CPU Liquid Cooler retails for $XXX at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Alphacool Ice Wall 360 CPU – Black retails for £339.47 at Amazon UK.
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