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Cooler Express 2013 - Review

meankeys
Level 13
I purchased a new Cooler Express from FrozenCpu and thought I would give a short review on my experience and performance of this unit. Here's the spec's from Frozencpu.

The Cooler Express 2013 Design Super Single Evaporator CPU Cooling Unit is the all new 2013 model - featuring compatibility with all modern sockets, a simple, single CPU cooler design and extreme cooling (-48°C)!

The unit attaches to the bottom of your case and the evaporator tube snakes through the bottom of your case (after a hole has been added) and mounts directly to the CPU. With temperatures way below freezing, you can overclock your CPU far beyond what is possible even with the best water cooling!

Simplicity and ease of use were incorporated into the new units. These new 2013 units have a modern sleek design and have eliminated the control board which most users found a nuisance. A front power button was incorporated to make powering on the unit easier as well. The compressor is a larger more robust version with a 180W - 200W dissipation rating. Some reviews have seen up to 280W!

Fits All Popular Sockets

**Note: LGA 1156 , LGA 1366, and LGA 2011 Support Now Included with new Upgrade Socket Kit!

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Socket Types: Socket 478 Socket 754 Socket 775 Socket 1155 Socket 1156 Socket 1366 Socket 939 Socket 940 Socket AM2 Socket Xeon

Unit Size: 492 x 210 x 235 mm
(L x W x H)
Evaporator Tube Length: 17.5"
(Fully extended straight up)
Case Color: Black Coated Steel Plate
Weight: 21kg
Voltage: 110V / 4A
Evaporator Quantity: 1 Evaporator (CPU)
Evaporator Temperature: -44 ~ -48°C
Refrigerant: R507
Place of Origin: Taiwan R.O.C.


My test system:

Rampage IV Black Edition
Intel i7 4930K
16 GB G.Skill TridentX 2400
3x XFX HD 7950
Sandisk X110 series 120 GB SSD
EVGA 750W Gold SuperNova PSU

Using RealBench as my benchmark I managed to overclock my 4930K to 4920 MHz. On Water I was only able to pass RB @ 4700 MHz. I am a bit disappointed at the outcome but with a better sample cpu I know I could do better. Although I haven’t given up on this chip yet as I am still learning this X79 platform. I have booted to windows @ 5200 MHz and have run several benchmarks stable. The Cooler Express drop to a temperature of between -48c to -51c.

Under full load running RB x264 encoding test after about 2 minutes into the test the temperature dropped to -23c. CORE Temp read -5c on all cores 0 load and 24c to 28c @ full load. I don’t think that’s to bad considering I was running @ 1.715V @ 4950 MHz. As I said this is a poor sample. I have about 10 hours on this unit so far. Benching about 2 to 3 hour runs. It’s a bit noisy but not too bad considering what it is. So far I am very happy with it performance. It has a great recovery time. It only takes about a min. to drop to -48c once turned on. Also while benching the unit would only pull down a few degrees centigrade under full load.

One option I liked was it came with the CPU mounting kit that covered most all platforms.

Socket Types: Socket 478 754 775 1155 1156 1366 939 940 AM2 Xeon

I prepped the Motherboard as I would for LN2 to prevent any chance of condensation. Using Art eraser I started with the back of the board.

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I cut the Art eraser into small strips to work in tight around the socket area

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In conclusion I am very happy with this unit. It performance has surpassed my expectations. I am confidant this unit will bring me many years of benching. Here I was pushing it a bit 🙂
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Arne_Saknussemm
Level 40
Nice meankeys! one question from me about noise...is it quiet or like a helicopter?

Arne Saknussemm wrote:
Nice meankeys! one question from me about noise...is it quiet or like a helicopter?


Hi Arne
It is very quite. Its slightly louder than my 3 360 Rads when running. Lets fase it its like running a frig on the bench.

Myk_SilentShado
Level 15
Considering this is a 2013 model, I find it pretty damn pathetic that it doesn't support sockets up to 1155. If it was released before Haswell, I can understand...but the other sockets, I find the lack of out-of-the-box support rather abysmal and find it rather annoying that you'd have to spend more money to support "modern" sockets which aren't that new any longer.

Myk SilentShadow wrote:
Considering this is a 2013 model, I find it pretty damn pathetic that it doesn't support sockets up to 1155. If it was released before Haswell, I can understand...but the other sockets, I find the lack of out-of-the-box support rather abysmal and find it rather annoying that you'd have to spend more money to support "modern" sockets which aren't that new any longer.


Hi Myk
It dose support the 1155 what socket were you referring to? They do supply allot off mounting parts and you may be able to adapt the mounting to suite.

Myk SilentShadow wrote:
Considering this is a 2013 model, I find it pretty damn pathetic that it doesn't support sockets up to 1155. If it was released before Haswell, I can understand...but the other sockets, I find the lack of out-of-the-box support rather abysmal and find it rather annoying that you'd have to spend more money to support "modern" sockets which aren't that new any longer.


Hi Myk
It dose support the 1155 what socket were you referring to? They do supply allot off mounting parts and you may be able to adapt the mounting to suite.

Myk_SilentShado
Level 15
Your OP says "LGA 1156 , LGA 1366, and LGA 2011 Support Now Included with new Upgrade Socket Kit" which says to me that it supports everything else, bar those sockets and to get that support...you need to buy an upgrade kit for those sockets.

Zka17
Level 16
I'm happy to see your system running, mean keys! I wasn't so lucky with the startup...

Just to get it right, what is the startup sequence on this unit? Do you have wires to connect to the board? How long you need to wait after you power on the unit to turn on the system?

Zka17 wrote:
I'm happy to see your system running, mean keys! I wasn't so lucky with the startup...

Just to get it right, what is the startup sequence on this unit? Do you have wires to connect to the board? How long you need to wait after you power on the unit to turn on the system?


ZKa17
You turn on the SS unit first. wait till it drop to temp -48 in my case. It only takes less than a min. Then turn on PC. Then the fun begins 🙂
On my unit there are no connections to the motherboard. Also it says if you shut down the unit you need to wait at least 3 min till you can turn it on again. I am sure that is just a safety precaution for the compressor.

Retired
Not applicable
Very nice, thanks for showing..