There are various ways for the manufacturers of coolers for PC components to draw customers to their products. They can emphasizesuch benefits as high cooling performance, low noise, a compact or gigantic size, eye-catching packaging, highlighted fans, low price or a lucky mix of any of these. But perhaps the simplest way is just to name your product in a remarkable and attention-grabbing manner. That's why Deep Cool and ThermoLab took the names of their new products from the Wachowskibrothers’ cult trilogy The Matrix.
The name of the first product, Deep Cool Ice Matrix 600, contains the word itself whereas the cooler from ThermoLab is called Trinity, which is also the name of the Matrix heroine brilliantly portrayed by Carrie-Anne Moss. In this review we will put aside the philosophical and religious ideas of the trilogy to focus on the performance, noisiness and versatility of the new Matrix-themed coolers. Let’s get started.
Deep Cool Ice Matrix 600
The Deep Cool Ice Matrix 600 cooler features original packaging: a half-open cardboard box with a plastic insert within which the heatsink with fan is fixed in place.
This provides a good view of the Ice Matrix 600 without opening the box. The sides and the back of the box offer a lot of information about the cooler and its features in as many as 13 languages.
There is a small cardboard box with accessories at the bottom of the main box. The accessories include three back-plates, two pairs of steel fasteners with screws, spacers with bushings and nuts, four wire clips for fans, two fan adapters, and an installation guide:
The cooler is manufactured in China and sells for a recommended $40.
First of all, let’s take a look at the Deep Cool Ice Matrix 600 heatsink:
The tower-design heatsink features six nickel-plated copper heat pipes, 6 millimeters in diameter, that go through the copper base and pierce the aluminum fins.
There are a total of 42 fins here, 0.35 millimeters thick and placed 2 millimeters apart from each other.
Each fin is only 45 millimeters wide. Considering the length of 140 millimeters and other factors, the heatsink has a total surface area of less than 5540 sq. centimeters, which is far from impressive by today’s standards. The total weight of the heatsink with fan is 1100 grams.