nMedia Icetank: More than a Cute Name?

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July 11, 2006 by Devon Cooke

nMedia Icetank
Socket 478 / 775 / 754 / 939 / 940 / AM2 CPU Heatsink
Market Price

We like it when companies have a sense of humor about their products. That's a good thing for nMedia, since their Icetank heatsink is named almost as ridiculously as Scythe's Fishcake (Kamaboko). The joke extends farther than just the name too; the heatsink bears a resemblance to a tanker truck. The question is whether the heatsink is as frivolous as its name or a serious contender.

nMedia specializes in making components for home theater systems, which means that low noise is important. They are best known for their cases, although they have recently begun to sell power supplies and heatsinks as well.

The Icetank is meant to fit the requirements of the home theater PC. That means that low noise and small stature are as important as good cooling. nMedia has also made an effort to ease installation by designing a completely toolless mounting system. Given that the Icetank is compatible with every CPU socket from the old Intel 478 to AMD's brand new AM2, that's an impressive feat.

Picture a semi tractor hidden in the front...

A fan controller and the usual bits of hardware are included, but no instruction manual.

nMedia Icetank: Feature Highlights (from the product web page)
Feature & Brief Our Comment
4 heatpipes design + Extra aluminum “Northbridge” design base
Heatpipes are commonplace these days.

Innovative easy clip for easy installation

A pin and sleeve connector fixes the retention module to the motherboard without using screws.
Light weight
610 g is hardly lightweight; Intel's recommended maximum weight is 450 g.
Fit most of the case
Not the smallest heatsink on the market, but much shorter than a tower heatsink.
Fan Speed Controller is included on a PCI bracket
A welcome feature that should be included with all heatsinks.

nMedia Icetank: Specifications (from the product web page)
Supported CPU Platform
AMD: Socket 754 / 940 / 939 / AM2
INTEL: Socket LGA775 / 478
4.65” (L) x 4.06” (H) x 5” (W)
118mm x 114mm x 103mm
21.8 oz / 610g
Heatsink Material
4 x Copper Heatpipe
Copper & Aluminum Base
Copper & Aluminum Fin
90mm Dual Ball Bearing (Not propriety, changeable)
Fan Speed
2200 RPM ± 10%
Noise Level
18-28dBA ± 10%
Air Flow

35.3-44.3 CFM

Thermal Resistance
0.24~0.21 °C/W
Supported Processors
Intel 3.8gHZ / AMD 4800+ or higher

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