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Cooler Master Glacer 240L AIO

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Posted December 27, 2013 by Sandy Bruce in Cooling

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Release Date: NOW
 
Price at time of Review: $139
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

cost, ease of installation, cooling ability and expandability
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

retention rings, fan noise at max rpms
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Good middle ground between lower temperatures of custom water cooling and the ease of use of a closed loop cooler. The Glacer 240L offers lowers temps than air coolers without the maintenance of a custom liquid solution.
by Sandy Bruce
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Introduction

 

As performance has increased, traditional cooling solutions have struggled to keep up. Engineers have made air coolers larger, and added more fans and heat pipes in an effort to keep CPU temperatures in check. This approach has only taken us so far in the quest for the ultimate cooling solution. The popularity of custom water cooling has been on the rise among the elite and hardcore gamers. Others find it too bothersome or worrisome to add liquids where we have been taught not to put them. Over the last two years there has been an explosion of middle ground solutions called All in One Liquid (AIO) Cooling or Sealed Loop Systems. These have allowed the better cooling of water without the maintenance or fears of a fully custom water cooling system.

Cooler Master has been successful with their previous outings in the seal loop arena but now they want to tackle the last hurdle for all AIO’s; expandability. The Glacer 240L Liquid CPU cooler is meant to address all of your current needs and those you may have in the future. That is a tall order for any CPU cooler but Cooler Master feels the Glacer 240L is up to the task. We will find out soon if they are correct.

 

 Pursuing excellence in design, quality, and affordability since its inception two decades ago, Cooler Master has fueled growth through product portfolio diversification. This comes from an endless drive to deliver world class quality and service to its customers.

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4 Comments


  1.  
    Bob McRae

    Reviewer probably did not attempt to install the cooler on an AMD mobo. The Intel top bracket is supplemented by a very nice bracket, but the back plate provided for the Intel mobo is absent for the AMD mobo. The bracket on top of the mobo is removed, leaving 4 empty holes in the mobo, and there is nothing to fill them like there is with the Intel back plate.

    No support appears to be available from CoolerMaster’s phone support or chat (I will update if there is any response to a chat).

    Anyone had the same problem?




    •  
      Sandy Bruce

      Hey Bob, I am the reviewer you are speaking of. There was no need for me to attempt to instal it on an AMD board. AT the beginning of the review it states “The box contains all of the mounting hardware you will need to get up and running….. AMD users will use the back plate that was supplied with your board along with the AMD brackets and screws.”

      You dont remove the backplate on AMD boards. You use it to install the Glacer and almost every other AMD CPU cooler. This is why you have 4 empty spaces. Put it back on.




      •  
        Bob McRae

        Thanks for the quick response Sandy. I sent pix I to the Coolermaster support to show them the mobo had no back plate supplied with the board (Asrock 960GM/U3S3 FX). They were very patient once my chat was answered after 25 minutes. They chatted with me for an hour to determine a part was needed. They agreed to send the missing part, and will post the way to get the right part on this blog. Excellent support, but be very, very patient.




        •  
          Sandy Bruce

          No problem Bob. The problem you are having is actually an issue with the board maker. AMD boards come with a backplate. In your case that model does not come with one because it is a lower end board. The top mounts are held in with plastic pegs. Basically they did not think anyone would be using aftermarket cooling like the Glacer on a $50 board. You should have contacted Asrock for the back plate. Awesome of CM to take care of you but it wasnt their issue or an issue with their product.

          You should register and join us in the forums. A lot of smart, helpful people from around the world. Can learn a lot in the forums.





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