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GlacialTech Igloo 2310 Heatsink Review
GlacialTech Igloo 2310 Heatsink Review
Abstract: A simple aluminum extrusion and fan are complimented by a sandblasted finish and pre-applied patch of silver-based thermal compound.

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GlacialTech   Cooling / Heatsinks   Mar 24, 2002   Max Page  

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Acoustic Samples: Listen to this Heatsink!

The fan on the Igloo 2310 is slightly louder than that of the fan on the Taisol CGK760092, even though both move about the same amount of air. To hear for yourself what this heatsink actually sounds like, just click on the headphones and listen to the MP3 recording.

FrostyTech Acoustic Sampling Chamber

Listen to this Heatsink now.
Standard Waveform view of a 10 second recording. Click on the headphones to listen to an MP3 recording of this heatsink in operation.

Sound Level Measurements:

Listening to the actual noise a heatsink makes allows you to hear what pure numbers alone cannot get across. To further emphasize FrostyTech's reliance on cold hard facts when evaluating a heatsink, we also take Decibel readings with a sound level meter. These results may be higher than the manufacturer's listed specs, but then again these are real world measurements.

FrostyTech Sound Level Results
- Manufacturer Model Noise Level Scale
Zalman All Flower HSF 47.4/28.9 dB quiet
Taisol CGK760092 48.4 dB
GlacialTech Igloo 2310 49.4 dB
Noisecontrol Silverado 50.8 dB
Thermal Integration TI-V77L 53.0 dB
Tocools Crown 54.5 dB
Sibak AT01515B 55.8 dB
Dynatron DC1206BMP 65.1 dB louder

With a measured noise level of 49.4 dB the GlacialTech Igloo 2310 is pretty good. It is really hard to say what level of sound is the threshold where things become annoying because power supplies and other components may produce more noise. Compared to the very loud Dynatron heatsink you can see that the Igloo 2310 will not pose much of a problem.

Synthetic Temperature Test Results: *Ranked according to 100W small interface die test results.

FrostyTech Synthetic Temperature Test Platform Results
Mfg. Model Ambient Temp. 27mm large copper block 15mm small copper block 27mm large copper block 15mm small copper block Thermal pad No. Fans Fan Noise Clip force
50W 50W 100W 100W
1 Thermal Integration TI-V77L 26.5 39.1 44.4 57.5 63.6 grey 1 med med
2 Swiftech MCXC370 21.4 38.3 43.4 53.5 65.7 none 1 med med
3 Tocools Crown 23.2 38.8 53.2 47.9 70.2 none 1 loud stiff
4 OCZ Gladiator 21.4 33.3 47.3 50.6 70.3 none 1 very loud med
5 Vantec CCK-6027D 27.4 45.4 49.6 64.9 73.4 none 1 med med
6 Swiftech MCX370 22.3 42.0 46.1 60.3 75.6 none 1 med hard
7 Taisol CGK760092 23.4 42.7 61.2 51.3 77.5 pink 1 low med
8 Zalman CNPS6000-Cu 24.8 46.4 53.8 65.6 78.2 none 1 very low easy
9 AVC 112AM1 24.8 46.6 52.9 70.1 79.6 none 1 low stiff
10 GlacialTech Igloo 2310 23.5 44.9 66.7 53.7 80.8 silver 1 med very stiff
11 Thermaltake Volcano 6cu+ 26.5 40.3 55.3 58.6 84.4 carbon 1 loud med
12 Zalman CNPS6000AlCu 24.9 48.3 56.3 72.2 86.0 none 1 low med
13 Sibak AT01515B 23.0 45.1 64.6 60.1 95.2 none 2 med stiff
50W 50W 100W 100W

The initial results are not to great on the small interface die. Heatspreader covered processors may fair a bit better here however. When tested with a 100W heatload the Igloo 2310 comes towards the lower end of this list of reference heatsinks.

Rise Above Ambient Temp. (c)
Mfg. Model 27mm large copper block 15mm small copper block 27mm large copper block 15mm small copper block
50W 50W 100W 100W
1 Thermal Integration TI-V77L 12.6 17.9 31.0 37.1
2 Swiftech MCXC370 16.9 22.0 32.1 44.3
3 Vantec CCK-6027D 18.0 22.2 37.5 46.0
4 Tocools Crown 15.6 30.0 24.7 47.0
5 OCZ Gladiator 12.0 26.0 29.2 49.0
6 Swiftech MCX370 19.7 23.8 38.0 53.3
7 Zalman CNPS6000-Cu 21.6 29.0 40.8 53.4
8 Taisol CGK760092 19.3 37.8 27.9 54.1
9 AVC 112AM1 21.8 28.1 45.3 54.8
10 GlacialTech Igloo 2310 21.4 43.2 30.2 57.3
11 Thermaltake Volcano 6cu+ 13.8 28.8 32.1 57.9
12 Zalman CNPS6000AlCu 23.4 31.4 47.3 61.1
13 Sibak AT01515B 22.1 41.6 37.1 72.2
50W 50W 100W 100W

While the Igloo 2310 was able to remain under a rise above ambient temperature of 60 degrees, that doesn't really say much about it as a "performance" heatsink.

Instead we can see that under a 100W heatload on the small interface die (which is a pretty stressful test in itself) that the Igloo 2310 comes in as an OEM class cooler, which really isn't unexpected given the design and choice of materials used. On the bright side, at the 2310 doesn't make that much noise. However even with the extra tight clip and little swatch of silver compound on the base of the 2310, there isn't a whole lot here to get excited about.

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Table of Contents:

 1:  GlacialTech Igloo 2310 Heatsink Review
 2:  Time for a close look at this heatsink
 3:  New Heatsink Test Parameters
 4: — Thermal and Acoustic Results

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