As any knowledgeable PC enthusiast would attest, the process of adding fans for optimal cooling can often become quite intricate. Recognizing this challenge, SilverStone has taken a step towards addressing it with their new line of AIO coolers, which, to put it frankly, appear incredibly innovative and visually striking.
As highlighted by PC Watch, SilverStone's IceMyst closed-loop CPU coolers, initially showcased at this year's Computex, are now available for purchase. While this might not initially appear extraordinary, the IceMyst series boasts a distinctive feature. The integrated CPU plate and pump can be detached from the rest of the loop, allowing for the installation of additional fans, which can be acquired separately and conveniently inserted in between.
The concept behind this design is to offer supplementary cooling for system RAM, motherboard VRMs, and other components. However, take a moment to observe the example showcased in the bottom right corner of this image:
Disregarding the practicality of fitting such a configuration into most cases, the inclusion of seven additional fans will result in an extraordinary airflow that will create a consistent breeze around your ankles. However, it is worth noting the noise factor: With each of the extra fans measuring 70mm in diameter and capable of spinning at speeds of up to 2800rpm, one is reminded of the phrase "angry bees."
My primary apprehension regarding this setup is that everything simply relies on clips for assembly, without apparent locking mechanisms to secure the components and prevent them from separating. I sincerely hope that my concern is unfounded, but if it proves to be valid, this configuration would introduce multiple potential failure points within your cooling system.(Image credit: SilverStone)
(Image credit: SilverStone)
(Image credit: SilverStone)
At around £184 in the UK for the 420mm version, this setup is not cheap. And that's without any extra fans to play with, and I can't find a price on those. I guess the full range is going to take a little while to come to market, and I can't find hide nor hair of it in the US yet.
To give credit to SilverStone, the overall design appears visually appealing and intriguing (excuse the pun), and there is some merit to the concept. However, I remain skeptical about its overall safety and reliability.
With hopeful anticipation, we aim to acquire one for testing in the near future. Rest assured, we will push the boundaries by incorporating as many fans as we can possibly accommodate before the system becomes unstable. At the very least, in the event of a leak, we can be confident that nothing in our testing setup will be at risk of catching fire!