Silverstone IceGem 240P

Testing

The following system was used to test the cooler:
– Processor: Intel i9 9900K @ 5GHz
– Motherboard: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X
– RAM: GOODRAM IRDM PRO 16GB DDR4-3600MHz
– GPU: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio
– SSD: Crucial MX500
– HDD: WD 1 TB Blue
– PSU: Seasonic Snow Silent 750W Platinum
– Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe White
– Thermal compound: Noctua NT-H2

 

Software used for testing the cooler:

– AIDA64 Extreme Version: 6.32.5600
– Intel Burn Test v2.54
– Prime95 29.1

The cooler was tested with the CPU at the default turbo frequency of 4.9 GHz and overclocked to 5 GHz with a core voltage of 1.261 V.
Also, the included fans have been used at their maximum speed.
The room temperature was approximately 26°C (78°F), with 2°C margin of error.
The idle test consists of the CPU sitting idle at the desktop for 30 minutes, the temperature was measured at the end of the test.

 

The settings of the software used are the following:
Intel Burn Test v2.54 – Stress level: Maximum
Prime95 29.1- small FFT
AIDA64 Extreme Version – FPU Benchmark & Temperature monitoring.
Each test was conducted for 40 minutes.

 

Idle

 

Full Load – IntelBurnTestV2

 

Full Load – AIDA64 CPU, FPU & Cache

 

The noise level was measured at three different distances from the fans (10cm, 20cm, 30cm.) the noise was measured with a margin of error of ± 2 db.

 

Final thoughts

The Silverstone IceGem 240P offers a good performance and has a unique design. Speaking of which, the looks of the water block is not for everyone, especially those that do not require extensive RGB integration and additional design features, such as the diamond design.

The build quality of this CPU cooler is very good, the CPU block is solid with no panel gaps and the radiator has a good finish on all surfaces including the cooling fins.
The performance of the cooler is very good, and the dimensions of the copper made baseplate ensures complete coverage of the CPU surface. This is especially important on the Threadripper and X299 platforms that require a bigger than standard baseplate.

However, this cooling performance has a price, the high noise output generated by the two 120mm fans. This is to be expected when a cooler uses fans that can spin up to 2200RPM. In addition to the fans, the pump could have been quieter, especially since its power connector is a standard 3 pin, thus, it can’t be controlled via PWM.

The installation process is very simple, this is due to a mounting system that has been used, in one shape or another, for years, dating back to the original Silverstone Tundra series of coolers. This means that with each revision, the mounting system received an upgrade, which resulted in an easy-to-use system that offers a solid mount.

The Silverstone IceGem 240P is available for around 148 US dollars or EUR at the time of this review. Which is not bad, as other similar models can often be found for more, especially when RGB is involved as a feature.

In conclusion, the Silverstone IceGem 240P is a good CPU cooler that offers a good cooling performance and can be used with both the Threadripper and X299 platforms, thanks to its enlarged baseplate. The mounting system is good and easy to use, and the overall build quality is great.
The inconvenient with this CPU cooler is down to its high noise output and to the number of cables used. The CPU block has two cables while each of the two fans has three cables, this results in a difficult cable management, especially in a smaller case.

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