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Alphacool Eisbaer Aurora 360 CPU Digital RGB Cooler Review (Page 6)

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

Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications

To see our testing methodology and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article (October 2016) for more information.

Thermal Results

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56-degrees for the stock run isn't horrible, but looking at the chart, many coolers should not be better performers than a semi-custom loop. Simply put, we expected better, way better!

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With more heat put into the loop, it appears that the Eisbaer is not up to the challenge. There is no reason why one would buy water cooling, to end up running head to head with the LEPA NEOllusion, which currently sells for a whopping $31!

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In this test, we look for gains that the PWM fan curve left behind. In this instance, it amounts to just half a degree. The noise of the fans does not increase much doing this, but there isn't anything left in the tank, it seems we topped out on performance here!

Noise Level Results

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The fastest we saw the fans for the stock bench run was 1140 RPM. At this time, while we could not hear the pump at all, we did find the fans to be quiet at just 26dB.

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Adding the heat of the overclock did not seem to push the fans very fast while still under PWM control. We topped out, in this test, at 1300 RPM, which puts out 32dB of noise into the room.

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The last run is with full power to the fans, and this is where we ran into an issue. The fans are specified to run from 800 to 2000 RPM, yet ours stopped climbing at 1500 RPM. However, at this speed, the fans only turn out 35dB, a foot away from the radiator.

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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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