SilverStone IceMyst 360 Review (Page 3 of 4)

Page 3 - Test Results

Our test configuration is as follows:

CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K
Motherboard: ASUS ProArt Z690-Creator WiFi
RAM: Crucial Pro DDR5-5600 2x16GB
Graphics: EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING
Chassis: Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro Snow
Storage: XPG Atom 30 1TB
Power: FSP Hydro PTM Pro 1200W
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11 Pro

Compared hardware:
- SilverStone IceMyst 360
- be quiet! Dark Rock Elite
- be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 5
- be quiet! Pure Loop 2 FX 240mm
- be quiet! Pure Rock 2 FX
- Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240 Atmos
- Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240L Core ARGB White
- DeepCool AK620 Digital
- DeepCool Mystique 360
- Noctua NH-D12L
- Noctua NH-U12A
- Noctua NH-U9S
- Thermaltake TOUGHLIQUID Ultra 360

All tests were run on our custom-built computer to best reflect real life performance. The computer remained in the same location in the same room throughout all tests. The room temperature in our testing lab was around 22c. Stock thermal paste respective to all coolers were used to rate its performance. All thermal pastes were given a proper amount of time for them to fully settle. The fans on all heatsinks were connected to the motherboard's CPU 4-pin fan header. The test computer was turned on and left idling for at least one hour for the idling tests. High CPU load results were obtained using the Prime95 in-place large FFTs test with a maximum number of worker threads for the tested CPU for a minimum of 10 minutes or until the temperature was deemed stable. Temperature results were measured with HWiNFO, which reports the CPU's integrated digital thermal sensor for maximum accuracy. Each temperature result was calculated by taking the maximum value of the cores inside the CPU.

After letting my computer sit idle for a while, I checked the temperature of the processor. From the first graph, you can see the SilverStone IceMyst 360 idled at a temperature of 22c. This was among the coolest results, which is great to see. However, idle numbers do not give a full representation of what CPU coolers can do, so we started up the Prime95 tests to see the more pertinent results.

With more than enough time to load the processor, you can see how all the coolers performed with the peak temperatures recorded. From here, the SilverStone IceMyst 360 performed very well with a maximum full load temperature of 67c. It was also reduced an extra degree with the additional VRM cooling on top, although this was within the margin of error. Compared to other 360mm AIO liquid coolers, the IceMyst 360 performed up to the task. It cooled better than our Thermaltake TOUGHLIQUID Ultra 360, and was similar to the DeepCool Mystique 360. It was also notably cooler than the 240mm options and all of the air coolers, which is great to see. The SilverStone IceMyst 360 was more than capable in cooling off the processor, which meant it was able to hit its maximum boost frequencies during the test.

As for the sound analysis section, on a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 is silence and 10 is very loud, I would rate the SilverStone IceMyst 360 at around 5.5/10 under full load and a 4.0/10 idling. When you add the two additional IMF70-ARGB fans, this also adds to the total noise output, increasing this to 6.0/10. For me, the real surprise was the sound output under less demanding loads. While liquid coolers have more moving parts than air coolers, I think there could have been some improvements in this area. One good point is that this noise was constant so it blended into the background after a while.

As for the added SilverStone IMF70-ARGB fan modules on top of the CPU combination block, we took surface temperatures of the motherboard near the VRMs and the surrounding area. Without the fans, I measured temperatures around 43c. However, with a fan over the area, this reduced to 40c. I also tested this with the fan pointed at my XPG Atom 30 1TB SSD while running some benchmarks, but the measured peak temperatures from the drive were the same with or without the fan. As such, you can see the fans provide some airflow, and its benefits are clearly seen with hotter components near the processor.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware; Installation
3. Test Results
4. Conclusion