DeepCool Frostwin CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

The Frostwin is one of DeepCool’s higher range of heatsink, twin towers with twin fans.

DeepCool Frostwin CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

The Heatsink

Here’s the top view of the heatsink. As you can see, the fan is not the usual casing fan on the market.

DeepCool Frostwin CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

The fans are held in place by the holders.

DeepCool Frostwin CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

As you can see the fan’s diameter is greater than the heatsink itself.

DeepCool Frostwin CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

The base, cooper pipes nice and shining.

DeepCool Frostwin CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

The installation of this heatsink was rather nightmarish, it took me quite a while to figure out the base plate installation but I manage to get it done. It’s a super base place and once you get it done, you’ll appreciate how solid it is yet at the same time, realize how much they need to improve on their instruction manual. 😛

DeepCool Frostwin CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

The nasty thing is that once the base plate is in place, you can’t lift the securing mechanism from the CPU socket. 🙁 Guess what – I had to remove the bracket to install the processor. ARGGHHH.

DeepCool Frostwin CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

As if the frustration of the base plate installation wasn’t enough, the journey reaches the final point where you must align the mounting screws to the holes.

TIP : Align them first, even before placing the heatsink to be mounted.

DeepCool Frostwin CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

And even if you did align the screws, it is impossible to install the heatsink without removal of the fans in between the tower unless your motherboard is dismounted from the casing. 🙁

Discmounting the fan from the heatsink would mean you’ll have a fan dangling – this is not a joke. The fans’ power connection are joined so you have to use both fans or none at all.

Phew……. More details at the Official Product Page

Test Setup / Benchmarks

The computer setup used for this review.

Processor Intel Core i5-2500K
RAM Avexir Core Series 4GB DDR3 1600
Motherboard MSI Z77A-GD45
Power Supply Xigmatek NRP-PC602 600w
Operating System Windows 8 Pro 64bit

The processor was overclocked to 4.2ghz and vCore set to 1.25.

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Temperature was monitored using HW Monitor.

CPU load was done by converting 10bit MKV video to 8bit using x264, set to -veryslow mode.

  Idle (°C) Load (°C)
Frostwin 31 55
Gammaxx 300 40 55

Temperature looks pretty good for a budget cooler.

The Verdict

You might think it’s disappointing that the Frostwin works like the Gammaxx but do note that the Frostwin takes much lesser effort (lower fan RPM) to attain the temperature.

What’s most interesting is that I could even run the Frostwin fanless with my Intel Core i5-2500K (without overclocking), and I could last game after game of StarCraft II without a hitch. Temperature remains well below 80c.

Pretty good for a heatsink retailing at USD 40.

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