Corsair Ice T30 Memory Cooler Review

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HOW WE CONFIGURED THE TEST SYSTEM: In order to provide comparable data, we recorded our results both with and without the Ice T30 installed in the same, high end test system. The components we used consisted of an Asus Rampage II Extreme X58 motherboard, Core i7 920 processor, and 6GB of Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 memory. Within the BIOS, we initially configured the processor and memory to their rated specifications of 2.66GHz and 1600MHz respectively. The T30 memory cooler was isolated to its own watercooling loop which consisted of a D5 pump, triple radiator, three 120mm fans, reservior, and 3/8" vinyl tubing. 

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Hardware Used:
Core i7 920 (2.66GHz)

Asus Rampage II Extreme
(X58 Express Chipset)

GeForce GTX 295 EVGA

6GB Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 C8
(3 X 2GB)

Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
(10,000RPM - SATA)

Watercooling:
Liang D5 Pump
Thermochill PA120.3 Radiator
3 Yate Loon 120mm Fans
EK Res400 Reservior
3/8" Tubing


Software Used:

Lavalys Everest Ultimate 5.0


Installing Corsair's Ice T30 is a tedious process that requires time, patience, and attentiveness. As is the case with most watercooled components, installation is much more involved than their air cooler counterparts. Within the manual, there are 15 pages worth of instructions and diagrams to help explain the procedure. Rather than go through each step, we will just give notice that this is not a plug and play solution. 

This product is made for enthusiasts already familiar with liquid cooling who can integrate the cooler to an existing loop. During installation, we realized the hose barbs located on top of the cooler were not removeable and did not allow us to replace them with different barbs. This becomes an issue if the cooler is being added to a loop that uses a tubing size with an inner diameter other than 3/8", like 1/4" or 1/2" for example.

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bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

Is this aluminum or copper?

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

I can't believe I missed this article. Your test system is almost identical to my rig even my watercooling parts. These things are actually hard to come by but I didn't think the price tag was gonna be that high. I think the version I found didn't have the condensation monitor though so that may be why. Still I thought it was less then $100 but I could be wrong. Excellent point on the barbs by the way.

Bob- I think the corsair rep over at XS told me that they are nickel plated copper.

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

Weird you found this today. I was watching the PCper.com podcast yesterday and they were saying something about Corsairs Dominator memory that go with this degrading over time. Like it will eventually not be stable or sometimes even post at the speeds they got when new or are marketed at. PCper was the first to call out Intel on there SSDs degrading in performance over time so I could see them finding this. Still take it with a grain of salt though I suppose. It's in the podcast #65 if you wanted to hear what I'm talking about.

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

I hope thats not the case. I will be hot if that happens with my memory. I don't have the ridiculously expensive dominator GT memory but it's still the dominator series.

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

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I hope thats not the case. I will be hot if that happens with my memory. I don't have the ridiculously expensive dominator GT memory but it's still the dominator series.

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I think it was specifically the GT or whatever the highest end ones were. They discussed it when they were talking about there recommended builds and the super high end build. I'll review it again to double check later.

Martin.jiang 5 years ago

well you know the DDR3(OC) has heat sink tapping on both sides.. it already make the Memory Module too big..I say w/ th' extra cooling system...it is ugly..and take much space..get lots of dollors from your pocket....

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