Deepcool Frostwin CPU Cooler Review
By Rafael Otto Coelho on June 13, 2012


Introduction

Hardware Secrets Bronze Award

The Deepcool Frostwin is a CPU cooler with two twin tower heatsinks, four heatpipes and two 120 mm fans. Let’s test it.

The Frostwin comes in a medium-size white box, as shown in Figure 1.

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Figure 1: Package

Figure 2 shows the contents of the box: the cooler itself, a small syringe of thermal compound, manuals, and installation hardware.

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Figure 2: Accessories

Figure 3 displays the Deepcool Frostwin.

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Figure 3: The Frostwin

This cooler is discussed in detail in the following pages.

The Deepcool Frostwin

Figure 4 illustrates the front of the cooler, where the 120 mm fan with a conical frame covers the entire heatsink.

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Figure 4: Front view

Figure 5 reveals the side of the cooler. Here you can see that the heatsinks are identical and completely independent from each other.

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Figure 5: Side view

Figure 6 shows the rear of the Frostwin. The heatpipes are well spaced inside the heatsinks.

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Figure 6: Rear view

In Figure 7, you can see the top of the cooler. The fins are rectangular, and the tips of the heatpipes are exposed.

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Figure 7: Top view

The Deepcool Frostwin (Cont’d)

Figure 8 illustrates the base of the cooler. The four 6 mm heatpipes touch the CPU directly, with a small aluminum gap between them. The finishing of the base is almost mirrored.

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Figure 8: Base

Figure 9 reveals the twin 120 mm fans. They are connected to a single four-pin connector, which means they support PWM speed control.

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Figure 9: Fans

Figure 10 shows the Frostwin heatsink with the fans removed.

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Figure 10: The heatsink

Installation

Figure 11 shows the backplate for installing the Frostwin on AMD and Intel CPUs, with the screws inserted in the holes for socket LGA1155.

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Figure 11: Backplate

Put the backplate on the solder side of the motherboard, and then install the metal bars shown in Figure 12.

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Figure 12: Metal frame

Put the cooler in place and secure it by installing a transversal bar, attaching it to the other ones with two spring-loaded screws. In order to grant access to those screws, you have to remove the fan located between the two heatsinks.

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Figure 13: Heatsink installed

The last step is to reinstall the fan that comes in between the heatsinks, as shown in Figure 14.

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Figure 14: Installation finished

How We Tested

We tested the cooler with a Core i5-2500K CPU (quad-core, 3.3 GHz), which is a socket LGA1155 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 4.0 GHz (100 MHz base clock and x40 multiplier), with 1.3 V core voltage (Vcore). This CPU was able to reach 4.8 GHz with its default core voltage, but at this setting, the processor enters thermal throttling when using mainstream coolers, reducing the clock and thus the thermal dissipation. This could interfere with the temperature readings, so we chose to maintain a moderate overclocking.

We measured noise and temperature with the CPU under full load. In order to get 100% CPU usage in all cores, we ran Prime 95 25.11 with the “In-place Large FFTs” option. (In this version, the software uses all available threads.)

We compared the tested cooler to other coolers we already tested, and to the stock cooler that comes with the Core i5-2500K CPU. Note that the results cannot be compared to measures taken on a different hardware configuration, so we retested some “old” coolers with this new methodology. This means you can find different values in older reviews than the values you will read on the next page. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that comes with it.

Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer. The core temperature was read with the SpeedFan program (available from the CPU thermal sensors), using an arithmetic average of the core temperature readings.

During the tests, the panels of the computer case were closed. The front and rear case fans were spinning at minimum speed in order to simulate the “normal” cooler use on a well-ventilated case. We assume that is the common setup used by a cooling enthusiast or overclocker.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed near the top opening of the case. This measurement is only for comparison purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which is not the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Operating System Configuration

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2°C error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2°C are considered irrelevant.

Our Tests

The table below presents the results of our measurements. We repeated the same test on all coolers listed below. Each measurement was taken with the CPU at full load. In the models with a fan supporting PWM, the motherboard controlled the fan speed according to core load and temperature. On coolers with an integrated fan controller, the fan was set at the full speed.

CoolerRoom Temp.NoiseSpeedCore Temp.Temp. Diff.
Cooler Master Hyper TX318 °C50 dBA2850 rpm69 °C51 °C
Corsair A7023 °C51 dBA2000 rpm66 °C43 °C
Corsair H10026 °C62 dBA2000 rpm64 °C38 °C
EVGA Superclock26 °C57 dBA2550 rpm67 °C41 °C
NZXT HAVIK 14020 °C46 dBA 1250 rpm65 °C45 °C
Thermalright True Spirit 12026 °C42 dBA1500 rpm82 °C56 °C
Zalman CNPS12X26 °C43 dBA1200 rpm71 °C45 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 Max20 °C51 dBA1700 rpm62 °C42 °C
Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition22 °C50 dBA2400 rpm65 °C43 °C
SilenX EFZ-120HA518 °C44 dBA1500 rpm70 °C52 °C
Noctua NH-L1220 °C44 dBA1450 rpm70 °C50 °C
Zalman CNPS8900 Extreme21 °C53 dBA2550 rpm71 °C50 °C
Gamer Storm Assassin15 °C48 dBA1450 rpm58 °C43 °C
Deepcool Gammaxx 40015 °C44 dBA1500 rpm60 °C45 °C
Cooler Master TPC 81223 °C51 dBA2350 rpm66 °C43 °C
Deepcool Gammaxx 30018 °C43 dBA1650 rpm74 °C56 °C
Intel stock cooler18 °C41 dBA2000 rpm97 °C79 °C
Xigmatek Praeton19 °C52 dBA2900 rpm83 °C64 °C
Noctua NH-U12P SE218 °C42 dBA1300 rpm69 °C51 °C
Deepcool Frostwin24 °C46 dBA1650 rpm78 °C54 °C

In the graph below, you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.

Deepcool Frostwin

In the graph below, you can see how many decibels of noise each cooler makes.

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Main Specifications

The main specifications for the Deepcool Frostwin CPU cooler include:

Conclusions

The Deepcool Frostwin looks like a double version of the Gammaxx 300, which we recently tested. As expected, the Frostwin is a little louder and is a slightly better performer than its “single brother.” The performance, however, isn’t at the same level as the high-end coolers we tested so far.

The cooler is beautiful, well-made, has a solid mounting system, and looks nice inside the case. On the other hand, it may be incompatible with memory modules equipped with tall heatsinks, depending on your motherboard “geography.”

Due to its reasonable cooling performance and noise level, the Deepcool Frostwin receives the Hardware Secrets Bronze Award.

Originally at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Deepcool-Frostwin-CPU-Cooler-Review/1573


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