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NorthQ Siberian Tiger (NQ-3580)

NorthQ Siberian Tiger (NQ-3580)


NorthQ is a company based in Denmark and we have had the opportunity to analyse many of their products in the past. Not long ago we had a look at their latest CPU cooler for casual overclockers and enthusiasts (NQ 3340WLA Extreme), however NorthQ have released yet another cooling solution. They are certainly a company who don’t rest on their laurels.

The new NorthQ CPU cooler is dubbed “The Siberian Tiger” and it is not a simple air cooler but a compact water cooling solution designed to narrow the chasm between simple air coolers and complex water cooling solutions, a rather intriguing idea.

The Siberian Tiger comes pre-assembled, is easy to install and completely maintenance free. Compact water cooling solutions are becoming popular with enthusiasts who seek something more powerful (or silent) than a huge air cooler but are unsure of their ability to assemble a large water cooling system. Additionally, there is also the matter of pricing for a dedicated “build it yourself” WC kit.

Everything considered, NorthQ have their hands full, because similar compact water cooling solutions have proven highly ineffective during our indepth testing, performing worse than much cheaper air cooling solutions. Is the Siberian Tiger a competent cooling solution, or yet another product unworthy of your money? That’s why we are here today.

Manufacturer Features and Specifications
“The system is completely closed and sealed, so there is no maintenance for the end user. No changing the water, no risk of leaks and because it is very simple to install, the RMA and support problems are no longer issues. The pump is certified by institute to operate for 5.5 years without fail. “

  • Easy to use and install, less hassle
  • Great Cooling performance.
  • No Maintenance for the end user (install and forget)
  • Supports both Intel and AMD
  • Sockets supported: 478, 754/939/940, AM2 & LGA775
  • Pump: Proprietary AC/DC hybrid technology with high-precision ceramic bearings and RPM monitor (3pin)
  • Heat exchangers: 120 x 120mm
  • Tubes : 35cm flexible steel tubes with plastic cover
  • Fan: NorthQ Extreme silent 120mm FAN, with blue LED light, on/off light switch
  • System performance: Rth ≈ 0.13 °C / W
  • Liquid: Non-toxic, non-flammable liquid that does not expand with changes in temperature
  • Complete Noise level: <20 dBA
  • Lifetime: 50,000 hours [MTTF]

Packaging and Bundle

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The NorthQ Siberian Tiger is supplied in a simple cardboard box with a handle at the top. The artwork is minimal and only the most basic features are listed however the package is sturdy and everything inside is very well supported by a clear plastic body so it should keep the product safe during shipping.

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There are a plethora of items bundled with the Siberian Tiger. First of all, there are four retention brackets (socket 754/939, AM2, 775 and 478) and two back plates (socket 754/939, AM2), however the back plate is not necessary for sockets 478 and 775.

There are two fan speed controllers, a triple dial one you can install in an empty expansion slot of your case and a single dial one which can be installed internally. You can use either for controlling the fan of the Siberian Tiger, but they can be used to control any other 3-pin fan as well.

A crystal clear 120mm ball bearing fan provides the necessary airflow; the fan has blue lighting LED lights and an on/off switch which is right next to the 3-pin power header, not the most convenient place to have a switch to be perfectly honest. You will have to remove the side panel of your case in order to switch the LEDs on or off. Finally there are all of the necessary screws, thermal compound and an illustrative manual which is written only in English. It is a very thorough bundle.

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Stuart Davidson

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