Deepcool Frostwin ReviewCryonics - June 24, 2012
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Deepcool is known for manufacturing quality products and its designs do have a certain appeal to them. The overall design of the Frostwin was impressive, from the twin towers to the conical shape of the fans. The included mounting hardware was as diverse as it was impressive; easy to use although not a tool-free installation as some of its other offerings but none the less easy to use. The fans are super silent with a maximum noise level of only 21dBA and built to last. They are missing the LEDs that some of us like to see on our fans but once again not a deal breaker. Performance-wise Deepcool needs to up the stakes a little if it intends to compete in the mainstream market. The Frostwin did well against its comparison coolers again only giving up a few Celsius in some of the test while at the same time making up for it in others. But it still lacks the power of some of today's other high end coolers on the market.
My expectations for the Frostwin cooler were high, maybe even too high, but unfortunately we get let down sometimes and this was one of those times. The Frostwin's design is unique, but there are a few things that could have been done differently. First, let's consider that some of today's CPU coolers move as much as 89.43CFM while the fans on the Frostwin only move 55.50CFM - that is a massive difference of 33.93CFM. With that kind of airflow it is going to be hard to compete with the big boys. If the included fans had an airflow of at least 65CFM we would have seen a nice boost in the performance department. Second is the cooling fin alignment; this needs to be near perfect for optimal airflow to help ensure the best performance from a cooler, which in a twin tower design can be difficult to achieve. The Frostwin did have some clearance issues with the memory modules as mentioned on page two; you will need memory with a very low profile to fit under the outside fan.
With everything considered from price to performance, Deepcool's Frostwin is a tough sale with so many other coolers on the market in the $35-$40 dollar range that offer a much greater performance and value. It is difficult to recommend the Frostwin as a viable cooling solution.
- Twin Tower design
- Two fans included
- Super Silent
- Low performance for overclocked CPUs
- No LEDs