With our test system at stock settings the Igloo 5750 does quite well with the ZEROtherm NV-120 beating it by a small margin. The rest of the pack is very close with a 2-degree spread and all at least 13 degrees ahead of the stock Intel cooler.
When we put the system under load the Igloo 5750 moved back in the pack. The temperature gap between the Igloo 5750 and the Noctua NH-U12P is only 2 degrees. This is impressive from a cooler that is half the price of the Noctua cooler.
With the system over clocked the results at idle are very similar to the stock setting. All the coolers are very close with only a 2-degree spread between them.
With the system under load and the heat turned up we have the Igloo 5750 lagging in the pack, but still beating the stock Intel cooler by 24 degrees. The Igloo 5750 comes in at a 49-degree average which is only 4 degrees warmer than our reigning low temp champ the Noctua NV-U12P.
The GlacialTech Igloo 5750 is a different design from the typical heatpipe coolers on the market today for a number of reasons. Most obvious is that it is not a tower cooler. One of its other features worth mentioning is that it is quiet for an active cooler; at 15 dBA you would have a hard time hearing this fan inside any case. If you are looking for silence from your PC this should be on your list of CPU coolers to purchase. The Igloo’s fan arrangement blows air down towards the CPU; this also pushes air across the secondary heat sink and motherboard components around the socket.
GlacialTech informed us that the Igloo 5750 has an MSRP of $35, this makes the cooler that much more attractive for a budget minded build. My issue with it is I couldn’t find one at any of the major retailers. This may be due to the cooler still being new to the market, but it is difficult to find nonetheless.
Bottom Line:The GlacialTech Igloo 5750 Silent CPU Cooler would make a great upgrade from the retail box cooler and you don’t have to tear your whole system down to install it. That is, if you can find it.