Deepcool V4000 VGA Cooler Review
By Rafael Otto Coelho on November 1, 2010
We are reviewing today the Deepcool V4000 VGA cooler, which has a copper heatsink, four heatpipes and two 80 mm fans. Check it out!
In Figure 1, you can see the V4000 box, a plastic blister package that allows you to see the entire cooler.
In Figure 2, you can see the items that come in the package: the cooler itself, manual, memory heatsinks, thermal grease, and installation hardware.
In Figure 3, you can see the top of the cooler. The dark semitransparent fans are mounted on a frame that is manufactured using the same material used in the fans.
In Figure 4 you can see the front side of the cooler.
In Figure 5, you see the side of the cooler. The fins are made of copper, and you can note that there is a gap between the heatsink and the base of the cooler.
In Figure 6 you can check the heatpipes, note how they are curved.
In Figure 7, you can see the base of the cooler. Note that the heatpipes are well spaced in the full-copper heatsink. The base is well polished, showing a mirror-like aspect.
In Figure 8, you see the fan frame removed from the heatsink. There are two power connector for the fans; one three-pin (no PWM support, but if you connect it to your motherboard you can monitor the fan speed) and one standard peripheral power connector (that you can connect directly to your power supply). Of course you need to connect only one of the two. The fans have blue LEDs inside them.
Before installing the cooler, you need to install the screws in the base, as you can check in Figure 9. There are four possible positions for the screws, so the cooler can be installed on virtually any video card.
In order to test the V4000, we installed it on our Zotac GeForce GTS 250, which you can check in Figure 10 with its stock cooler.
In Figure 11, you can see the nuts that hold the cooler, placed on the solder side of our video card. The cooler is heavy, and the addition of a backplate could help holding the cooler without forcing the printed circuit board.
In Figure 12, you can see the V4000 installed on our GeForce GTS 250. As we always do in our reviews, we didn't install the heatsinks on the memory chips.
In Figures 13, 14, 15, and 16, you have a general view of the Deepcool V4000 installed on our GeForce GTS 250. It is very important to note that this cooler will take two expansion slots of your case, meaning that your video card will use a total of three expansion slots.
We ran some simple tests to check the performance of the Deepcool V4000, measuring the GPU core temperature with the aid of the SpeedFan software, and sound pressure level (SPL) with a digital noise meter set 4" (10 cm) from the video card, with the GPU at full load running the folding@Home GPU client. For this measurement, we turned off the fans of the case and the CPU cooler, so they noise wouldn't interfere. Please keep in mind that sound pressure level measurement is just for comparative purposes, because a precise measurement would have to be done in an acoustically insulated anechoic chamber, which we don't have.
We compared the results from the V4000 with some other coolers we tested recently, and with the VGA stock cooler. You can check the results in the table below.
|Product||Noise||Room Temp.||Core Temp.||Temp. Diff.||Speed|
|Stock Cooler||61 dBA||16 °C||73 °C||57 °C||-|
|VF1000 LED (min.)||44 dBA||16 °C||74 °C||58 °C||1400 rpm|
|VF1000 LED (max.)||51 dBA||16 °C||61 °C||45 °C||2600 rpm|
|Scythe Musashi (min.)||40 dBA||16 °C||65 °C||49 °C||850 rpm|
|Scythe Musashi (max.)||47 dBA||16 °C||58 °C||42 °C||1950 rpm|
|VF3000A (min)||47 dBA||19 °C||52 °C||33 °C||1500 rpm|
|VF3000A (máx)||57 dBA||19 °C||49 °C||30 °C||2800 rpm|
|Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo Pro||43 dBA||15 °C||50 °C||35 °C||-|
|Gelid Icy Vision||54 dBA||15 °C||66 °C||51 °C||2050 rpm|
|Deepcool V4000||44 dBA||21 °C||70 °C||49 °C||1850 rpm|
In the graph below, you can compare the temperature differences between the GPU core and the room. Remember that the lower the value, the better performance is.
The main specifications for the Deepcool V4000 VGA cooler include:
The Deepcool V4000 is a mainstream VGA cooler. In our tests it cooled our video card a little better than the stock cooler, but a lot quieter. On the other hand, its performance was not at the same level of the high-end VGA coolers we tested so far.
Depending on the price it will be sold, the Deepcool V4000 VGA cooler can be a good choice if you are looking for a quiet, nice-looking cooler for your video card.