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Appeared on: Friday, October 16, 2009
Glacialtech Igloo 5610 Plus Silent


1. Features
Manufacturer
GlacialTech
Model
Price 

$21

Category
Entry Level Users

GlacialTech has recently launched the 5610 Plus PWM and 5610 Plus Silent CPU Coolers for power users. The unique design incorporates a specially aligned sinter heat-pipe combination of two pipes that dissipate the heat from the CPU directly into the heat sink fins. From there, the Silent version's fan quietly brings the temperature down.

GlacialTech has implemented a cost effective and useful way to keep your processor cool. When running resource hungry applications and you have the PWM version installed, turn up the RPM to 2700 to manage your heat dissipation more effectively. While the PC is idle or doing non-intensive work, turn the RPM back to 800. This is how you manage your power consumption, your decibels and your overall peace of mind. Alternatively, the users have the option to purchase the Silent version as GlacialTech offers you the variety and options to suit your needs.

Price performance, noise performance and weight performance are GlacialTech's three principle design philosophies. Having acquired ISO 9001 and 14001, GlacialTech commits itself to using green materials for its product design and construction and to perfecting green manufacturing processes in manufacturing its products.

- Product features

  • Quality Aluminum design with Copper base
  • High density aluminum fin
  • PWM version: Enhanced speed adjustable one 9cm axial Fan with bullet blade
  • Silent version: Fixed speed two 9cm axial Fans with bullet blade
  • Two sinter heat-pipes with nickel coating
  • Weight / noise performance
  • Easy to install
  • Multi-platform (Intel LGA775, LGA1366, AMD AM2)

- Specifications

Model

Igloo 5610Plus Silent

Dimension (mm)

90 (L) × 96 (W) × 139 (H)

Weight (gram)

780

Fan

Bearing Type

Entering Bearing

Rated Voltage

DC 12V

Dimension (mm)

92 x 92 x 25 duo fans

Speed RPM) 1200 (±10%) per fan
Airflow (CFM)

23 (±10%) per fan

Noise (dBA) 17.7 per fan
Interface Material High Efficiency Thermal Compound

2. Package, installation

The GlacialTech Igloo 5610 Plus Silent comes in medium-sized retail box with several logos printed on it indicating the product's features and abilities. The retail price of the product is around $21, making it affordable for most users.

This product supports all possible sockets, LGA 775/1366 and AMD AM2. The newest LGA1156 isn't supported out of the box but there should be an additional mounting clip soon.

Opening the box unveils a carefully packaged product, surrounded by a hard plastic foam to keep the contents intact.

Apart from the main cpu cooler, we will find two 92mm fans and of course the corresponding mounting clips.

Looking at the product, we see a medium sized cpu cooler with U-shape heat pipes. The base has some thermal paste pre-applied but you can easily remove it after all.

Two nickel plated 6mm heat pipes connect the base with the aluminum fins. Several holes found at the bottom are useful to secure the mounting clips.

Installing the product to the motherboard doesn't require to remove it from the PC case, since Glacialtech uses Intel's stock mounting clips. The procedure is simple; you select the desired mounting clip and you secure it using the included screws. The whole structure looks very secure:

The next step is the apply some force and mount the cpu cooler on the motherboard:

As we can see the cpu cooler isn't that big in height or volume - good for small cases but leaves us with some questions about its performance:

Mounting the two 92mm fans is also easy using the included clips:


3. How we test
For our tests we used an open air testbed with the following configuration:

We tried to produce the the highest possible temperature inside our test PC using the OCCT v2.0.1 software with a custom 30mins (mixed) operation.

We left both CPU cores running at full load for ~30 minutes. All temperatures were logged using the CoreTemp 0.99.3 and the software. We also followed two overclocking scenarios:

We measured the produced noise with a Precision Gold N09AQ Environment Meter. All measurements were made at a distance of 30cm away from the cpu cooler running at full speed. For all the coolers we used the same thermal compound from Tuniq, the TX-2.


4. Results

As we previously mentioned, we test the cooling efficiency of the Glacialthech cooler using the Intel Core i7-920 CPU at stock speeds, and then after being overclocked.

At stock speed and voltages, Intel's stock cpu cooler kept the CPU's temperature at around 58 degrees C, while the Glacialtech Igloo 5610 PLus Silent was somewhat more efficient with 54 degrees C.

Pushing the Intel Core-i7 920 to work at 3.60GHz, produces even more heat. The Intel stock cooler gave us around 90degrees C and the the GlacialTech Igloo 5610 Plus Silent managed to get the cpu temperature down to 80 degrees C.

But what about noise? The Intel stock CPU is the quietest among all the CPU coolers and the measurement showed a 37dB. At full rotation speed, Glacialthech 's product produced 45dB, a good performance compared with other coolers:

Below you can see a price comparison among some of the currently available CPU coolers on the market. Glacialthech's cooler is found online at ~$21, which is one of the cheapest solutions you can buy.


5. Final thoughts

The GlacialTech Igloo 5610 Plus Silent is an affordable product for entry-level users. Its strong points include the support for almost all currently sold cpu sockets (except the LGA 1156), its small dimensions and its quiet operation. After all this is what Glacialtech advertises this product about... The dual 92mm fan design is something that should improve overall air flow and hopefully the performance.

In out tests we found that the GlacialTech Igloo 5610 Plus Silent kept the temperature of the Core i7-920 10 degrees C lower than the Intel's stock solution, especially when the processor was overclocked. At stock voltages, the difference was only 4 degrees C. The emitted noise was not that high, but still higher than the Intel's stock cooler. Despite its low retail price, ( ~$21) we feel that the performance could be better, provided that we have to do with a dual fan CPU cooler.

Overall, the GlacialTech Igloo 5610 Plus Silent is a well-built, affordable product. If you are still on Intel's stock CPU cooler, then you may consider going for the Igloo solution. On the other hand, you should have in mind the competition is really strong even at this low price level, and some search could lead you to a more efficient product.

Retail package
Design
Motherboard compatibility
Installation time
Copper Base quality

Pros:

+ Works Intel LGA 775/1366 and AM2 platforms
+ Very good retail price
+ Includes two 92mm fans
+ Will lower the temperatures of your processor compared with the stock cooler
+ Good noise level when fan is operating at low speed

Cons:

- Performance is not that impressive due to product design and used fans



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