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 p5 500GB
– HDD: GOODRAM IRDM 1TB SSD
– PSU: Seasonic Snow Silent 750W Platinum
– Case: be quiet! Silent Base 802 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.
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.
The IceSLEET X6 has a great clearance for the RAM slots, mainly thanks to the offset design of the hetaasink and heatpipes. The front fan does not reach the RAM slots at all.
The PCIe expansion slot clearance is mediocre, with approximately 20mm of space between the graphics card and the side of the cooler.
The IceSLEET X6 is a CPU cooler that has a unique design. The light blue or Teal color makes the cooler stand out; however, it will make it harder to match with the rest of the components. The cooler is available for 50 USD, and within that price range, it has plenty of competition from the more established brands.
The build quality is very good, the cooling fins have smooth edges and the heatsink has no dents or imperfections. The shroud that gives the cooler the unique design has an uneven angular pattern that is done very well. However, the two panels of the shroud are not flush and will create gaps.
The cooling performance is adequate, with a maximum temperature of 93°C and the CPU overclocked to 5GHz, the IceSLEET X6 is not a contender for the top place. In addition, the noise output of the cooler is not the best, and that is due to the high speed of the fan.
The installation process is very simple and the mounting system is very good. It uses a minimum of plastic in its construction and all components are well made.
The IceSLEET X6 has a good concept, but there are a few issues. First, the front fan is attached to the heatsink with four small plastic clips. If one of the clips bends or breaks off, then the fan will not sit correctly on the heatsink. These clips also make the fan impossible to replace with a different model, unless you want to make custom fan clips that will attach to the heatsink.
Second, the shroud that covers the heatsink has a good design, however it is attached with the same style of plastic clips as the fan. This creates issues with fitment as many times I’ve struggled to place the shroud on. In addition, the middle part will not stay attached flush with the front fan shroud, creating an unappealing panel gap.
In conclusion, the IceSLEET X6 is a good idea that requires more polish. The fan is loud and must spin close to maximum speed to deliver any decent static pressure. The performance is average at best, with smaller and cheaper CPU coolers being ahead. The mounting system is very good and the same can be said for the build quality. It is not a bad CPU cooler, however its main selling points are the different design, a good build quality and a good mounting system.