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SilverStone iCEGEM 360 Liquid Cooler Review

In this SilverStone iCEGEM 360 Liquid Cooler Review, we will walk you through the cooler's unboxing experience, discuss its design elements, go over the installation, and at last, test it against its peers.

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Review Summary

SilverStone iCEGEM 360 is among the contenders for sTRX4/TR4 sockets. This cooler has full block coverage on the TR4 socket. This cooler is compatible with other sockets, including AMD AM5, but not Intel LGA1700. This cooler packs a beautiful diamond cut design on the pump’s housing and overall a good performance albeit loud fans. Digital RGB lighting makes it a complete package.

Hours Tested: 5
Tech4Gamers Recommended Award

  • Build Quality - 9/10
    9/10
  • Design - 9/10
    9/10
  • Performance - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Features - 9/10
    9/10
  • Value - 8.5/10
    8.5/10

Pros

  • Good Performance
  • Scintillating diamond-cut design
  • Digital RGB Lighting
  • AMD AM5 support
  • Full Block Coverage on sTRX4/TR4
  • Easy Installation
  • Warranty

Cons

  • Loud Fans
  • AM5 kit needs to be purchased separately
  • Not compatible with Intel LGA1700

The liquid cooler market offers diverse options, ranging from budget to enthusiast AIOs. ASUS triggered a trend with display screen coolers in 2018, leading to a surge in AIOs featuring OLED, LCD screens, and display customization software.

While aesthetics matter, the pump remains a crucial cooling component. SilverStone’s EGM 360, part of their liquid cooler lineup, stands out. Available in 240mm and 280mm versions, the 240mm variant has a thicker radiator.

Notably, it caters to various sockets, including ThreadRipper, without being exclusive to a specific socket. Featuring a stylish diamond-cut design with RGB backlighting on the pump’s top cover, the EGM 360 boasts a large copper base plate, delivering both aesthetics and performance.


Key Takeaways

  • The SilverStone iCEGEM 360 CPU Cooler is a high-end liquid cooling solution featuring a 394x120x28mm aluminum radiator with a unique diamond-cut RGB-backlit pump design.
  • The SilverStone iCEGEM 360 CPU Cooler is ideal for enthusiasts seeking a balance of aesthetics and performance, especially those utilizing AMD ThreadRipper platforms.
  • Users prioritizing a quieter system may find the fans loud at full speed. Compatibility with the Intel LGA1700 socket is absent, making it unsuitable for users with systems based on this socket.

 

First, take a look at the specifications of the product:

Product SilverStone iCEGEM 360 Liquid Cooler
Block Dimension 76mm (W) x 66mm (H) x 76mm (D)
Block Material Copper base with plastic body
Radiator Dimension 120mm (W) x 28mm (H) x 394mm (D)
Radiator Material Aluminum
Fan Dimension 120mm (W) x 25mm (H) x 120mm (D)
Fan Speed 600~2200RPM
Fan Noise Level 7.3 ~ 36.6 dBA
Fan Rated Voltage 12V
Fan Max Airflow 93.4 CFM
Fan Max Air Pressure 3.18mm/H2O
Fan Connector 4 pin PWM & 3 pin ARGB (5V LED)
Pump Motor Speed 3000 ±10% RPM
Pump Rated Voltage 12V
Pump Rated Current 0.42A
Tube Length 400mm
Tube Material Rubber
Application Intel LGA 115X/1366/1200/2011/2066 AMD Socket SP3/sTRX4/TR4/AM4/AM5/AM3/AM2/FM2/FM1

Packaging Box

PRO TIP: Customize the fan curve or use the auto mode to optimize the fan speed, as the fans can be loud at full speed. This helps in achieving a balance between cooling performance and noise levels. 

Box Contents

It is time to look at the mounting hardware provided in the box.

Design

Radiator

Let’s look at each component, starting with the radiator. This unit has a 394x120x28mm aluminum radiator with a height of 28mm. With 25mm fans added, the assembled cooler stands at around 54mm in total height, including screw heads.

SilverStone excels in fin stacking with a 20 FPI count and 12 coolant flow channels. However, like other AIOs, it lacks protective plating under mounting holes, making it prone to fin damage from excessive screwing.

The far end or block of this radiator is a slim design, and it is not rectangular.

The sides of the frame don’t have any branding. It also seems like these frames are riveted. The SilverStone uses reinforced rubber tubes in the iCEGEM 360 cooler.

These tubes have a length of approximately 400 mm. They are somewhat flexible and don’t kink. These tubes have nice nylon braided sleeves on them.

Observing the radiator closely, I noticed two tubes connected through barbed fittings under a cover. On one end, a small port seems like a refill point, but I found out it’s strictly for factory use.

Opening it might mess with the loop’s vacuum pressure. Also, there’s a serial number sticker on the side. Just a heads-up from my experience.

SilverStone iCEGEM 360 Liquid Cooler — The tube end of the radiator
The tube end of the radiator (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Cooler Pump

The pump housing has a dimension of 76x66x76mm (LxWxH). It is made of ABS material. The top cover has a scintillating diamond-cut design with a SilverStone logo plate in the center. This diamond or crystalline design looks quite dope with digital RGB backlighting.

The tubes are installed at a 90° angle, which gives them the flexibility to be rotated towards right or left as per the user requirement, though this is a limited movement. Two flat cables are coming out from the mid-section of this housing.

There is a flat cable with a 3-pin connector to power the motor. There is a JST connector and a socket to power the digital RGB LEDs. These cables have a sufficient length.

 

The left and right sides of the housing are identical. There is no branding here. You will notice an inset or a gap between the base and main housing. This is where the mounting brackets are installed.

The pump motor utilizes a three-phase, six-pole design for smoother, quieter operation than most single-phase, four-pole designs. This also improves energy efficiency. Some key specifications of this pump are:

Speed 3000 ±10% RPM
Rated Voltage 12 VDC
Rated Current 0.42A
Connector 2510 – 3 pin and 3 pins A-RGB 5V LED

There is a copper base plate on this unit, which has a dimension of 70x53mm. It sits in a perfect place over a base portion of ABS housing. The very reason for such a large base is the full block coverage on the AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper platform.

Cooling Fans

SilverStone has provided 3x digital RGB fans in 120x120x25mm sizes. The blades are frosted and designed to generate maximum airflow. There is a SilverStone branded sticker on the center. The inner portion of a frame is circular.

The frame of this fan is sturdy and features a line pattern on the sides, which seems to be only an aesthetic touch.

Each mounting corner has a cut-to-size anti-vibration pad in black color to reduce the vibrational noise.

PRO TIP: During installation, ensure a secure and firm mounting of the cooler to prevent any potential issues. Follow the provided user guide for step-by-step instructions on the installation process. 

Looking at the backside of this fan, we can spot a 4-arm assembly with one arm catching the wires coming out of the center. This fan is shown to be taking 0.35A at 12VDC.

The fan is powered by a flat cable with a 4-pin PWM connector. A JST connector and a socket are on two digital RGB cables to power the LEDs. The specifications of the fans are:

Dimension 120x120x25mm
Speed 600 ~ 2200 RPM
Airflow 93.4 CFM
Air Pressure 3.18 mmH₂O
Noise 7.3 ~ 36.6 dB(A)
Rated Voltage 12 VDC
ARGB Connector 4-pin PWM and 3-pin 5V LED

 

Digital RGB Lighting

We have already covered the dedicated controller provided with this cooler. We have used RGB Fusion 2.0 on GIGABYTE X670E AORUS MASTER for light testing. The lighting is compatible with the following:

  • ASUS AURA SYNC
  • ASRock POLYCHROME SYNC
  • MSI MYSTIC LIGHT SYNC
  • GIGABYTE RGB FUSION 2.0
  • BIOSTART RGB SYNC

Here are a few pictures showing the digital RGB lighting.

Installation

We have tested the cooler on AMD AM5 on GIGABYTE X670E AORUS MASTER using AMD Ryzen 7 7700X. Installation on AM5 is straightforward and convenient. We needed 9 components to set up the mounting hardware for the block. Installation is the same as is on the VIDA 240 SLIM cooler. The steps are as under:

  • Remove AMD’s stock mounting brackets.
  • Mount 4x AM5 pillar screws on each mounting hole or standoff of AMD’s stock backplate.
  • Install an AMD mounting bracket on the base housing of the cooler.
  • Apply the thermal paste on the CPU.
  • Place the block on the CPU by aligning the edged concerns of the mounting bracket’s holes with the threaded portion of screws.
  • Use spring-loaded nuts to secure the block on the CPU socket.
  • Install fans on the radiator.
  • Connect the cables as per requirements, and you are good to go.

Clearance

This is a 360mm size liquid cooler having a dimension of 392x120x54mm with fans. The first DIMM slot may have some interference if tubes face the DIMM slots. There is no clearance issue for a PCIe slot.

All you would need to check is that your case has enough clearance for the 394x120x54mm size of the assembled cooler.

Thermal Test

We have used below mentioned configuration to test the performance of this cooler: –

Here is the settings table for testing:

All Cores 5200MHz All Cores
VCore (V) Auto
Thermal Paste Alphacool Sub-Zero
Test Run Time 30 minutes CINEBENCH R23.2
Idle Time 10 minutes
Fan/Pump Speed 100% PWM Duty Cycle
Monitoring Software HWInfo64

Results

SilverStone iCEGEM 360 Liquid Cooler — Thermal Performance
Thermal Performance (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The SilverStone iCEGEM 360 has offered a somewhat better performance on AMD Ryzen 7 7700X clocked at 5.2GHz all cores compared to VIDA 240 SLIM. We see a difference of over 2°C.

Noise

We noted a noise output of roughly 55dB(A) on an ambient noise level of 32~33dB(A). These fans are loud, so that a custom fan curve would help this department.

Should You Buy It?

Now, I will answer many users’ questions regarding who should buy it.

Buy it if: 

✅ You are an enthusiastic gamer: If you prioritize aesthetics and desire a high-performance liquid cooler with a sleek design, the SilverStone iCEGEM 360 is ideal.

✅ You use AMD Threadripper: If you’re using the AMD ThreadRipper platform and need a cooler with full CPU coverage and effective handling of high TDP, this cooler is a perfect fit.

✅ You like to customize your rig: If you enjoy customization options, including digital RGB lighting and compatibility with sync technologies like ASUS AURA SYNC, ASRock POLYCHROME SYNC, etc., this cooler offers the desired flexibility.

Don’t Buy it if:

❌ You wish for a quiet operation: If you prioritize a quiet system, be aware that the fans can be loud at full speed. For noise management, consider customizing the fan curve or using auto mode.

❌ You own an Intel LGA1700 socket: If you’re using the Intel LGA1700 socket, note that this cooler lacks compatibility with that specific socket. Explore alternative cooling options suitable for your LGA1700 system.

❌ You have a lower Price Point: If you’re on a tight budget, the SilverStone iCEGEM 360, positioned as a high-end liquid cooler with premium features, may not be the most cost-effective choice for you.

WARNING: If your system is based on the Intel LGA1700 socket, be aware that this cooler is not compatible with it. Verify socket compatibility before purchasing.

Conclusion

All things considered, the SilverStone iCEGEM 360 stands out as a top-notch 360mm cooling solution. Its aluminum radiator measures 392x120x28mm and comes equipped with 12 coolant channels and a fin density of 20 FPI, showcasing SilverStone’s commitment to quality construction. Unlike the VIDA 240 SLIM, the iCEGEM 360 features a separate pump, not integrated into the radiator.

What makes it shine are the flexible 400mm rubber tubes and the pump housing’s eye-catching diamond-cut design, complete with RGB lighting. The large copper base plate ensures it covers the AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper chips fully.

It’s compatible with a wide range of sockets, including TR4, AM4, and various Intel LGA models, though it misses out on the Intel LGA1700 socket. The 120mm fans come with digital RGB lighting and can hit speeds up to 2200 RPM, pushing air at 93.4 CFM and creating 3.18 mmH₂O of pressure.

With a price tag of $159.99 and a warranty lasting 3 to 5 years, the iCEGEM 360 delivers impressive performance. However, due to the noise when the fans are at full speed, I suggest using Auto mode or setting up a custom fan curve for a quieter operation.

Recent Updates


  • January 20, 2024: A few text changes to improve readability. Also added image galleries.

 
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