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This time we are testing the Deepcool V6000 VGA cooler, which has a big heatsink with six heatpipes and two 92 mm fans. Check it out!
In Figure 1, you can see the V6000 box. It is made of hard cardpaper, opening like a jewel case. All the parts are fit in a foam filling.
In Figure 2, you can see the items that come in the package: the heatsink, fans, manual, a large number of small heatsinks for the memory chips and voltage regulator transistors, thermal grease, and installation hardware.
In Figure 3, you can check the V6000 heatsink.
[nextpage title=”The Deepcool V6000″]In Figure 4, we have the cooler viewed from the top side.
In Figure 5, you see the left side of the cooler. Here, you can check the six nickel-plated heatpipes.
In Figure 6 you can see the right side of the heatsink, which ends with a simple fin.
In Figure 7, you can see the top of the cooler. Note that the six heatpipes extends longitudinally on the entire heatsink.
[nextpage title=”The Deepcool V6000 (Cont’d)”]In Figure 8, you can see the bottom of the cooler. All the six heatpipes are connected directly to the base.
In Figure 9, you see the base of the cooler. It is plain, with no perfect mirrored finishing. Note the threaded holes near the base, where you attach the screws that hold the cooler in place.
The 92-mm fans have blue blades and a black rubber-coated frame, which helps to absorb vibration. The connectors are three-pin ones, therefore with no PWM support.
In Figure 11, you can check the V6000 with the fans in place. They are held in place by steel wire clips.
[nextpage title=”Installation on a GeForce GTS 250″]In order to test the V6000, we installed it on our Zotac GeForce GTS 250, which you can check in Figure 12 with its stock cooler.
Installing the V6000 was easy. You just need to put it over your video card GPU, an then attach four thumbscrews from the solder side of the card, screwing them to the base of the cooler. There are lots of holes, making it compatible with virtually any VGA, even GeForce GTX 400 models.
In Figure 13, you can see the V6000 installed on our GeForce GTS 250. As we always do in our reviews, we didn’t install the heatsinks on the memory chips.
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In Figures 14, 15, 16, and 17, you have a general view of the Deepcool V6000 installed on our GeForce GTS 250. It is very important to note that this cooler will take three expansion slots of your case, meaning that your video card will use a total of four (yes, four) expansion slots.
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We ran some simple tests to check the performance of the Deepcool V6000, measuring the GPU core temperature with the aid of the SpeedFan software, and sound pressure level (SPL) with a digital noise meter set 4" (10 cm) from the video card, with the GPU at full load running the [email protected] GPU client. For this measurement, we turned off the fans of the case and the CPU cooler, so they noise wouldn’t interfere. Please keep in mind that sound pressure level measurement is just for comparative purposes, because a precise measurement would have to be done in an acoustically insulated anechoic chamber, which we don’t have.
We compared the results from the V6000 with some other coolers we tested recently, and with the VGA stock cooler. You can check the results in the table below.
|Product||Noise||Room Temp.||Core Temp.||Temp. Diff.||Speed|
|Stock Cooler||61 dBA||16 °C||73 °C||57 °C||–|
|Zalman VF1000 LED (min.)||44 dBA||16 °C||74 °C||58 °C||1400 rpm|
|Zalman VF1000 LED (max.)||51 dBA||16 °C||61 °C||45 °C||2600 rpm|
|Scythe Musashi (min.)||40 dBA||16 °C||65 °C||49 °C||850 rpm|
|Scythe Musashi (max.)||47 dBA||16 °C||58 °C||42 °C||1950 rpm|
|Zalman VF3000A (min)||47 dBA||19 °C||52 °C||33 °C||1500 rpm|
|Zalman VF3000A (máx)||57 dBA||19 °C||49 °C||30 °C||2800 rpm|
|Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo Pro||43 dBA||15 °C||50 °C||35 °C||–|
|Gelid Icy Vision||54 dBA||15 °C||66 °C||51 °C||2050 rpm|
|Deepcool V4000||44 dBA||21 °C||70 °C||49 °C||1850 rpm|
|Deepcool V6000||52 dBA||25 °C||56 °C||31 °C||1950 rpm|
In the graph below, you can compare the temperature differences between the GPU core and the room. Remember that the lower the value, the better performance is.
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The main specifications for the Deepcool V6000 VGA cooler include:
- Fan: Two 92 mm fans with nominal speed of 1800 rpm
- Base: Nickel-plated copper
- Heatpipes: Six nickel-plated copper heatpipes
- Heatsink: Aluminum fins connected to the heatpipes
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 4.4 x 2.6 inches (212.5 x 110.5 x 65 mm) (W x L x H)
- Weight: 1.67 lbs (759 g)
- Extra features: Heatsinks for memory chips and voltage regulator transistors
- 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
The Deepcool V6000 is big and heavy, and the fans are also big and powerful. The only problem is that after installing it, your video card will use four (yes, four) expansion slots from your case. Therefore, if you want to have a second video card in your system, your motherboard must have a distance of five slots between the two PCI Express x16 slots, and if you want to have two video cards with the V6000 installed you will need a case with eight expansion slots.
Its weight must be kept in mind when moving your computer around, since a harder bump can damage your hardware, if your case doesn’t have an extra bracket to hold video cards at their ends.
The installation of the V6000 is a breeze, and it offers compatibility to virtually any video card, thanks to a big set of installation holes. The heatsinks that come with the V6000 can also fit the memory chips and voltage regulator transistors of any VGA.
The Deepcool V6000 is indeed a high-end VGA cooler. It performed as good as the best video card cooler we tested so far, while being quieter than it. So, the Deepcool V6000 deserves the Hardware Secrets Golden Award.