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Alphacool Eisbaer 360 and 280 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Manufacturer: Alphacool

Introduction and Specifications

Alphacool's Eisbaer is a line of pre-assembled liquid CPU coolers using standard parts that add quick-release connections to make adding components to the loop simple. Today we'll have a look at the 360 mm and 280 mm versions of the Eisbaer and see what kind of performance you can expect from an all-in-one solution from a respected brand in custom liquid cooling.

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"With the Alphacool “Eisbaer”, we’re offering an extremely quiet high-performance cooler for every CPU on the market currently. A closed water cooling system that’s easy to install and can be easily and safely expanded with its quick-lock closure."

Not all AiO liquid coolers are created equal, of course, with different materials and approaches; and there are generally tradeoffs to be made between design and pricing. The best performance can result in pumps and fans that produce more noise than a high-performance air solution, while some liquid coolers manage to balance noise and performance in a way that makes liquid a far more attractive option - especially when overclocking a CPU.

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True to the premium nature of a product line like this, Alphacool has incorportated first-rate components into the Eisbaer series including all-copper radiators, high-performance fans, and touches like anti-kink springs for the hoses. The capability of easily adding a GPU to the loop with the quick-lock closure (Alphacool offers a line of GPU products called "Eiswolf" that connect with these quick-lock closures) is a nice plus, and the use of standard G1/4 fittings ensures compatibility with custom parts for future expansion/modification.

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The Eisbaer 360 spending some quality time on the test bench

Continue reading our review of the Alphacool Eisbaer 360 and 280 liquid CPU coolers!

Specifications:

  Eisbaer 360 Eisbaer 280
Radiator Triple (360 mm) Double (280 mm)
Fans Eiswind 12
Bearing: Sleeve Bearing
Voltage: 12V
Connector: 4-Pin PWM
RPM: 550 -1700 (+/-10%)
Air flow: 63,85 cfm / 108m³/h
Air pressure: 1,66 mmH2O
Noise from 1m: 29 dB(A)
Eiswind 14
Bearing: Sleeve Bearing
Voltage: 12V
Connector: 3-Pin
RPM: 1100 (+/-10%)
Air flow: 62,31 cfm / 106m³/h
Air pressure: 1,55 mmH2O
Noise from 1m: 29,4 dB(A)
Pump Based on DC-LT Ultra low noise Ceramic – 12V DC
RPM: 2600
operating voltage: 7- 13,5V DC
Power input: 4W
Max. flow in Eisbaer: 70L/h
Max. Discharge head: 0,85m
Tube 11/8mm - 32cm with quick decoupling and Anti-kinking spring
Socket Compatibility AMD Socket AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1/FM2/FM2+/C32/G34
Intel Socket LGA 755/1156/1155/1151/1150/1366/2011/2011-3/604/771

Pricing and availability:

Unboxing

First things first, I had to take the coolers out of the box!

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The coolers arrive well packaged with sturdy inner cartons that keep everything separate and secure.

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Box contents for both coolers (the Eisbaer 360 is pictured above) are identical - other than the size of the radiators and fans, of course. There is also a slight style difference with the 280, as it features 140 mm fans with blue fan blades. We will take a close look at the hardware from both coolers on the next page.


May 24, 2017 | 09:48 PM - Posted by benhaube

I would get one of these if it didn't have the ugly quick disconnect.

May 25, 2017 | 02:03 PM - Posted by TheTolsonator

Less bullshit, more cool shit. Boom, slap it on the box

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