Eisbaer? What!? Try pronouncing it like ‘Ice Bear’ and it’ll make a whole lot more sense! It could be written as Eisbär, to confuse native English speakers more, but thankfully it is not. It translates to ‘Polar Bear’ in German, which Germany is exactly where Alphacool is stationed. First shown off at Computex 2016, today Alphacool is taking the wraps off of the Eisbaer AIO Liquid CPU Cooler and we have one for review! Alphacool has worked with various partners in the past, such as Fractal Design, ASUS, Sapphire, and even Cooler Master, designing cooling solutions for their various needs; they’re actually quite the one-stop-shop for water cooling products for everyone. This is a pretty neat looking cooler, so let’s hope the performance is as good as the looks.
Alphacool has a vast array of cooling parts, allowing you to build your own custom cooling loops. The Eisbaer is an all-in-one, but it kept the possibility of the end user wanting more out of their cooler in mind. One thing that you’ll likely immediately notice on this cooler is the fact that it has quick connects. These connectors use G ¼” threads, so you will have no shortage of parts available to you. In fact, Alphacool says that the Eisbaer will have no problem handling two 240mm radiators and a graphics card cooler in the loop. This cooler will absolutely be compatible with their upcoming GPX-Pro GPU cooler, which will be released later this year.
You will find the Eisbaer available in 120x45mm, 240x30mm, 280x30mm, and 360x30mm radiator sizes, which the technical foundation for these radiators is Alphacool’s NexXxoS ST30 radiators. The only difference between this radiator and the NexXxoS is a missing connector on the head and opposite side.
You can find some Alphacool products on Amazon, but this particular kit was provided to us by AquaTuning.us. The Eisbaer 240mm kit has a retail price of $129 USD, which is right where I expected it to be. You will be able to pick up your own Alphacool Eisbaer 240mm AIO kit from AquaTuning.us, ModMyMods.com, or Performance-PCS.com for at or around $129 USD plus shipping to your country. We’re told that Amazon will eventually carry this cooler, but initially you will find it at the aforementioned sites.
Alphacool provides a 3 year warranty on this cooler, so as always, if something unexpected goes wrong, you’ll have their support.
We will update the pricing (if there is any change) and provide links when we find it available at the various vendors.
Should you have one of the other sizes in mind, here is a complete list with the MSRP of each version:
Alphacool Eisbaer Technical Specifications:
Again, this cooler looks pretty nice, but will the performance match the looks? That’s something we will have to find out in the coming pages! Let’s move on and take a quick look at the packaging and what comes inside the box, and follow that up with a performance review of this wicked liquid CPU cooler.