The Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360 has a full-coverage CPU block large enough to fully cover Threadripper’s spacious footprint, though it also supports mainstream sockets like AM4. There’s also a powerful, fast-flowing pump with built-in reservoir and an all-copper radiator, transforming the Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360 into a custom cooling loop piece by piece.
Alphacool is often recognized for its contributions and liquid cooling components in the PC water cooling industry. The company prides itself on offering some of the smoothest, best performing blocks and radiators available to the enthusiast market. And as we’ve seen in testing its previous products, the company usually delivers. So it’s no surprise that Alphacool also builds its AIO line from the same quality components, with expert craftsmanship, to provide cooling solutions like the Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360.
The Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360 is the brand’s premium liquid cooling system for AMD and Intel HEDT processors, utilizing standard G1/4 threaded water cooling components for true cooling compatibility, including quick connectors to enable dripless expansion using other Alphacool QDC options, such as Eiswolf GPU blocks or additional radiators.
|Thickness||1.19″ / 30.2 (2.25″ / 57.12 mm with fans)|
|Width||4.88″ / 124.0mm|
|Depth||15.75″ / 400mm|
|Pump height:||2.25″ / 57.2mm|
|fans||(3) 120 x 25mm|
|(3) 4-pin PWM|
|(4) 3-pin aRGB|
|Weight||69.6oz / 1974g|
|Intel sockets||2011, 2011-v3, 2066, 3647 narrow+square|
|AMD sockets||AM4, TR4, sTRX4, SP3, sWRX8|
Mounting options for the Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360 are aimed at high-core count workstation and high-end desktop (HEDT) CPUs from both Intel and AMD, as these chips see higher thermal output and often heavier, extended use. Mounting brackets mate to socket type and slide around the CPU block in a milled frame rail and snap together to provide a quick method of getting the cooling rig for installation.
An aRGB lighting controller can be used in place of motherboards without 3-pin (5v) aRGB headers, and a PWM splitter is provided for cable management, while a syringe with Alphacool thermal connection eliminates the need for an additional purchase. A tool is also included for easy removal of the fill port cap on the pump reservoir housing.
Alphacool covers the Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360 with a 2 year warranty.
The heart of the Eisbaer Pro Aurora is a handsome pump + reservoir, with acrylic windows to view the coolant level. Both in/out fittings are G1/4 threaded parts and are equipped with Alphacool’s enterprise series fittings, but can be swapped out with regular G1/4 threaded water cooling fittings to customize or extend the cooling loop. The hose itself is a high-quality TPV rubber coolant hose, which is also used in the company’s cooling line.
A single fill port allows topping up or topping up when needed.
The base of the Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora features a copper heatsink with a nickel-plated mirror finish large enough to completely cover Threadripper CPUs. The pump is controlled by a 3-pin fan header and the lighting is accessed via a 3-pin (5v) aRGB header.
Taking full advantage of the Eisbaer Pro Aurora cold plate, our Threadripper assembly easily disperses thermal grease to the edge of the block itself. Around the perimeter of the block we can see the Threadripper mounting plates, which snap around the milled edge of the pump unit for a secure fit.
The Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360 has a dripless quick coupling to easily expand the cooler with other Alphacool products such as Eiswolf GPU blocks and extra radiators. The quick disconnects (QDCs) are designed to separate without spilling, although we did see a drop of coolant that can occur, which is to be expected according to Alphacool documentation. The QDCs promote the correct flow direction insert of the add-in Alphacool component meaning that the flow direction is correct for the component being added due to the different male/female side an alternate partner must seal against.
Alphacool’s radiators use all-copper tanks, fins and internal tubing, as do the company’s high-quality water-cooling components. The cooling fins get just a light spray of paint to prevent the black coating from degrading the performance of the copper obscuring it underneath. The radiator end tanks are more pronounced as they need to accommodate G1/4 fitting sizes for the inlet/outlet port fittings, rather than the smaller barbs used by AIOs using lower grade aluminum radiators. Little (if anything) separates the radiators used on the Eisbaer Pro Aurora from Alphacool’s other custom water-cooled radiators.
The trio of included PWM-controlled aRGB (3-pin, 5v) 125mm RISE Aurora fans are rated at up to 2000 RPM, although we saw a slightly higher output in our testing. Each fan has an opaque blade design, which disperses the color and gives a more glowing effect, as well as lighting effects along the exposed acrylic ring, allowing the color distribution around most of the fan housing from the LED lighting pattern. Rubber-coated mounting pads help eliminate fan noise at higher rotational speeds.
We had no problems installing the Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360 on our 32-core 2990WX Threadripper CPU. In fact, the mounting hardware tolerances are so precise that they mean that block alignment across the spacers is no longer an exercise in exact positioning, meaning you have nothing to worry about.
Assuming your chassis has enough room for a 360mm radiator, the Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360 should have no problem installing in an enclosure that supports such a large radiator, although the end tanks on the Eisbaer Pro Aurora are slightly larger than a typical aluminum AIO radiator, giving it a slightly longer profile.