Alphacool Eissturm Hurricane Copper 45 Review: Rockin’ Like a Hurricane

Alphacool is well-known among the liquid cooling community for its high-performance radiators and watercooling complete kits. Their Eissturm (German for ice storm) Hurricane Copper 45 3x 140mm kit features a full-copper NexXxos XT45 (45mm thick) radiator, which boasts the ability to cool an entire, overclocked PC build with room to include a graphics card, if it so tickled your fancy. 

For the ever-valuable overclocking dollar, few complete watercooling kits come close to offering the cooling capability for such an attractive, all-inclusive price. Pro tip: make sure you have a large enough case.

The Alphacool Eissturm Hurricane Copper 45 3x 140mm kit includes enough mounting hardware in its box for complete installation on nearly every current AMD and Intel CPU socket available with the exception of Threadripper.  Among the major watercooling components is a liter of coolant, a 3-way fan splitter, thermal compound, a handy funnel and an ATX 24-pin jumper module to make priming and filling the cooling loop much easier with less risk of component damage. Alphacool also includes a very nifty, Eisbaer-ready disconnect adapter, which allows simple addition of an Eisbaer-ready graphics card or one of any other supported Alphacool components.

Specifications

Thickness

1.8 inches / 45mm

Width

5.75 inches / 146mm

Depth

18.5 inches / 470mm

Pump Height

12.8 inches / 325mm

Speed Controller

BIOS

Cooling Fans

(3) 140 x 25mm

Connectors

(1) MOLEX
(4) 4-Pin PWM

Weight

217.3 oz / 6,160.3g

Intel Sockets

2066, 2011x, 1366, 115x, 775

AMD Sockets

AM2(+), AM3(+) AM4, FM1, FM2(+), TR4

Warranty

Two years

 

The Alphacool Eisblock XPX CPU block features a solid molded top with G1/4 standard fittings and an LED backlit logo powered by 3-pin PWM. The block uses a set of included metal, snap-fit brackets to accommodate either AMD or Intel CPU mounting choices.

The bottom of the Eisblock XPX features a nickel-plated copper base that is polished to a mirror finish, and the pronounced groove around the base of the block allows the metal mounting brackets to maintain even pressure on the CPU IHS.

The heart of any liquid cooling system is the pump, and in this case, the heart is the incredibly powerful VPP755, which is a successor to the legendary D5 Vario pump with similar speed range control from 1 (low) to 5 (high). The 250mm acrylic reservoir is mounted to a threaded pump top with a built-in anti-cyclonic insert. An optional inlet with a water diffuser port and three optional filling and accessory ports is on the top of the reservoir.

With the VPP755 installed in the base of the reservoir top, it can be mounted either vertically or horizontally, depending on the orientation of the mounting hardware. Like the rest of the components in the kit, the pump and reservoir feature G1/4 fittings and can accommodate the included eight compression fittings or two, 90-degree swivel fittings as required.

The massive, 3x 140 (420) NexXxos 45 radiator features seven, G1/4 fittings—three each on the I/O end tanks and a single fitting on the far tank—to allow for almost any loop configuration or mounting option desired. There’s a set of G1/4 plugs to close off any unneeded radiator ports, while a trio of Eiswind Pure Edition 140mm fans ship with the kit to accompany the radiator.

Words and pictures cannot adequately define the magnitude of the NexXxos 45 radiator, which is so large, we could not mount it inside our Corsair Graphite 760T case unless we were willing to permanently remove the 5.25-inch drive bays and some connecting structures. We found it fits nicely atop the chassis with the 90-degree swivel fittings allowing neat tubing to run down the rear of the case while the 140mm fans draft air from within the case and vent outward through the radiator.

With all tubing runs completed, the overall installation of the kit was relatively simple once we finalized locations for the pump and reservoir combo and radiator. As previously mentioned, with a bit of DIY modding, the enormous 3lx 140mm radiator found its home inside this case. Leaving the heat exchanger on the roof provides an unmistakable conversation starter; just add friends.

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  • richardvday
    Seems more like an advertisement than a review.
    Is the pump replaceable down the road or do you have to replace the reservoir also to do that ? AIO the pump dies after 3yrs typically. Normally right after the warranty expires of course.
  • rubix_1011
    The pump is removable as its own component. In fact, it has to be installed to the reservoir if you look at the early images - the pump is not attached to the reservoir.

    As this isn't an AIO, the pump being used is much more powerful and designed for a cooling system like this. The pump alone costs upwards of a typical AIO cooler in its entirety. I personally have one of the older D5 pumps on which this is based; it is still functional after almost 10 years.

    Please explain - what makes this seem like an advertisement? It is a product review - there is not any affiliation with Alphacool.
  • mac_angel
    I was wondering two things. One, why wasn't a proper case used that would fit this unit the way it was meant to be installed? Two, if you have it sitting on the outside like that, running the water lines into the case, why did you not use the provided holes that were there specifically for water lines.
  • rubix_1011
    We use the same hardware for all the tests to provide the same environment for every cooler tested. If we change hardware, we introduce variables that do not allow us to make direct comparisons on coolers - which is what we're looking to achieve.

    The holes would be permanently removed since they are stamped into the case - they were left as-is to preserve the case and limit variables in all future testing.
  • audiospecaccts
    Interesting that the product pictures have a different pump/reservoir system than what you have pictured in the review.
  • rubix_1011
    I'm not sure I follow - the pump and reservoir in the photos were from the box contents and were used for testing. Can you elaborate?
  • mac_angel
    116659 said:
    We use the same hardware for all the tests to provide the same environment for every cooler tested. If we change hardware, we introduce variables that do not allow us to make direct comparisons on coolers - which is what we're looking to achieve. The holes would be permanently removed since they are stamped into the case - they were left as-is to preserve the case and limit variables in all future testing.


    I would think a radiator on the outside of the case would also affect results from those compared to ones that were on the inside. I understand you need to compare like for like (Intel kinda proved that, too). But to me, that means putting all units into a proper case that fits. Yes, that would mean much more testing, but as you pointed out, people that buy this are probably going to pair it with a case that can fit it properly.
    I don't know, just saying. Just my opinion. Black Friday is coming, and I'm wish listing a new system, including case and water cooling.
  • mac_angel
    116659 said:
    I'm not sure I follow - the pump and reservoir in the photos were from the box contents and were used for testing. Can you elaborate?


    The pictures, and the review, were based on a tri-140mm fan and rad set up. The link you provided for purchase is for a dual-140mm fan and rad system.
  • rubix_1011
    Quote:
    I would think a radiator on the outside of the case would also affect results from those compared to ones that were on the inside. I understand you need to compare like for like (Intel kinda proved that, too). But to me, that means putting all units into a proper case that fits. Yes, that would mean much more testing, but as you pointed out, people that buy this are probably going to pair it with a case that can fit it properly. I don't know, just saying. Just my opinion. Black Friday is coming, and I'm wish listing a new system, including case and water cooling.


    To some degree, yes, you would be correct. By using the same hardware for every test, we at least have a baseline for every cooler without having to make a change to accommodate one specific cooler just for aesthetics. Also, keeping the same hardware still allows us to call out that the difference of fitment of one cooler to another.
  • rubix_1011
    169108 said:
    116659 said:
    I'm not sure I follow - the pump and reservoir in the photos were from the box contents and were used for testing. Can you elaborate?
    The pictures, and the review, were based on a tri-140mm fan and rad set up. The link you provided for purchase is for a dual-140mm fan and rad system.


    The link for purchase isn't added by me - but I'll have to get a hold of some folks in editorial to see if this can be corrected.

    Update - they are looking into it. Actual product link would be this: http://www.performance-pcs.com/alphacool-eissturm-hurricane-copper-45-3x140mm-complete-kit.html
  • Co BIY
    A little ironic that the Eissturm has an anticyclonic built in.

    Are there waterblocks available that would cool the power components ?
  • audiospecaccts
    116659 said:
    I'm not sure I follow - the pump and reservoir in the photos were from the box contents and were used for testing. Can you elaborate?


    https://c1.neweggimages.com/NeweggImage/ProductImage/AETT_1_201803211168231629.jpg

    is what I see @ newegg

    https://img.purch.com/r/340x340/aHR0cDovL21lZGlhLmJlc3RvZm1pY3JvLmNvbS9TL0YvODAzMjQ3L29yaWdpbmFsL0FscGhhY29vbC1FaXNzdHVybS1IdXJyaWNhbmUtQ29wcGVyLTQ1LUVjb21tLnBuZw==

    is on your "shopping suggestion" above the review

    btw, I don't blame you for this because it would seem its a product's advertising manager at the factory fault.
  • rubix_1011
    Quote:
    A little ironic that the Eissturm has an anticyclonic built in. Are there waterblocks available that would cool the power components ?


    Most high-performance pumps use an anti-cyclonic insert of some form - look at EKWB's kit pumps, they use both a foam insert as well as an acrylic paddle.

    Also, what do you mean by 'power components'? Meaning, the motherboard MOSFETs and VRMs? If so, i'm not certain - but much of the time these are explicitly motherboard-specific, however at times, there have been universal applications. Not all watercooling vendors pursue these specific blocks, though.


    Quote:
    https://c1.neweggimages.com/NeweggImage/ProductImage/AE... is what I see @ newegg https://img.purch.com/r/340x340/aHR0cDovL21lZGlhLmJlc3R... is on your "shopping suggestion" above the review btw, I don't blame you for this because it would seem its a product's advertising manager at the factory fault.

    Issue is that an incorrect item was linked, that's mostly the issue. I believe it is being corrected.
  • DFWallace
    I'd love to see a review of this versus the EK-Kit X360... I'm considering both for my new build.
  • DFWallace
    I wonder if this would fit in a Phanteks Evolv X case?
  • rubix_1011
    1709850 said:
    I'd love to see a review of this versus the EK-Kit X360... I'm considering both for my new build.


    I would actually really enjoy reviewing it. Usually vendors will reach out to us with items they wish to have reviews written for but I can say that the EK X360 would be just a larger version of the RGB 240 kit compared in this review (and done posted last week).

    The only real component differences between the EK kits are the pump - the X360 uses the DDC 3.2 Elite while the RGB 240 uses a D5 version. Both are excellent pumps; the DDC is more focused on head pressure over flow rate (although still very good) while the D5 is more flow rate focused over head pressure. Both do very, very well and are each cornerstone pumps in the watercooling world. Meanwhile, this Alphacool kit uses an updated model of the 755 which is essentially a newer 655 (D5) pump.

    The 360 rad would be slightly smaller and fit more cases than the 3x140 radiator in this Alphacool kit, but there are other kits by Alphacool that fit the 360 rad size. For example, here is the exact same kit as I reviewed but with the 360 rad: http://www.performance-pcs.com/alphacool-eissturm-hurricane-copper-45-3x120mm-complete-kit.html
  • DFWallace
    It's been a real battle trying to figure out if the EK-Kit X360 and the AlphaCool Hurricane will fit in the case I have on the way... the Phanteks Evolv X (top of case, not front). I've had 50/50 opinions, some say yes, others no. The rad with the EK-X360 kit is 60mm thick, so that is out. If I went EK it would have to be the P360 but it's components are not as good as the X360.
  • rubix_1011
    The thickness of the X360 at 60mm is unreal and you would almost need push/pull fans to make ultimate use of that radiator. 45mm is really a nice sweet spot for thickness and install support. Looks like the Phateks case states 65mm clearance in a top mounted radiator, which really limits your ability to mount a radiator+fans internally without motherboard interference.

    Otherwise between the EK P and X 360 kits, biggest difference other than radiator thickness is the pump used: D5 vs. DDC and that's kind of like either having a Ferrari or a Lamborghini.
  • DFWallace
    Thanks...Interesting. I thought the X360's parts were better. So, then I'm comparing the EK P360 to the AlphaCool Hurricane..... back to the reading...
  • richardvday
    What I meant by that is it it's so overwhelmingly positive with the minor nitpick that it doesn't fit threadripper and it cost more than all in one it's just so glowingly positive.
    It doesn't come across like a normal review I mean maybe this thing is that awesome just totally awesome and that's why you came across like that.
  • rubix_1011
    Quote:
    Thanks...Interesting. I thought the X360's parts were better. So, then I'm comparing the EK P360 to the AlphaCool Hurricane..... back to the reading...


    No real up or downside on the parts between those kits if you're doing comparison...just mostly radiator overall volume (due to thickness) and difference of D5 vs. DDC pump, which either are excellent parts.

    Quote:
    What I meant by that is it it's so overwhelmingly positive with the minor nitpick that it doesn't fit threadripper and it cost more than all in one it's just so glowingly positive. It doesn't come across like a normal review I mean maybe this thing is that awesome just totally awesome and that's why you came across like that.


    I'm a custom watercooling guy at heart and this sort of thing really appeals to me on a personal level. Sure, you can buy cheaper AIOs that do just about as well, but the market for a cooling kit like this vs. that of someone seeking an AIO are different. That's why I kind of wanted to compare the coolers in terms of performance and price, but they're meant for different mindsets; those looking for a bolt-on, setup-and-let-it-run solution and those looking for more of a 'relationship' with their PC. Let's face it, if you run a custom cooling loop, it takes love to want to put that much effort into it.

    To me, its worth it...I've been doing it 16+ years.
  • cryoburner
    I kind of agree that having it installed inside a case would have been better for the accuracy of results, though I can see why having the same case used across reviews is important too. Perhaps removing the 5.25" bays would have been better though. Even if they are riveted in, it seems like it would likely be possible to drill out the rivets and replace them with screws or bolts, so that the cage could be reinstalled when not using a large cooler like this.
  • audiospecaccts
    Improving cooling with water cooling seems to be the solution to these 120W and higher CPUs. I like the push with the fans instead of pull on the radiator too. Case engineering seems to be the biggest success outcome. But this is what I do to a case for cooling: At every case fan hole I install a fan, I cut the metal stamped grill out and if the hole is on the outside, I install a wire finger guard. On the cooling radiator, I cut out the top, leaving mounting tabs for the radiator and I install the radiator on top with the fans inside the case. I also compare the air flow with the side cover off and on and adjust it so that the air flow is not lower when the side cover is installed.

    I want to say also that I don't recommend any water block that has plastic pieces. They leak over time and they are a mess to clean up. The two piece metal blocks like this one are good.

    @rubix_1011, Have you ever tried to water cool these newer motherboard chip-sets? There is probably a small performance boost there if they have a separate water cooling system.
  • DFWallace
    Whether it's one of the AlphaCool Hurricane models or one of the EK kits, it seems on the Phanteks Evolv X (http://phanteks.com/Enthoo-Evolv-X.html) there's more room to put one or the other kits in the front rather than on the top of the case.

    In 2017, 'BitWit' in his You Tube video said the best temps he got on an OC'd CPU/GPU was when the rad/fans were in front of case blowing in and w/ an 'open' vid card, not a blower, and with 2 top exhaust fans. He only used the more typical, less expensive AIO cooler units. I don't know if his findings would stand up to more thorough scrutiny by others.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNAMxZgvves