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Alphacool Eisbaer Aurora 360 CPU Digital RGB Cooler Review (Page 3)

By Chad Sebring on Feb 11, 2020 10:32 am CST
Rating: 71%Manufacturer: AlphacoolModel: 11286

Alphacool Eisbaer Aurora 360 CPU - Digital RGB CPU Cooler

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Starting with what we have been calling the head unit, our first view of it is the top portion. It is 66mm square with the corners cut and angled slightly. On the top part, we see the fill ports removable cap for topping off the loop, between the pair smooth compression fittings. In front of the fittings is the outline of a bear head, with the power and RGB leads exiting the head unit to the right. Not only does the bear face and the edges light up when powered, so do the Alphacool logo and Eisbaer name!

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To power the pump, the DC-LT 2600 uses the 3-pin fan connection, whose cable is nine inches long, and has been sleeved. The daisy-chained connections in front are for the ARGB controls. This lead is thirteen inches long, which is plenty to get behind the motherboard tray for fan and pump LED connectivity.

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The first look at one of the sides of the head unit has us looking into a window. In that window, we can see the pump impellor, and if you move the block around a bit, you may also see an air bubble or two, since this is the reservoir as well!

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Circling to the right, around the head unit, this side displays the left half of a bear's face. Just like all of the milky-white plastic at the top of this unit, this too will glow once the LEDs inside are on.

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One more turn of the head unit and we get the full face of a bear this time! As all of the other sides are, this bear head is backlit as well.

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The last side, keeping with the theme, has half of a bear head on it, but this time it is the right half.

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There was a protective layer of plastic clinging to the base of the block, but we removed it to take a look at the mating surface. The base metal is copper, which is plated with nickel after the machining. No marks are visible, only a slight waviness to the plating, but the surface is ever so slightly convex.

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Leaving the head unit, we start to move down the stretches of tubing connecting it to the radiator. We found a quick disconnect on the outgoing side of the pump, which allows one to add components to the loop easily. We have seen them in Alphacool loops previous to this, but this time, it is all black and has a much sleeker look than its predecessors.

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The 400mm of tubing we mentioned in the specifications was not given to us by Alphacool. Instead, we did the math from what the tape measure shows in this image. We like the overall length, but the three-quarters of an inch between the radiator fitting and the quick disconnect, makes that section of tubing a pinch point.

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As we have seen from many a maker, when it comes to the radiator, it is a vast space just waiting for some advertisement. Alphacool used the area for their logo, and in the bright blue, there will be no issues seeing who made the loop!

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While there are 240mm, 280mm, and 420mm versions of this view with the Eisbaer Aurora, we have the 360mm ST30 360 radiator attached to ours. Coolant makes two passes through this radiator, as the fans blow air across the fins, set with a 14 to 15 FPI count, depending on where the measurement is taken.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chad Sebring

Jumping into computers for just the aspect of gaming is how it all started for me. After a solid year of gaming, I caught the overclocking bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and I have had both air and water setups to tinker with. With a few years of abusing computer parts, I looked for something new. I then decided to take my chances and try to get a review job with a online site. As an avid overclocker, I am always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals technology.

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