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REVIEW | Xigmatek Glace 120 AIO Cooler: Hit or Miss

Xigmatek has sent over one of their all-in-one (AIO) liquid coolers, the Xigmatek Glace 120 for us to try out and this is going to be a quick one.

THE GIST

The Glace 120 is an RGB AIO that comes packaged with the 120mm RGBfan and radiator, fan hub, controller, and mounting .

The fan looks like it came from a n OEM and the rubber hose of the AIO looks like it’s prone to disintegration over time compared to other AIO’s that uses a different material for their hose.

The pump doesn’t have a PWM header, but rather a DC one that plugs directly in the 3pin fan/pump header in your motherboard but it doesn’t really have that many RPM options.

The fan speed cannot be controlled as well since the fan hub doesn’t offer speed control and it is directly powered by the molex adapter. The controller hub only changes the RGB lighting of the pump and the fan.

As for mounting, this has yet to have the most challenging mounting that we have used on an AIO as the screws on the bracket doesn’t secure itself and keeps on falling off on installation. The bracket on the pump on the other hand is solid and easy to install.

The build quality of the pump and radiator can be compared to a Corsair H75 as they use similar materials. The base plate has a copper finish while the brackets and backplate are made out of aluminum steel.

As for it’s thermal performance, we felt that it isn’t that impressive. We compared the thermal results against a stock AMD Wraith Stealth cooler that came with our Ryzen 5 2400G. We also used an IC Thermal Graphite pad for the testing.

QUICK SPECIFICATIONS
  • Model Name: Glace 120
  • Fan Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 25mm
  • Fan Speed: 1200± 10% RPM
  • Fan Airflow: 55.9 CFM
  • Fan Air Pressure: 3.56mm
  • H20 Fan Noise Level: <25 dBA
  • Fan Connector: 6 pin
  • Bearing Radiator Material: Aluminum
  • Radiator Dimension: 154 x 122 x 27mm
TESTING SETUP
  • CPU – Ryzen 5 2400G at stock clock speeds
  • Motherboard – MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC

We ran the AIDA64 stress test on the CPU to bring up the thermals in an airconditioned room with an ambient temperature of 24°C. Each stress test lasted 10 minutes on both Glace 120 and Wraith Stealth coolers

TEMPERATURE RESULTS

PRODUCT PHOTOS

FINAL THOUGHTS

As you can see on the temperature test, it would be hard justifying this product at it’s SRP of Php3,799 as there are better 240mm offerings in the same price range. However, the problems are addressable if the brand manages to add PWM control for the pump and fans, improve the fan, and the mounting system

THE GOOD
  • RGB lighting.
THE BAD
  • No PWM control for the pump and fans.
  • The fan alone doesn’t have enough CFM. changing the fan could actually give better temperature results.
  • Flimsy CPU mounting.
  • A little bit expensive and doesn’t perform better than the stock Waith Stealth Cooler on the Ryzen 5 2400G.
Ira James
Ira James is an enthusiast who has his roots on PC hardware and gaming. His career as a tech journalist began after working in the PR industry for two years. He started GGWPTech to write PC hardware reviews, gaming, cyber security, and enterprise tech news. His works are also syndicated by other media publishers: Tech Sabado, and the Sunday and Business I.T. section of Manila Times.

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