Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 CPU Cooler Review
By Rafael Coelho on October 30, 2012


Introduction

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Let’s test the Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 CPU cooler, which has a tower heatsink with four direct-touch 8 mm heatpipes and one 120 mm fan with blue LEDs. Check it out!

We already tested the first version of the ICE BLADE PRO but this V2.0 version is a completely different cooler, sharing only the basic characteristics, such as the four 8 mm heatpipes and the 120 mm fan.

The ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 comes in a white cardboard box, as seen in Figure 1.

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Figure 1: Package

Figure 2 shows the contents of the box: heatsink, fan, a small tube of thermal compound, a manual, and installation hardware. The cooler comes with only one fan, but it supports up to two 120 mm fans.

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Figure 2: Accessories

Figure 3 displays the ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 heatsink.

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Figure 3: The ICE BLADE PRO V2.0

This cooler is discussed in detail in the following pages.

The ICE BLADE PRO V2.0

Figure 4 illustrates the front of the heatsink. The fins are not plain; they have small folds to avoid a perfectly laminar airflow inside the heatsink that could spoil the heat transfer.

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Figure 4: Front view

Figure 5 reveals the side of the cooler. Notice the four 8 mm heatpipes connecting the fins to the base.

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Figure 5: Side view

In Figure 6, you can see the top of the cooler.

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Figure 6: Top view

The ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 (Cont’d)

Figure 7 illustrates the well-polished base of the cooler. The four heatpipes touch the CPU directly, but there are small gaps between the heatpipes. The bigger problem with this is that, while the heatpipes in the middle receive heat directly, the outer heatpipes don’t completely touch the CPU.

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Figure 7: Base

Figure 8 shows the PWM-compatible 120 mm fan (with blue LEDs) that comes with the ICE BLADE PRO V2.0.

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Figure 8: Fan

Figure 9 reveals the heatsink with the fan installed.

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Figure 9: Fan installed

Installation

To install the Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0, first prepare the backplate. You must install the four screws in the holes that match your CPU socket, and then place it on the solder side of the motherboard. Figure 10 shows the backplate with the screws installed in the socket LGA1155 position.

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Figure 10: Backplate with screws

After that, install four spacers, and then the metal bars shown in Figure 11, holding them with four thumbnuts.

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Figure 11: Metal bars installed

Place the heatsink over the CPU and hold it, fastening the two screws at the transversal bar.

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Figure 12: Heatsink installed

The last step is to install the fan, as shown in Figure 13.

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Figure 13: 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
Thermaltake Frio Advanced13 °C56 dBA2000 rpm62 °C49 °C
Xigmatek Dark Knight Night Hawk Edition9 °C48 dBA2100 rpm53 °C44 °C
Thermaltake Frio Extreme21 °C53 dBA1750 rpm59 °C38 °C
Noctua NH-U9B SE212 °C44 dBA1700 rpm64 °C52 °C
Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro15 °C54 dBA2000 rpm52 °C37 °C
Deepcool Fiend Shark18 °C45 dBA1500 rpm74 °C56 °C
Arctic Freezer i3013 °C42 dBA1350 rpm63 °C50 °C
Spire TME III8 °C46 dBA1700 rpm70 °C62 °C
Thermaltake WATER2.0 Performer11 °C54 dBA2000 rpm49 °C38 °C
Arctic Alpine 11 PLUS11 °C45 dBA2000 rpm82 °C71 °C
be quiet! Dark Rock 210 °C41 dBA1300 rpm58 °C48 °C
Phanteks PH-TC14CS16 °C47 dBA1300 rpm58 °C42 °C
Phanteks PH-TC14PE16 °C48 dBA1300 rpm57 °C41 °C
SilverStone HE01 (Q)19 °C44 dBA1150 rpm63 °C44 °C
SilverStone HE01 (P)20 °C57 dBA2050 rpm62 °C42 °C
Thermaltake WATER2.0 Extreme (S)17 °C44 dBA1250 rpm52 °C35 °C
Thermaltake WATER2.0 Extreme (E)17 °C53 dBA1900 rpm50 °C33 °C
Deepcool Neptwin11 °C46 dBA1500 rpm56 °C45 °C
SilverStone HE0219 °C49 dBA2000 rpm64 °C45 °C
Zalman CNPS9900DF23 °C45 dBA1400 rpm68 °C45 °C
Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.022 °C43 dBA1500 rpm67 °C45 °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 ICE BLADE PRO V2.0

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

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0

Main Specifications

The main specifications for the Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 CPU cooler include:

Conclusions

With its stock fan, the ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 is an efficient CPU cooler, with a good cooling performance and a very low noise level. The installation is easy and reliable, which is a good characteristic for a tower cooler.

It could probably perform even better if you install a second fan, or replace the quiet fan that comes with it for a stronger (and louder) one.

Being a quiet, beautiful, well-made, and good performance CPU cooler, the Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 receives our Silver Award.

Originally at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Deepcool-ICE-BLADE-PRO-V20-CPU-Cooler-Review/1659


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