IceMan Ryzen Threadripper CPU Water Block Review @ [H]

FrgMstr

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IceMan Ryzen Threadripper CPU Water Block Review

IceMan Cooler is not exactly a well known name in North America, but in December we had a few folks ask for a review of its Threadripper water block, so we reached out, and IceMan sent us its water block. Everything looked great till we tried to use it. And of course being able to use it is slightly important, if you want to cool your Threadripper.
 

DrezKill

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Well gawd dayaaaaaaamn. Concave waterblock with fin patten that doesn't fully cover the dies, and the less effective lengthwise flow pattern across the fins. A winning combination, clearly. Thicker fins too. On page 2, Kyle said about the flow-plate "if the manufacturer is penny-pinching on this part, what else is being put to the same cost saving standard?" Well now we all saw what happened in the end. That shit became evident as fuck, didn't it? Geezus. Also thanks IceMan for sending the wrong hold-down bolts initially. Threadripper isn't for waterblock manufacturers that fuck around, this is a platform where you product is either made right and delivers, or it fails miserably. XSPC and WaterCool already showed the market how to do properly do this. If you're not prepared to roll at that level, then just stay your ass at home. Can't be lazy with the execution here. Thanks to Kyle and the rest of the [H] crew for making it so much easier for us to be all the more vigilant with our wallets and bank accounts.
 

Nimisys

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i wonder how well that block would work if you could flat sand block. slight convex might be ideal, but flat is better than concave.
 

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Wow. What a pile of shit!
I assume they got notice about the deal before posting review to give them an opportunity to explain?
 

Chebsy

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This is either badly machined or has become warped somehow. I wonder if this was a one off, or if their other TR coolers are the same ??
 

FrgMstr

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Meh, send it my way and I'll take it down to 3000grit then send it back. What's retail on this thing? either it's not in the review or I didn't see it in there. If it's stupidly cheap it may have some value if you are willing to finish the machining work yourself
Honestly I am not sure how much it costs. I never looked into it since i failed. Doing some Googling I don't find anything on it either.
 

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Part sarcasm, part serious.

With a gap that big, it's very likely that the heat will liquefy most compounds enough to reduce their effectiveness.

And if you're really not a fan of thermal pads, copper shims will also do the trick.

However these points are moot, you don't buy a waterblock and then have to do this kind of dumb shit to make it work.
Also neither of these solutions would tell you how well the block actually should work.
I think the easiest solution is to not purchase a bad product.
 

Batboy88

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I'm sure it's ok block dude...just the acrylic top stuff everyone doing now, would make me paranoid think it's gonna crack by the threads...but it's some pretty hard shit though...
 

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I'm sure it's ok block dude...just the acrylic top stuff everyone doing now, would make me paranoid think it's gonna crack by the threads...but it's some pretty hard shit though...

Never seen that happen without too much corrosion inhibitor leeching plasticizer out of the tops. Besides, this has a metal hold-down plate taking most of the torque.

I did have that happen to an old DD TDX in the pentosin/WW days of coolant additives.
 

FrgMstr

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I'm sure it's ok block dude...just the acrylic top stuff everyone doing now, would make me paranoid think it's gonna crack by the threads...but it's some pretty hard shit though...
No. It is NOT an OK block as proven in the review. Also, as noted in the review, nothing is threaded into the acrylic for mounting the cold-plate. The decorative top-plate threads into it but requires no torquing.
 
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