New Iceberg Thermal coolers, fans and pastes
While many companies are fighting today’s pitfalls and struggling to survive, an experienced team of developers is launching a new brand into the world that is going to deal with computer cooling. Under the Iceberg Thermal banner, a wide portfolio of ready-to-sell processor coolers and fans is now available. And the good thing is that all Iceberg Thermal designs offer some invention.
We only learned about the existence of Iceberg Thermal yesterday after we received an offer to test some of the company’s products, exclusively before they start selling.
Iceberg Thermal consists of an experienced team of American developers who supposedly has 15 years of experience in the industrial market. And now they plan to pass this experience on to end consumers. The presentation on iceberg-thermal.com is very impressive and a large number of products that are not so common in the beginnings (in such a quantity) is also remarkable.
Up to six models with different designs of processor coolers are ready. From large dual-tower constructions gradually to cheaper slim-tower heatsinks with a fan. The CPU coolers are divided into two series – IceSleet and IceFloe. The IceSleet line includes more powerful tower constructions, led by the top model X9 Dual TR designed for AMD Threadripper processors. This cooler has a large base (coldplate) to which up to nine heatpipes are attached. The radiator is dual-tower and together with two fans (120 + 140 mm) it should have a weight of 1266 g. The specifications are unusually detailed and also say that this construction consists of 98 aluminum fins which are firmly soldered to the heatpipe for better heat dissipation. The termal design power is stated to be decent 280 W. Considering the performance class, the heatsink’s height of 166 mm is average which is only good for compatibility with cases. Better memory support than is usual with twin-towers is also attractive on the IceSleet X9 Dual TR. The fins start relatively high and can accommodate up to 46 mm high memory modules under the typically problematic front fan.
For most users, however, the IceSleet X7 will probably be more interesting. It has the same physical dimensions of the heatsink, except that it has a smaller coldplate, “only” seven heatpipes and a TDP of 225 W. It is no longer a platform-specific cooler, as is the case with the X9, but supports all other sockets except for the TR(X)4. That means Intel LGA 1200, 115x, 2066, 2011 (v3), 1366, 775 and from AMD AM4, AM3(+), AM2(+), FM(+) and FM1. Smaller and cheaper single-tower coolers X6 and X5 are also versatile in this way.
The IceSleet X6 has six heatpipes and a TDP of 200 W. The X5 then has five heatpipes and a TDP of 160 W. Note that all tower coolers have the spaces around heatsinks displaced by plastic covers. Whether such a design is effective or just fancy will we find out in tests. It was probably also about the aesthetics and highlighting the thematic ‘Iceberg’ iceberg, whose name inspired this brand.
Iceberg Thermal will offer two top-flow coolers for smaller computers. Larger IceFloe T95 (TDP 95 W) and a smaller/lower IceFloe T65 (TDP 65 W) with the fan being nested among the fins.
Iceberg Thermal also offers separate fans, the common label IceGale and through the center of wavy blades. There are 80, 120 and 140 mm models available in three colors (turquoise, gray, black), while the 120 and 140 are also available with ARGB LED. According to the declared high MTTF value (more than 150,000 hours) and a six-year warranty, the fans should be among the top. They use some form of fluid dynamic bearings and even switch off at low PWM intensity, thus supporting semi-passive operation. A wide range of speeds is also promised; 500 – 1600 rpm for 140 mm models, 120 mm are faster (max. 1850 rpm) and 80 mm are the fastest (max. 2000 rpm).
Also worth mentioning are DriftIce heat-conducting pads with various thicknesses spaced by half a millimeter (0.5 – 2 mm) in 40 × 80 mm and 40 × 120 mm formats and also BlackIce and BlackIce Plus thermal pastes with an innovative wide applicator. It applies the paste without air gaps in nine strips next to each other.
We do not yet know exactly when and with what pricing Iceberg Thermal will enter the retail market. But there is a high presumption that the coolers will also be sold in our region, although sales will probably start on Amazon.com.
English translation and edit by Lukáš Terényi