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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [07.14.03]
Manufactured by: Ahanix

Price: $89 Shipping Inlcuded @

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Water Cooling For The Masses

Let's get this out of the way right now: The water cooling kit we are reviewing here is NOT meant for insane hardcore overclockers. It does not hold a candle to the awesome custom watercooling job that can be seen in the official HCW Rig.

This means a couple of things. First of all you'll notice the price. At $89, which includes free shipping within USA from, this is most likely the cheapest full water kit you'll find.

Secondly is ease of installation. With the Iceberg II, installation is about as easy as it gets. We'll get to that later.

Third is size and practicality. I'm sure you've seen the monster watercooling setups around, with the ability to pump gallons of liquid per second, and route it through a massive heater core ripped right out of a Cadillac. The Iceberg is not one of those water coolers. It is meant to fit in a standard ATX case. This is the kind of water cooler that isn't necessarily made to be shown off, and will fit in most cases quite nicely (albeit a bit snug sometimes, another thing I'll get to in a bit).

Lastly is the noise, which brings us to the initial goal of the Iceberg II. With a full aluminum waterblock and heater core, there is no need for massive high speed fans here. A very silent fully-submersible pump is used, and the block is made to have 1 or 2 silent 80mm fans installed.

To put it concisely, The Iceberg II wants to be a silent solution for those running 3 GHz and higher.

Let's find out of it attains that goal.

The Parts

We'll start off with the reservoir:

The kit we have comes completely preassembled, with the exception of wiring the power adapter for your wall (this step is necessary to wire the power cord through the back of your case easily). The reservoir had the submersive pump installed already, with the power cord routed, and all necessary hoses attached. Preinstallation is offered by some retailers, such as ExoticPC.

However it is suggested that you do some leak testing, in case some shifting occured during shipping. Our test kit was shipped all the way to Hong Kong, and the lid was somehow loosened during transport. After tightening the screws, everything was OK. As a further precaution, I would also recommend that you seal the lid off with a silicone sealer of some sort. Water and PC components do NOT get along well, and it's something you want to avoid at all costs...

The Iceberg II differs from the old design in the plastic used to manufacture the reservoir. Previously, the plastic could break or crack over time. This should never happen with the new, highly durable ABS plastic used here.

The Pump

The pump is capable of moving 150 gallons/hour, which puts it at the low end as far as water pumps go. However, it is a sub 20 dB unit, and there's no way you're going to hear it when it is running, unless you are in a completely silent environment with virtually no ambient noise.

One gripe I had with the pump was the fact it was not wired for an on/off switch. If you wanted to turn it off for a while you'd have to unplug it. Personally, I used a switchable plug, but it would have been better to be able to turn it off right from the case. A 12V DC pump that runs off the PSU would be an even better solution.

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