When we started our adventure, we wanted to push air coolers to their limits and our test bench for AIO coolers with Intel 10980XE (18 cores clocked to 4.7GHz) was just too much for our air coolers. So, when testing the SilverStone AR01-V3 we went back to the drawing board and instead used our new air cooler test platform that sports an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X instead. Now, with this more appropriate platform, we can push our air coolers to their limits without burning down the house. So, let’s recap the performance below and see how the Iceberg Thermal IceSLEET X7 Dual stood up!
Summary of Temperatures
The Iceberg Thermal IceSLEET X7 Dual was able to operate at its quietest configuration and maintain a temperature of 66.63 degrees Celsius with our test bench running at stock clocks. As we increased the overclock, we had to increase fan speed to prevent the PC from crashing. Ultimately, we were able to keep our AMD Ryzen 7 2700X in check at 4.1GHz at the Max fan setting and 1500 RPM setting. Beyond that, the IceSLEET X7 Dual could not keep the system stable, then again neither could anyone else.
Summary of Sound Levels
At its slowest and quietest settings, the Iceberg Thermal IceSLEET X7 Dual easily blended in with the ambient room sound levels and we could not hear a thing. This was not true however at other fan setting levels as it produced a noticeable droning sound. Indeed, this is the loudest air cooler we have tested to date by a wide margin.
The Iceberg Thermal IceSLEET X7 Dual is a slightly beefier cooler than our previous entrant so our expectations are a bit higher than before as well. That said, after putting it through our gauntlet, we see that it compared well against all of our previous coolers when it came to cooling. Indeed not just well, it performed within a hair of our previous best air coolers just about across the board!
Where this unit falls flat is its noise profile. The only way to put it is that this unit is loud throughout testing. In fact, at times, it is VERY loud! This unit is best thought of as a performance option rather than a quiet option. If you approach it from that regard, you may find a place for the Iceberg Thermal IceSLEET X7 Dual in your system.
When it comes to price we find that the Iceberg Thermal IceSLEET X7 Dual is available for $94.99 in e-tail. This is a comparable sum to other twin tower heatpipe designs that are out there, including the Dark Rock Pro 4 that we compared it to during the review.
If you are in the market for a “cool” looking 140mm/120mm cooled hybrid HSF that will handle stock clocks along with some mild overclocking, and sound doesn’t matter to you, the Iceberg Thermal IceSLEET X7 Dual is certainly an option for your hard-earned dollars.