GlacialTech Igloo 5750 PWM CPU Cooler Review

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Published: March 8, 2008
Author: Amber Lupala
Editor: Amber Lupala
Provider: GlacialTech

Introduction

A while back, we had a chance to review the GlacialTech Igloo 5750 Silent CPU cooler, which we found to be an average-performing cooler with good sound performance.But what happens if you sacrifice a little noise; will it result in better cooling?We get to chance to test out that theory when we look at the similarly designed GlacialTech Igloo 5750 PWM CPU Cooler.Let�s find out if the sacrifice is worth it.

About Glacialtech:

Check out their website- http://www.glacialpower.com

GlacialPower Inc. was established in April 2006 by a talent engineering team from the Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS) Industry . The team members of GlacialPower has averagely 12 years rich experience in designing, quality controlling and manufacturing SMPS products.

During past years the team designed for A brand companies of Acer, Asus, Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, Gateway, HPQ, IBM, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and Wistron. The team also invented the solid quality control manufacturing process approved by companies of Dell, HPQ, IBM, etc.

The company goal is to be one of the leading SMPS solution provider in the world and will use solid design to deliver quality products that possess the features of innovation and usability for customers. We will work closely together with our customer and our slogan is Power Your Idea.

Features/Specifications:

Compatible with all Intel Socket T, AMD Socket AM2/753/939/940/F CPUs (see website for max CPU clock speeds)
Cooler Dimension (mm): 96 x 120 x 121
Cooler Weight (gram):507
Fan Bearing Type:1B1S
Rated Voltage:DC 12 V
Dimension (mm):92 x 92 x 25
Speed (RPM):800(� 300 rpm) ~ 2500(�10%) per fan
Airflow (CFM):38.1 per fan
Noise (dBA):28 per fan
Interface Material: High Efficiency Thermal Compound

The product:

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The GlacialTech Igloo 5750 PWM CPU cooler came in colorful package very similar to that of the Silent version we reviewed earlier, with the cooler prominently displayed on the front. The back of the package has a list of the features and specifications of the cooler.Pretty much the only way to tell the different models is the small sticker on the side.Once again, it�s nice that the cooler is compatible with all the latest Intel and AMD processors.As an aside, I was impressed that the GlacialTech website actually has maximum suggest clock speeds for each type of processor; that type of information is rarely published but good to know.

The term PWM refers to pulse-width modulation, a technique used to vary the fan speed by changing the frequency of the electrical pulses used to power the fan.Basically, this means that the fan speed is variable depending on the temperature.

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Once opened, the box reveals the CPU cooler nicely nestled between a custom plastic insert.Along with the cooler itself, the package comes with 4 AMD mounting brackets, some standoffs, and an instruction manual.The cooler comes with the Intel mounting bracket installed and also thermal compound applied to the cooler; I�m not a big fan of compound being pre-applied since you can�t control the amount or type, but for novice builders it can save an extra step.

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Taking a closer look at the cooler, the first thing to notice obviously is that there are not one but two fans installed on this cooler.The fans are 90mm in size, which is smaller than the 120mm other cooler have.With the PWM version, the smaller fans should be expected to produce a fairly amount of noise at full speed.The cooler is horizontally oriented, so the cool air moves from above the CPU down towards the base/motherboard.

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