3RSystem IceAge 120

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Heatsink Test – Joe

SUMMARY: Top performer and suitable for aggressive cooling.

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The good guys at 3RSystem were nice enough to send a sample of their heatpipe heatsink called the IceAge 120. This unit consists of four heatpipes which directly contact the CPU’s IHS cooled by a 120 mm fan (speed controller included to moderate noise).

Key Features

  • Features 4 heatpipes directly contacting CPU’s IHS

    Base
  • Size: 126 x 75 x 150; Weight: 590 grams
  • LED Fan: 120 mm; Speed: 1,000 ~ 2,200 rpm with speed control; Airflow: 53.3 ~ 78.5 cfm
  • Intel CPUs: Core 2 Duo, Dual Core Pentium D, Pentium 4, Celeron D
  • AMD CPUs: Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X 2, Athlon 64, Opteron, Sempron

Parts that ship with the heatsink includes a speed controller, 120 mm fan and a heatsink mount which does not require removing the motherboard from the case. The clip is very easy to engage and securely mounts the heatsink to the CPU:

Parts

Test Results

The IceAge was tested on an Asus P5WD2 motherboard P4 Motherboard Test Platform with a modified Pentium D 805 to read CPU case temps (both supplied by Directron).

Heatsink

Case Temp

Ambient Temp

C/W

On-Die Temp¹

IceAge, 1973 rpm, 55 dBA²

34.9

20.6

0.15

42

¹MBM on-die temperatures.
²50 dBA measured 8″ from the fan intake corresponds to about 30 dBA measured 3 feet from the fan, a very quiet noise level.

Results place the IceAge in the topmost rank of heatsinks tested to date (Heatsink Ranking) with the fan at its highest speed setting; at the lowest setting the fan is almost silent – inside a case, the fan on low will not be noticeable.

CONCLUSIONS

The IceAge 120 is a top performer and suitable for aggressive cooling with a speed controller to moderate fan noise for “normal” use at low noise – overall a very nice cooling solution.

Disclosure: Joe Citarella has a financial interest in a company developing cooling products for electronic chip cooling.

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