The latest revision of Alphacool’s Eisbaer series of coolers has really impressed us, to say the least. The Eisbaer Aurora 360 CPU’s copper radiator core and nickel-plated copper water block base teamed up to provide the best cooling we have seen thus far with our new AIO testing setup. Of course, this is also the first 360mm AIO we have reviewed, so it make sense that it would provide the best numbers, but the division between it and the next best cooler in our load testing is quite substantial. The use of copper in both of the main cooling components helps to ensure that there are no reactions between two types of incompatible metals, and provides better heat transfer and dissipation than aluminum offerings.
The three Aurora LUX Pro DRGB fans look great with their three rings of LED lighting, which like the pump housing, can be controlled via the included DRGB controller or a compatible motherboard. And while the blades of these fans are noticeably smaller than most other 120mm fans, they still provide adequate airflow with low noise output. The 30mm, 16 FPI radiator is a good pairing for these fans, as it allows for fairly unrestricted airflow.
Our only real complaint with the Eisbaer Aurora 360 CPU is the length of the tubing between the pump and radiator. We wish it was slightly longer to allow for a bit more flexibility during installation and placement options. We would have also liked to see rotary fittings on the pump housing, as the TPV tubing is fairly stiff. That being said, the fittings for the tubing, along with the inclusion of Alphacool’s quick release fastener are some great benefits, and make expanding this loop much easier than more traditional methods.
The build quality of this cooler is outstanding, and the included mounting hardware and accessories are plentiful. Available in 240mm, 280mm, 360mm, and 420mm versions, there is an Eisbaer Aurora CPU AIO out there for nearly every build and budget. At this time we don’t have exact pricing from any retailers other than Alphacool’s own online store, which lists the 360mm kit at €144.95 + shipping. Converting that to USD brings it to right around $157, which is quite respectable for an expandable, 360mm AIO with DRGB lighting and great performance numbers. The Alphacool Eisbaer Aurora 360 CPU earns a 9 out of 10 and our Recommended Award.
- Great Performance
- Nickel-Plated Copper CPU Block
- Copper Radiator Core
- ARGB Pump Lighting
- Expandable Via Quick-Release Fasteners
- Included ARGB Lighting Controller
- Easy Installation
- Tubing Is A Bit Short
- Bear Aesthetic May Be Offputting