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[nextpage title=”Introduction”]

The Ice Matrix 600 is a CPU cooler from Deepcool, with a tower design, six heatpipes "side by side" and a 140 mm fan. Let’s check its performance!

Half of the product box is transparent, allowing you to see the heatsink, as you can see in Figure 1.

Deepcool Ice Matrix 600Figure 1: Package

In Figure 2, you can check everything that comes in the box: heatsink, fan, installation parts, thermal compound and manual.

Deepcool Ice Matrix 600Figure 2: Accessories

In Figure 3, you can see the Ice Matrix 600 heatsink.

Deepcool Ice Matrix 600Figure 3: The Ice Matrix 600

In the next pages, you will see this cooler in detail.

[nextpage title=”The Deepcool Ice Matrix 600″]In Figure 4, you see the front of the heatsink. The six heatpipes are placed "side by side", i.e., all of them receive direct airflow from the fan. There is also a small auxiliary heatsink on the base.

Deepcool Ice Matrix 600Figure 4: Front View

In Figure 5, you can see the side of the heatsink. Thanks to the heatpipe distribution, the heatsink is very narrow.

Deepcool Ice Matrix 600Figure 5: Side view

In Figure 6, you check the top of the heatsink. Here you can have a good idea of the fin design. The fins are made of nickel-plated aluminum.

Deepcool Ice Matrix 600Figure 6: Top view

[nextpage title=”The Deepcool Ice Matrix 600 (Cont’d)”]The cooler base, shown in Figure 7, is made of nickel-plated copper, same material used on the heatpipes. The base surface is not polished enough for a mirror-like aspect.

Deepcool Ice Matrix 600Figure 7: Base

The 140 mm fan that comes with the Ice Matrix 600 has a rubber-coated frame, which helps to absorb vibrations. The power connector has four pins, meaning this fan is PWM-compatible. The cooler comes with only one fan, but you can install a second 120- or 140-mm fan.

Deepcool Ice Matrix 600Figure 8: Fan

[nextpage title=”Installation”]

The installation of the Ice Matrix 600 is simple. First you need to install the clips that are compatible with your CPU socket to the base of the cooler. In Figure 9, you can see the clip for Intel CPUs installed. The clips are held in place using one thumbscrew each.

Deepcool Ice Matrix 600Figure 9: Clip installed

Next, put the backplate that fits your CPU socket (only socket LGA1366 doesn’t require a backplate) on the solder side of the motherboard, and then attach the four nuts (shown in Figure 10) on the component side.

Deepcool Ice Matrix 600Figure 10: Nuts installed

After that, put the cooler in place and screw the four available thumbscrews.

Deepcool Ice Matrix 600Figure 11: The Ice Matrix 600 instaled in our case

Finally, attach the fan to the heatsink.

Deepcool Ice Matrix 600Figure 12: The Ice Matrix 600 instaled in our case

[nextpage title=”How We Tested”]

We tested the cooler with a Core i7-860 CPU (quad-core, 2.8 GHz), which is a socket LGA1156 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 3.3 GHz (150 MHz base clock and 22x multiplier), keeping the standard core voltage (Vcore), which was the maximum stable overclock we could make with the stock cooler. Keep in mind that we could have raised the CPU clock more, but to include the stock cooler in our comparison, we needed to use this moderate overclock.

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

We compared the tested cooler to the Intel stock cooler with a copper base (included with the CPU), as well as with other coolers. Note that in the past, we tested coolers with a socket LGA775 CPU, and 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 in the next page. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that accompanies it.

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 left panel of the case was open.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the case and video board cooler fans so they wouldn’t interfere with the results. 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

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 idle and 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 minimum speed on the idle test and at full speed on the full load test.

 

Idle Processor

Processor at Full Load

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp.
Intel stock (socket LGA1156) 14 °C 44 dBA 1700 rpm 46 °C 54 dBA 2500 rpm 90 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G1 14 °C 47 dBA 2050 rpm 33 °C 56 dBA 2900 rpm 62 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme 14 °C 45 dBA 1400 rpm 27 °C 53 dBA 1950 rpm 51 °C
Thermaltake Silent 1156 14 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 49 dBA 1750 rpm 69 °C
Noctua NH-D14 14 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 27 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 53 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Performa 14 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 28 °C 52 dBA 1950 rpm 54 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems 14 °C 40 dBA 750 rpm 27 °C 60 dBA 2550 rpm 50 °C
Thermaltake Frio 14 °C 46 dBA 1450 rpm 27 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 50 °C
Prolimatech Samuel 17 14 °C 40 dBA 750 rpm 40 °C 60 dBA 2550 rpm 63 °C
Zalman CNPS8000A 18 °C 43 dBA 1400 rpm 39 °C 54 dBA 2500 rpm 70 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse II 14 °C 55 dBA 2200 rpm 28 °C 55 dBA 2200 rpm 53 °C
Scythe Ninja3 17 °C 39 dBA 700 rpm 32 °C 55 dBA 1800 rpm 57 °C
Corsair A50 18 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 33 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 60 °C
Thermaltake Jing 18 °C 44 dBA 850/1150 rpm 34 °C 49 dBA < font size="1">1300 rpm 60 °C
GlacialTech Alaska 18 °C 43 dBA 1150 rpm 36 °C 51 dBA 1600 rpm 60 °C
Deepcool Gamer Storm 18 °C 43 dBA 1100 rpm 35 °C 48 dBA 1600 rpm 62 °C
Corsair A70 26 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 40 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 65 °C
Deepcool Ice Blade Pro 23 °C 45 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 52 dBA 1500 rpm 64 °C
AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 23 °C 47 dBA 1750 rpm 44 °C 51 dBA 2100 rpm 77 °C
Corsair H70 27 °C 60 dBA 1900 rpm 37 °C 60 dBA 1900 rpm 61 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 Max 27 °C 55 dBA 1600 rpm 38 °C 58 dBA 1750 rpm 63 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP 25 °C 45 dBA 1700 rpm 51 °C 49 dBA 1950 rpm 91 °C
CoolIT Vantage 26 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 37 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 62 °C
Deepcool Ice Matrix 600 25 °C 46 dBA 1100 rpm 41 °C 53 dBA 1300 rpm 69 °C

In the graph below, at full load 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 Matrix 600

[nextpage title=”Main Specifications”]

The main features of the Deepcool Ice Matrix 600 CPU cooler include:

  • Application: Socket LGA775, 1155, 1156, 1366, AM2, AM2+, and AM3 processors
  • Fins: Nickel-plated aluminum
  • Base: Nickel-plated copper
  • Heat-pipes: Six nickel-plated copper heatpipes
  • Fan: 140 mm
  • Nominal fan speed: 1,200 rpm
  • Fan air flow: 71.8 cfm
  • Maximum power consumption: 1.56 W
  • Nominal noise level: 26.7 dBA
  • Weight: 2.43 lbs (1100 g)
  • More information: https://www.deepcool-us.com
  • Average price in the US: We couldn’t find this cooler being sold in the US on the day we published this review

[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]

The Deepcool Ice Matrix 600 has a high-end looks, but a mainstream performance.

It looks very nice with its narrow design and the beautiful 140-mm blue rubber-cushioned fan. Installation was easy, and it is also a quiet cooler, just like other Deepcool coolers we tested recently.

The Deepcool Ice Matrix 600 receives the Hardware Secrets Bronze Award, thanks to its good performance, low noise level, and great looks.