Alphacool Eisbaer Aurora 360 Review

Layout, design and features …

Unpacked, the Eisbaer Aurora 360 AIO looks almost like usual AIOs from other manufacturers. A closed loop with cooler / pump unit and radiator.

The difference can of course be found in the details. Alphacool equips the Eisbaer AIOs with full copper radiators of the Nexxxos series, which should be a clear advantage over the aluminum radiators of the AIO competition.

The tubes are connected to the radiator with chic metal barb fittings.

We also find the quick-release fastener close to the radiator, which can be used to easily add additional components to the AIO, which we will test later in a certain sense.

The “mudguards” under the fan holder are also a nice detail. So it cannot happen that you accidentally screw a screw that is too long into the radiator and possibly cause a leak.

The Eisbaer unit, which combines the cooler, pump and expansion tank, has a chic plastic housing on which Alphacool has immortalized the polar bear logo.

The polar bear continues around the corner. The hoses on the Eisbaer are also connected using barb fittings. However, these are made of plastic. Probably to match the material of the respective components, as with the radiator.

On the other hand, we find the viewing window that allows us to check the level. From this perspective, we also see the filling port through which liquid can be refilled if necessary.

If you look closely, you can also see the built-in DC-LT 2600 pump, a pump that is also known from the normal custom loop world. Another feature that sets the Eisbaer AIO apart from the AIO competition.

The Eisbaer unit is powered by a 3-pin fan connector. The aRGB lighting has unfortunately received its own connector system from Alphacool. But at least there is both a plug and a socket, so that you can plug several components in a row.

The cooler bottom is of course protected from scratches with a film.

That’s a good thing, because the bottom is really indecently well polished 😉

The 120mm ice cyclone Aurora LUX PRO fans with aRGB lighting have decoupling rubber elements in the corners. They are connected via a 4-pin PWM connector. Again, we find Alphacool’s own connections for the lighting as a plug / socket per fan.

Fortunately, Alphacool has thought of adding a adapter to the usual 3-pin aRGB connector, as you would e.g. found on motherboards. So you could connect the whole system to the mainboard instead of the enclosed controller!

If you take it very precisely, the fans are 100mm fans in a 120mm frame, because 2cm in diameter are lost due to the lighting. At CES 2020, however, the 280mm and 420mm version of the Eisbaer Aurora in 240mm and 360mm was also presented as TBA (to be announced). We can therefore continue to be excited about what is still possible 😀

Fully assembled on the 360mm radiator, however, they do not give the impression that insufficient cooling capacity is available as a result.

Alphacool Eisbaer Aurora 360 Installation …