This cooler’s design is reminiscent of Thermalright’s hugely popular XP-120, and it works just as well. It consists of a copper base plate attached to three copper heat pipes. These long, thick heat pipes send their thermal payload into a large array of aluminum fins that overhang the processor area.
The fins cover the entire region around the CPU socket, allowing the adjustable-speed 12cm fan mounted on top of the aluminum fins to cool both the CPU and all the capacitors and regulators around the CPU in the process.
Installation is relatively easy, but we must warn you, motherboard removal is required because the Glacier uses a thick, metal backplate to support its heft. The backplate is a pain in the ass, and shouldn’t be necessary. Equally beefy Kick Ass coolers like Zalman’s CNPS9500 LED (reviewed Holiday 2005) and the Freezer 64 Pro (reviewed on this page) use the stock AMD backplate and keep the CPU cooler than Vanilla Ice. Once you install the backplate, you attach the cooler using thumbscrews that you tighten by hand.
As the benchmarks show, the Glacier’s performance is astounding. It’s one of the coolest CPU coolers we’ve ever tested, even when compared with water-cooling kits. It’s just a shame the installation is such a hassle—otherwise it’d be a great way to chill your proc.
Month Reviewed: February 2006
+ Copper: Cools CPU and caps/mosfets, has no clearance issues, and sports and adjustable fan.
- Robber: Motherboard removal required for installation.