Deepcool Frostwin ReviewCryonics - June 24, 2012
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First up is a front and rear view with the fans attached and covering the majority of the cooling fins. At this angle we can see the bell shaped design; although it is not officially stated I would assume this is meant as a way to more effectively channel air across the cooling fins. If you look at the photo on the left you will see that the fans overlap the side of the cooler; this allows for some additional tension to help keep the fans secure.
The twin tower design looks like it may have a lot to offer in the way of performance with the push/pull configuration. The cooler is equipped with a total of four heat pipes that are roughly U shaped. Each of the four heat pipes extend one half inch above the top of the towers and run parallel to one another up both sides of the cooler. The base itself is made up of the typical mixed metal combination of aluminum for the top and copper for the heat pipes along with integrated fins for added heat dissipation. The heat pipes themselves are one quarter of an inch across and there does not appear to be any type of solder or thermal epoxy between them and the aluminum; at the same time the gaps between the copper and aluminum seem to be much smaller on the Frostwin than they did on the GAMMAXX 400. From a profile view you can see how the heat pipes fan outward at varying degrees before turning upward and enter the fins. The contact surface is nice and smooth and has been polished, but not to the extent that it has a mirror like finish to it. For some this can be an issue while others do not pay much attention to it.
Looking at the fans one thing that does concern me, although great in theory, is the fact that both are controlled by a single power supply cable. In the event one of the fans should begin to suffer from a failure (either outright quits working or a loss in RPM) you would need to purchase replacement fans as there is no way to disconnect one from the other. Each fan contains nine blades with a rated speed of 900±150~1600±10%RPM that help push a maximum of 55.50CFM of airflow thru the Frostwin's twin tower design. An airflow of 55.50CFM is not substantial when you start considering the amount of heat generated by today's processors.
Mounting the cooler was straight forward and not all that complicated. Unfortunately with the motherboard still in the case this task proved to be a bit time consuming and a little on the tricky side. With that having been said I removed the motherboard and in less than three minutes I had the Frostwin securely in place and ready to place the motherboard back in the case. Total time from removing the motherboard to replacement was right at seven minutes, which is not bad considering I had to reconnect everything. Once the Frostwin was mounted on the motherboard it became painfully evident I would need a very low profile memory module to fit under the outside fan. As shown in the photos below the outside fan was still touching the number one memory slot. Although this did not cause any issues it is still something to consider when looking at the Frostwin cooler unless you are considering purchasing two standard 120x120x25mm fans as replacements.