SilverStone IceGem 360 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review
Snazzy looks; huge Threadripper-sized cold plate
Hard to mount; did not work well on our Ryzen CPU; expensive
Here at TBG, we have a thing for coolers. In fact, we’ve tested well about 70 at this point, and one brand that we’ve included in almost all of our roundups is SilverStone. In this review, we check out SilverStone’s newest and highest-end offering, the IceGem 360.
Here are the coolers included in this test:
- SilverStone Icegem 360
- Deepcool Castle 360EX
- Corsair iCUE H150i RGB Pro XT ($160)
- Scythe Fuma 2 ($60)
- Noctua NH-D15 Chromax.black ($100)
- Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360 ($125)
And here’s the system setup:
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
- MB: Asus X470 Crosshair XI Hero
- Case: be quiet! Silent Base 802
- Thermal Paste used for all coolers: Noctua NT-H2 10g
As with all of our reviews at this point and going forward, this review appears exclusively on YouTube, which you can see below. Not only do we show you what comes in the box and share some benchmarks, but we give you a good look at what it’s like to use each product!
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Well, that didn’t work out quite the way we’d hoped it would. While the IceGem 360 certainly has eye-catching looks and seems well built, it wasn’t a good match for our AMD AM4 test bench. Our guess is that it would work out much better if used on a Threadripper CPU, where the IceGem 360’s huge cold plate would be utilized more effectively. We also think the mounting system leaves a lot to be desired, as it’s hard to work with and may leave people guess as to whether there is enough (or too much) pressure being put on the CPU. So we don’t recommend it for mainstream CPUs, but if you have Threadripper, and you like the look of this snazzy cooler, the IceGem 360 may be the ideal choice!
As of our latest update, the SilverStone Icegem 360 is available for $177 from Amazon. As always, check out our CPU Cooler Buyer’s Guide, updated quarterly, for all our latest recommendations.