Deepcool Ice Matrix 400 Reviewairman - December 22, 2010
Category: CPU Cooling
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I recently had the privilege of doing a review on the Deepcool Gamer Storm, which was a great looking heatsink that performed well, was easy to install, and isn't as costly as what you can find on the market. Rapidly making their way into the highly competitive computer cooling market, Deepcool is offering a wide range of cooling products from heatsinks, VGA and chipset coolers, to hard drive coolers. The signature but subtle black and blue colors of their fans give the origin of each of their products away with a quick glance from an experienced eye. The Deepcool Ice Matrix 400 is a compact tower cooler that takes advantage of four, 6mm heatpipes through an array of densely packed fins. Without giving too much away, it's time to move along to the closer look. In this review, I will provide an in-depth evaluation of the Deepcool Ice Matrix 400 from product presentation, un-boxing, the product itself, installation, and an intense testing.
The Deepcool Ice Matrix 400 is packaged in a white cardboard box that has a window in the front that displays the heatsink, underneath the Ice Matrix 400 label. The blue Deepcool logo appears in the top left of the front of the box. Underneath the front window are five icons that describe features about the heatsink, such as its copper base, PWM control and that it is compatible with Intel and AMD. The right side of the package lists the AMD and Intel socket compatibility, which include anything Intel 775/1156/1366 and AMD AM3/AM2+/AM2. This is pretty much the standard for all heatsinks now. The rear of the package lists all of the typical specifications, such as dimensions, weight, and information about the fan including voltage, current, RPM, and noise levels. I will go into more detail about these later in the review. Finally, the left side of the box only has a picture of the Ice Matrix 400 and the text "Patented De-Vibration Fan".
Deepcool manages to package a lot of extra stuff into the box. There are three individual boxes inside that contain the fan, the back plates and fan connectors, and the mounting clamps. Deepcool also supplies a small tube of thermal paste along with two sets of fan clips. Included is a 4-pin splitter cable that allows for an additional fan to run off one connector, and there is also a 7v Molex adapter in case the user chooses to run a lower voltage to the fan(s). I noticed that the mounting system is identical to that of the Gamer Storm, which means there is no back plate for 1366. I will explain how this works later in the review.
Now that I've got everything out of the box, it's time to take a look at the heatsink in a little more detail.