Cooler Master Glacer 240L AIO
WHAT WE LIKED:cost, ease of installation, cooling ability and expandability
WHAT WE DISLIKED:retention rings, fan noise at max rpms
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.