|Best CPU Cooler Performance Intel/AMD Q1-2010|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Saturday, 13 March 2010|
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3R-System IceAge Prima Boss-II IA-120B2
Korean-based 3R-System, Inc. produces the IceAge Prima Boss-II IA-120B2, which is a strong seller worldwide except for perhaps the Americas where they're a relative unknown.
3R-System devotes five staggered heat-pipe rods to the 152mm tall IceAge Prima Boss-II, and notched aluminum heatsink plates allow for up to two 120mm fans to be attached to the dense aluminum finsink.
The added heatsink above the heatpipe base helps the IA-120B2 model cool better than its predecessors, although 3R-System offers a tall 160mm version named IceAge Prima BossII-HQ.
Features and Specification
The IceAge Prima Boss-II uses a combination of familiar CPU cooler technologies on their IA-120B2 model, primarily the mounting clip system which appears to be based on the Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer CR-CCTF or Titan FENRIR TTC-NK85TZ. Installation requires access to the backside of the motherboard, and for AMD systems the plastic mounting-clip frame must be removed to accommodate the custom 3R-System backplate. 3R-System has included a small application syringe of IceCream-V2 thermal paste, which should be applied according to our Best Thermal Paste Application Methods guide.
Overclocking enthusiasts have learned through experience that three 8mm heat-pipes make full contact with most AMD Athlon-II and Intel Core Duo processor, while four heat-pipes nearly cover the full surface of the newer Phenom-II or Core-i7 CPUs. Using both the overclocked AMD Phenom-II X4-965 BE (140W version) and six-core Gulftown Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition CPU's, Benchmark Reviews evaluates cooling performance with the 3R-System IceAge Prima Boss-II IA-120B2 CPU-cooler.