[nextpage title=”Introduction”]

Let’s test the Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 CPU cooler, which has a tower heatsink with four direct-touch 8 mm heatpipes and one 120 mm fan with blue LEDs. Check it out!

We already tested the first version of the ICE BLADE PRO but this V2.0 version is a completely different cooler, sharing only the basic characteristics, such as the four 8 mm heatpipes and the 120 mm fan.

The ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 comes in a white cardboard box, as seen in Figure 1.

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0Figure 1: Package

Figure 2 shows the contents of the box: heatsink, fan, a small tube of thermal compound, a manual, and installation hardware. The cooler comes with only one fan, but it supports up to two 120 mm fans.

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0Figure 2: Accessories

Figure 3 displays the ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 heatsink.

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0Figure 3: The ICE BLADE PRO V2.0

This cooler is discussed in detail in the following pages.

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Figure 4 illustrates the front of the heatsink. The fins are not plain; they have small folds to avoid a perfectly laminar airflow inside the heatsink that could spoil the heat transfer.

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0Figure 4: Front view

Figure 5 reveals the side of the cooler. Notice the four 8 mm heatpipes connecting the fins to the base.

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0Figure 5: Side view

In Figure 6, you can see the top of the cooler.

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0Figure 6: Top view

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Figure 7 illustrates the well-polished base of the cooler. The four heatpipes touch the CPU directly, but there are small gaps between the heatpipes. The bigger problem with this is that, while the heatpipes in the middle receive heat directly, the outer heatpipes don’t completely touch the CPU.

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0Figure 7: Base

Figure 8 shows the PWM-compatible 120 mm fan (with blue LEDs) that comes with the ICE BLADE PRO V2.0.

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0Figure 8: Fan

Figure 9 reveals the heatsink with the fan installed.

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0Figure 9: Fan installed

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To install the Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0, first prepare the backplate. You must install the four screws in the holes that match your CPU socket, and then place it on the solder side of the motherboard. Figure 10 shows the backplate with the screws installed in the socket LGA1155 position.

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0Figure 10: Backplate with screws

After that, install four spacers, and then the metal bars shown in Figure 11, holding them with four thumbnuts.

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0Figure 11: Metal bars installed

Place the heatsink over the CPU and hold it, fastening the two screws at the transversal bar.

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0Figure 12: Heatsink installed

The last step is to install the fan, as shown in Figure 13.

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0Figure 13: Installation finished

[nextpage title=”How We Tested”]

We tested the cooler with a Core i5-2500K CPU (quad-core, 3.3 GHz), which is a socket LGA1155 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 4.0 GHz (100 MHz base clock and x40 multiplier), with 1.3 V core voltage (Vcore). This CPU was able to reach 4.8 GHz with its default core voltage, but at this setting, the processor enters thermal throttling when using mainstream coolers, reducing the clock and thus the thermal dissipation. This could interfere with the temperature readings, so we chose to maintain a moderate overclocking.

We measured noise and temperature with the CPU under full load. In order to get 100% CPU usage in all cores, we ran Prime 95 25.11 with the “In-place Large FFTs” option. (In this version, the software uses all available threads.)

We compared the tested cooler to other coolers we already tested, and to the stock cooler that comes with the Core i5-2500K CPU. Note that the results cannot be compared to measures taken on a different hardware configuration, so we retested some “old” coolers with this new methodology. This means you can find different values in older reviews than the values you will read on the next page. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that comes with it.< /p>

Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer. The core temperature was read with the SpeedFan program (available from the CPU thermal sensors), using an arithmetic average of the core temperature readings.

During the tests, the panels of the computer case were closed. The front and rear case fans were spinning at minimum speed in order to simulate the “normal” cooler use on a well-ventilated case. We assume that is the common setup used by a cooling enthusiast or overclocker.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed near the top opening of the case. This measurement is only for comparison purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which is not the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Operating System Configuration

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2°C error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2°C are considered irrelevant.

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The table below presents the results of our measurements. We repeated the same test on all coolers listed below. Each measurement was taken with the CPU at full load. In the models with a fan supporting PWM, the motherboard controlled the fan speed according to core load and temperature. On coolers with an integrated fan controller, the fan was set at the full speed.

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp. Temp. Diff.
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 18 °C 50 dBA 2850 rpm 69 °C 51 °C
Corsair A70 23 °C 51 dBA 2000 rpm 66 °C 43 °C
Corsair H100 26 °C 62 dBA 2000 rpm 64 °C 38 °C
EVGA Superclock 26 °C 57 dBA 2550 rpm 67 °C 41 °C
NZXT HAVIK 140 20 °C 46 dBA 1250 rpm 65 °C 45 °C
Thermalright True Spirit 120 26 °C 42 dBA 1500 rpm 82 °C 56 °C
Zalman CNPS12X 26 °C 43 dBA 1200 rpm 71 °C 45 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 Max 20 °C 51 dBA 1700 rpm 62 °C 42 °C
Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition 22 °C 50 dBA 2400 rpm 65 °C 43 °C
SilenX EFZ-120HA5 18 °C 44 dBA 1500 rpm 70 °C 52 °C
Noctua NH-L12 20 °C 44 dBA 1450 rpm 70 °C 50 °C
Zalman CNPS8900 Extreme 21 °C 53 dBA 2550 rpm 71 °C 50 °C
Gamer Storm Assassin 15 °C 48 dBA 1450 rpm 58 °C 43 °C
Deepcool Gammaxx 400 15 °C 44 dBA 1500 rpm 60 °C 45 °C
Cooler Master TPC 812 23 °C 51 dBA 2350 rpm 66 °C 43 °C
Deepcool Gammaxx 300 18 °C 43 dBA 1650 rpm 74 °C 56 °C
Intel stock cooler 18 °C 41 dBA 2000 rpm 97 °C 79 °C
Xigmatek Prae
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19 °C 52 dBA 2900 rpm 83 °C 64 °C
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 18 °C 42 dBA 1300 rpm 69 °C 51 °C
Deepcool Frostwin 24 °C 46 dBA 1650 rpm 78 °C 54 °C
Thermaltake Frio Advanced 13 °C 56 dBA 2000 rpm 62 °C 49 °C
Xigmatek Dark Knight Night Hawk Edition 9 °C 48 dBA 2100 rpm 53 °C 44 °C
Thermaltake Frio Extreme 21 °C 53 dBA 1750 rpm 59 °C 38 °C
Noctua NH-U9B SE2 12 °C 44 dBA 1700 rpm 64 °C 52 °C
Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro 15 °C 54 dBA 2000 rpm 52 °C 37 °C
Deepcool Fiend Shark 18 °C 45 dBA 1500 rpm 74 °C 56 °C
Arctic Freezer i30 13 °C 42 dBA 1350 rpm 63 °C 50 °C
Spire TME III 8 °C 46 dBA 1700 rpm 70 °C 62 °C
Thermaltake WATER2.0 Performer 11 °C 54 dBA 2000 rpm 49 °C 38 °C
Arctic Alpine 11 PLUS 11 °C 45 dBA 2000 rpm 82 °C 71 °C
be quiet! Dark Rock 2 10 °C 41 dBA 1300 rpm 58 °C 48 °C
Phanteks PH-TC14CS 16 °C 47 dBA 1300 rpm 58 °C 42 °C
Phanteks PH-TC14PE 16 °C 48 dBA 1300 rpm 57 °C 41 °C
SilverStone HE01 (Q) 19 °C 44 dBA 1150 rpm 63 °C 44 °C
SilverStone HE01 (P) 20 °C 57 dBA 2050 rpm 62 °C 42 °C
Thermaltake WATER2.0 Extreme (S) 17 °C 44 dBA 1250 rpm 52 °C 35 °C
Thermaltake WATER2.0 Extreme (E) 17 °C 53 dBA 1900 rpm 50 °C 33 °C
Deepcool Neptwin 11 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 56 °C 45 °C
SilverStone HE02 19 °C 49 dBA 2000 rpm 64 °C 45 °C
Zalman CNPS9900DF 23 °C 45 dBA 1400 rpm 68 °C 45 °C
Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 22 °C 43 dBA 1500 rpm 67 °C 45 °C

In the graph below, you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0

In the graph below, you can see how many decibels of noise each cooler makes.

Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0

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The main specifications for the Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 CPU cooler include:

  • Application: Sockets LGA775, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA2011, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, and FM2
  • Dimensions: 2.8 x 4.9 x 6.3 inches (70 x 125 x 161 mm) (W x L x H)
  • Fins: Aluminum
  • Base: Direct-touch heatpipes
  • Heat-pipes: Four 8-mm copper heatpipes
  • Fan: 120 mm
  • Nominal fan speed: 1,500 rpm
  • Fan air flow: 60.29 cfm
  • Power consumption: 3.0 W
  • Nominal noise level: 32.1 dBA
  • Weight: 2.16 Lbs (981 g)
  • More information: https://www.deepcool-us.com
  • MSRP in the U.S.: USD 45.00

[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]

With its stock fan, the ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 is an efficient CPU cooler, with a good cooling performance and a very low noise level. The installation is easy and reliable, which is a good characteristic for a tower cooler.

It could probably perform even better if you install a second fan, or replace the quiet fan that comes with it for a stronger (and louder) one.

Being a quiet, beautiful, well-made, and good performance CPU cooler, the Deepcool ICE BLADE PRO V2.0 receives our Silver Award.