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Performance

Cooling Efficiency

The results of our cooling efficiency tests on Deepcool FROSTWIN and its competitor in an LGA 2011 platform are given in the following table and diagram:

Despite a dual-array heatsink and two 110 mm fans, Deepcool FROSTWIN didn’t demonstrate out-of-the-ordinary results today. Its performance was average and typical of the cooling products in this specific price segment. Unfortunately, it is quite far behind the leader at this point. For example, with both fans at their maximum rotation speeds, Deepcool FROSTWIN is as much as 7°C behind Thermalright TRUE Spirit 120 under peak load, and at 1000 RPM the difference increases to 10°C. Even at the minimal 800 RPM Thermalright cooler is 2°C ahead than Deepcool FROSTWIN at 1200 RPM. And all that despite the fact that TRUE Spirit 120 has the same four copper heatpipes 6 mm in diameter, heatsink effective cooling surface of about the same size and only one fan instead of two by Deepcool. As we can see, Core Touch Technology used in the cooler base doesn’t help Deepcool FROSTWIN to win in this competition.

Well, since the cooling efficiency tests weren’t Deepcool’s strength, maybe it will impress us with its acoustic performance? Let’s check.

Acoustic Performance

We measured the noise level of the two tested coolers throughout the entire speed range of their fans, as described in the chapter on testing methodology. Here are the results:

Unfortunately, we can’t praise Deepcool FROSTWIN here, either. Once again, Thermalright TRUE Spirit 120 outperforms the new Deepcool cooler. FROSTWIN remains acoustically comfortable, but not really quiet, only at 800 RPM of its both fans. I have to remind you that since there is no manual rotation speed adjustment in place for the outside fan, which will be rotating with a constant speed of 1650 RPM (according t our measurements), it will inevitably affect the overall cooler acoustics, and not in the best way, as you can imagine.

Conclusion

Deepcool FROSTWIN turned out a pretty ordinary cooler with an average price, just one of the many already available in the today’s market. The ambitious dual-array heatsink with airflow optimizations, two fans, four heatpipes and Core Touch Technology in the base didn’t help it to become the segment leader. FROSTWIN also can’t boast superb noise readings, even though we were very hopeful it would. The indisputable advantages that remain are universal design, simple installation and reliable retention mechanism, as well as comparatively compact size. But, be honest, are these features really so unique these days? Not anymore. Hopefully, the larger NEPTWIN will make a better impression once we check it out. Time will show.

 
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