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We just tested the GlacialTech’s Siberia CPU cooler, which has a horizontal heatsink, six heatpipes, one 140 mm fan over the heatsink, and a 92 mm fan under it. Check it out!

The Siberia box is large, with a frontal transparent window affording you a look at the cooler.

GlacialTech SiberiaFigure 1: Package

Figure 2 shows what is inside the package: the cooler itself, thermal grease, manual, and installation hardware.

GlacialTech SiberiaFigure 2: Accessories

In Figure 3, you can see the GlacialTech Siberia.

GlacialTech SiberiaFigure 3: The GlacialTech Siberia

This cooler is discussed in detail in the following pages.

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In Figure 4, you have a front view of the cooler. Here you can see the two fans that come with the cooler. Note also the small heatsink at the base.

GlacialTech SiberiaFigure 4: Front view

Figure 5 shows the side of the cooler. The heatpipes are all at the same side, and the lower fan (a 92 mm one) does not touch the small heatsink over the base.

GlacialTech SiberiaFigure 5: Side view

Figure 6 reveals the rear side of the cooler, where the six heatpipes are visible.

GlacialTech SiberiaFigure 6: Rear view

In Figure 7 you see the top of the cooler, which reveals the upper 140 mm fan.

GlacialTech SiberiaFigure 7: Top view

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Figure 8 shows the base of the cooler, which is not polished enough to have a mirror-like look.

GlacialTech SiberiaFigure 8: Base

In Figure 9 you see the fans. They are connected to the same cable, and there is no way to disconnect them from each other. The bigger fan has red, green, and blue LEDs. The connector is that of a four-pin.

GlacialTech SiberiaFigure 9: Fans

Figure 10 shows the heatsink without the fans. They are easy to remove, thanks to the metal wire holders.

GlacialTech SiberiaFigure 10: Heatsink

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Figure 11 shows the base of the Siberia with the metal clips needed to install the cooler on Intel processors. After screwing the clips, put the backplate on the solder side of the motherboard and attach four screws (with springs) from the component side.

GlacialTech SiberiaFigure 11: Clips

In Figure 12 you see the cooler installed on our motherboard. Because of the shape of the cooler, there is no way to fasten the four screws without removing the motherboard from the case. Actually, the GlacialTech Siberia was probably the trickiest cooler to install from all the models we tested using this methodology. It could be far easier if the clips on the cooler base had the screws attached to it, so you just needed to screw the nuts from the solder side.

GlacialTech SiberiaFigure 12: Installed on our motherboard

Figure 13 presents the GlacialTech Siberia installed in our case.

GlacialTech SiberiaFigure 13: Installed in our system

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We tested the cooler with a Core i7-860 CPU (quad-core, 2.8 GHz), which is a socket LGA1156 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 3.3 GHz (150 MHz base clock and 22x multiplier), keeping the standard core voltage (Vcore), which was the maximum stable overclock we could make with the stock cooler. Keep in mind that we could have raised the CPU clock more, but to include the stock cooler in our comparison, we needed to use this moderate overclock.

We measured noise and temperature with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to get 100% CPU usage in all threads, we ran Prime 95 25.11 with the "In-place Large FFTs" option. (In this version, the software uses all available threads.)

We compared the tested cooler to the Intel stock cooler with a copper base (included with the CPU), as well as with other coolers. Note that in the past, we tested coolers with a socket LGA775 CPU, and we retested some "old" coolers with this new methodology. This means you can find different values in older reviews than the values you will read in the next page. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that accompanies it.

Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer. The core temperature was read with the SpeedFan program (available from the CPU thermal sensors), using an arithmetic average of the core temperature readings. During the tests, the left panel of the case was open.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measur
ed with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the case and video board cooler fans so they wouldn’t interfere with the results. This measurement is only for comparison purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which isn’t the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Operating System Configuration

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

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The table below presents the results of our measurements. We repeated the same test on all coolers listed below. Each measurement was taken with the CPU at idle and at full load. In the models with a fan supporting PWM, the motherboard controlled the fan speed according to core load and temperature. On coolers with an integrated fan controller, the fan was set at the minimum speed on the idle test and at full speed on the full load test.

 

Idle Processor

Processor at Full Load

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp.
Intel stock (socket LGA1156) 14 °C 44 dBA 1700 rpm 46 °C 54 dBA 2500 rpm 90 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G1 14 °C 47 dBA 2050 rpm 33 °C 56 dBA 2900 rpm 62 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme 14 °C 45 dBA 1400 rpm 27 °C 53 dBA 1950 rpm 51 °C
Thermaltake Silent 1156 14 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 49 dBA 1750 rpm 69 °C
Noctua NH-D14 14 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 27 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 53 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Performa 14 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 28 °C 52 dBA 1950 rpm 54 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems 14 °C 40 dBA 750 rpm 27 °C 60 dBA 2550 rpm 50 °C
Thermaltake Frio 14 °C 46 dBA 1450 rpm 27 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 50 °C
Prolimatech Samuel 17 14 °C 40 dBA 750 rpm 40 °C 60 dBA 2550 rpm 63 °C
Zalman CNPS8000A 18 °C 43 dBA 1400 rpm 39 °C 54 dBA 2500 rpm 70 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse II 14 °C 55 dBA 2200 rpm 28 °C 55 dBA 2200 rpm 53 °C
Scythe Ninja3 17 °C 39 dBA 700 rpm 32 °C 55 dBA 1800 rpm 57 °C
Corsair A50 18 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 33 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 60 °C
Thermaltake Ji
ng
18 °C 44 dBA 850 rpm 34 °C 49 dBA 1300 rpm 60 °C
GlacialTech Alaska 18 °C 43 dBA 1150 rpm 36 °C 51 dBA 1600 rpm 60 °C
Deepcool Gamer Storm 18 °C 43 dBA 1100 rpm 35 °C 48 dBA 1600 rpm 62 °C
Corsair A70 26 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 40 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 65 °C
Deepcool Ice Blade Pro 23 °C 45 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 52 dBA 1500 rpm 64 °C
AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 23 °C 47 dBA 1750 rpm 44 °C 51 dBA 2100 rpm 77 °C
Corsair H70 27 °C 60 dBA 1900 rpm 37 °C 60 dBA 1900 rpm 61 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 Max 27 °C 55 dBA 1600 rpm 38 °C 58 dBA 1750 rpm 63 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP 25 °C 45 dBA 1700 rpm 51 °C 49 dBA 1950 rpm 91 °C
CoolIT Vantage 26 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 37 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 62 °C
Deepcool Ice Matrix 600 25 °C 46 dBA 1100 rpm 41 °C 53 dBA 1300 rpm 69 °C
Titan Hati 26 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 40 °C 57 dBA 2450 rpm 68 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 27 °C 49 dBA 1950 rpm 41 °C 53 dBA 2300 rpm 70 °C
Noctua NH-C14 26 °C 52 dBA 1300 rpm 37 °C 52 dBA 1300 rpm 61 °C
Intel XTS100H 26 °C 49 dBA 1200 rpm 42 °C 64 dBA 2600 rpm 68 °C
Zalman CNPS5X SZ 23 °C 52 dBA 2250 rpm 38 °C 57 dBA 2950 rpm 69 °C
Thermaltake SlimX3 21 °C 50 dBA 2700 rpm 46 °C 50 dBA 2750 rpm 99 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 101 21 °C 50 dBA 2600 rpm 38 °C 57 dBA 3300 rpm 71 °C
Antec Kühler H2O 620 19 °C 52 dBA 1400 rpm 34 °C 55 dBA 1400 rpm 58 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro 20 °C 46 dBA 1100 rpm 36 °C 49 dBA 1300 rpm 62 °C
GlacialTech Siberia 22 °C 49 dBA 1400 rpm 34 °C 49 dBA 1400 rp
m
61 °C

In the graph below, at full load you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.

 GlacialTech Siberia

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The main specifications for the GlacialTech Siberia CPU cooler include:

  • Application: Sockets 775, 1155, 1156, 1366, AM3, AM2+, AM2, 939, and 754 processors
  • Dimensions: 5.7 x 5.9 x 4.7 inches (146 x 150 x 120 mm) (W x L x H)
  • Fins: Aluminum
  • Base: Copper
  • Heat-pipes: Six copper heatpipes
  • Fan: one 140 mm and one 92 mm fans
  • Nominal fan speed: 1,400 rpm / 1,300 rpm
  • Fan air flow: 72 cfm / 19 cfm
  • Maximum power consumption: 4.92 W
  • Nominal noise level: 33 dBA / 18 dBA
  • Weight: 1.37 lbs (620 g)
  • More information: https://www.glacialtech.com
  • Average price in the US: We couldn’t find this product being sold in the US

[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]

The GlacialTech Siberia is an eye-catching CPU cooler. It has excellent performance, too. The unique design, with a 140 mm top fan and a 92 mm bottom fan, seems to work very well. Furthermore, it helps cool the parts around the CPU, like the motherboard chipset, voltage regulator transistors, and memory modules.

The great drawback we found in this cooler is its mounting system. It seems as if the engineers who designed this system never had to actually mount it. There were two simple solutions, one opening holes on the heatsink in order to pass a screwdriver through it, and another allowing the user to screw it from the solder side of the motherboard. The way it is, this cooler has the most laborious mounting system we’ve seen so far.

The GlacialTech Siberia is a good cooler, with excellent performance and nice looks, receiving the Hardware Secrets Bronze Award just because of its awful mounting mechanism.