The heat pipes form a straight line within the heatsink body, ensuring uniform distribution of heat in the fins.
The pipes are rather close to each other, though. We guess that nonlinear positioning of heat pipes, like in some other coolers, would be even more effective.
You may be wondering where's the Matrix? Here it is:
The fins of the Ice Matrix 600 cooler vary in height, forming 1.5-millimeter-high squares with smooth edges where the air goes in and out of the heatsink. This is expected to reduce the resistance to air flow and the resulting noise. There is also a 3-millimeter slit in the center of the heatsink but we couldn’t find out its purpose.
We also couldn’t identify the way by which the fins have contact with the heat pipes because we couldn’t see any trace of soldering or thermal glue in our sample of the cooler. So, the fins may be just press-fitted onto the pipes. There are traces of soldering in the cooler’s base although everything is overall very neat and tiny there.
The nickel-plated copper plate of the cooler’s base is at least 3 millimeters thick beneath the pipes.
The cooler’s sole is exceptionally flat and, despite some visible signs of processing, rather smooth to the touch. The imprint of the heat-spreader of our LGA1366 processor was just exemplary:
The Deep Cool Ice Matrix 600 is equipped with a single UF140 fan:
We covered this model in our 140mm fan roundup, so we will give you just the basic facts about it here. The fan is PWM-controlled automatically within a speed range of 700 to 1200 RPM, producing a maximum air flow of 71.8 CFMat 17.8 to 26.7 dBA of noise. The fan is attached to the heatsink with two wire clips. Included with the Ice Matrix 600 is a pair of brackets for attaching a second fan.
Deep Cool's new product is compatible with all modern platforms including the LGA1155 platform for Sandy Bridge processors. The installation procedure is most simple and was described in detail in our review of the twin coolers Alpenföhn Matterhorn and Deep Cool Gamer Storm. The fastening mechanism is robust and has a high pressure force.
We tried two variants of positioningour Deep Cool Ice Matrix 600 on the CPU socket and found its performance to be the same irrespective of its orientation.
So, you should orient your Deep Cool Ice Matrix 600 depending on the configuration of air flows inside your system case and how close your graphics card is to the CPU socket. By the way, there is 50 millimeters from the cooler’s bottom fin to the mainboard surface, but the bottom edge of the fan in the center of the heatsink is 10 to 12 millimeters lower. Anyway, this didn’t prevent us from installing memory modules with tall heatsinks as is indicated by the photos above.
That’s all we can tell you about the Ice Matrix. Let’s move on to the next product.