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Let´s test the Deepcool Neptwin, a CPU cooler with two tower heatsinks, six heatpipes, and two 120 mm fans. Check it out!

The Neptwin comes in a tall cardboard box, as seen in Figure 1.

Deepcool NeptwinFigure 1: Package

Figure 2 shows the contents of the box: heatsink, fans, a small tube of thermal compound, manuals, fan connector splitter, and installation hardware. The Neptwin comes with two fans, but there are wire holders for up to three fans.

Deepcool NeptwinFigure 2: Accessories

Figure 3 displays the heatsink of the Deepcool Neptwin.

Deepcool NeptwinFigure 3: The Neptwin heatsink

This cooler is discussed in detail on the following pages.

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Figure 4 illustrates the front of the heatsink. The six heatpipes are distributed at the sides of the heatsink, which is the area that receives the most airflow.

Deepcool NeptwinFigure 4: Front view

Figure 5 reveals the side of the cooler. Here you can see the two independent heatsinks.

Deepcool NeptwinFigure 5: Side view

In Figure 6, you can see the top of the cooler. The fins are almost rectangular, and the tips of the heatpipes are exposed.

Deepcool NeptwinFigure 6: Top view

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Figure 7 illustrates the base of the cooler. The heatpipes don’t touch the CPU directly; there is a nickel-plated copper plate at the base, soldered to the heatpipes. The base surface is perfectly mirrored.

Deepcool NeptwinFigure 7: Base

Figure 8 reveals the 120 mm fans that come with the reviewed cooler. One of them supports PWM speed control, while the other one has a three-pin connector, which means it is not PWM compatible.

Deepcool NeptwinFigure 8: Fans

Figure 9 shows the Deepcool Neptwin with the fans in place.

Deepcool NeptwinFigure 9: Fans installed

Figure 10 illustrates the fan connector hub, which allows you to connect up to four fans in a single motherboard fan header.

Deepcool NeptwinFigure 10: Fan connector hub

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The first step of the installation of the Neptwin is to prepare the backplate. You must install the four screws in the holes that match your CPU socket, holding it in place with rubber pieces that also act as insulators. Figure 11 shows the backplate with the screws installed in the socket LGA1155 position.

Deepcool NeptwinFigure 11: Backplate with screws

Locate the backplate in the solder side of the motherboard, install four plastic spacers, and then the metal bars shown in Figure 12, securing them with four nuts.

Deepcool NeptwinFigure 12: Metal bars

Put the cooler in, holding it with a transversal bar. Notice that the first fan was located over all of our memory modules.

Deepcool NeptwinFigure 13: Heatsink installed

The last step is to install the second fan, as shown in Figure 14.

Deepcool NeptwinFigure 14: Installation finished

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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.

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 Praeton 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

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 Neptwin

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

Deepcool Neptwin

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The main specifications for the Deepcool Neptwin CPU cooler include:

  • Application: Sockets 775, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, and FM1 processor
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 5.0 x 6.3 inches (136 x 126 x 159 mm) (W x L x H)
  • Fins: Aluminum
  • Base: Nickel-platec copper
  • Heat-pipes: Six 6-mm copper heatpipes
  • Fan: Two, 120 mm
  • Nominal fan speed: 1,500 rpm / 1,300 rpm
  • Fan air flow: 60.29 cfm / 53.65 cfm
  • Power consumption: 1.92 W + 1.56 W
  • Nominal noise level: 32.1 dBA / 26.6 dBA
  • Weight: 2.44 Lbs (1.11 kg)
  • More information: https://www.deepcool-us.com/
  • MSRP in the U.S.: USD 60.00

[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]

The Deepcool Neptwin is a very well-made, high-quality cooler. It is beautiful&nb
sp;and seems to be very sturdy. It has good cooling performance combined with quiet operation.

The Neptwin also has a flexible installation. You can install it with two fans as we did, but you can install only one fan at the middle (if you experience compatibility issues with memory modules), with one fan at the middle and the other one at the rear side, or even with three fans. You can also, of course, replace the stock fans for more powerful ones (sacrificing the silence for better performance).

Because of its good look, quality, low noise level, and performance, the Deepcool Neptwin gets the Hardware Secrets Silver Award.