Pureoverclock: PC Hardware reviews and news for overclockers!

 

Cooler Master Glacer 240L AIO

4
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
Full Article
«

Conclusion

 

It appears we have a 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. Installation was very easy. Just keep an eye on your springs and the round retention rings. I had one pop off during installation.

Fan noise can be a problem for some at higher rpms, while others wear headsets all the time and never hear it. It will be up to your preferences. Once I had it adjusted to 50-50 the fan noise diminished greatly and temps went up a small amount. Play around with the PMW settings to find what works best for you.

Now we can talk about cost. The custom system that I built to compare to the Glacer 240L cost around $300. Every part was hand picked to be as close as possible to the Glacer. Even used the smallest res I could. The Glacer has a cost of $139, half of the cost of the custom system. The Glacer is not a replacement to a custom loop but rather a cost effective alternative. Think of it as a stepping stone for those that want to try a water cooling but are afraid to make the leap. Use the Glacer 240L until you are up to it and incorporate your GPU like we did above.

For cost, ease of installation, cooling ability and expandability, we are giving the Cooler Master Glacer the PureOverclock Editors Choice Award.

 

«


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.





Leave a Response


(required)

Find us on Google+