Deepcool Ice Blade ProMar 19th, 2011 | By Chris
The following system configuration will be used to test the Ice Blade Pro’s cooling capabilities:
- ASUS P5WD2
- Intel Pentium D 925 @ 3.00GHz w/ OCZ Gladiator Max HSF
- Buffalo Firestix 4x1024MB @ 800MHZ
- Powerman 300w PSU
- nVidia 8500gt
- Seagate 2.5″ 2x120GB Barracuda RAID0
- Windows 7 Home Premium
First off, the Pentium D is outdated hardware; so why did I choose it for this test? Mainly, because it runs hot. Being a dual core CPU running at 3.00GHz, with old 65nm fabrication, heat is inevitable. Using a more modern CPU, however, would run much cooler, and the heat sinks would “catch up” so to speak, and the differing performance between them wouldn’t be as substantial.
For the test, I will have the processor idle for two hours. Once the two hours are done, I will record the temperatures of the CPU core. I will then stress the CPU with Everest’s System Stability Test for two hours. Temperatures will be recorded again. The Ice Blade Pro will be tested against the following competitors:
- Stock cooler
- Deepcool Ice Matrix 400
- OCZ Gladiator Max
The ambient room temperature is 21 degrees Celsius
Here are the results:
When idling, the Ice Blade Pro sits at a decent 33 degrees; one degree ahead of its contender, the Ice Matrix 400. Compared to Intel’s stock heat sink, however, we see a very nice 13 degree performance difference.
Jumping up 18 degrees to a full 51 degrees, things start to look hot. Considering all things, it’s still good for the Ice Blade Pro, as it still maintains the lead by four degrees. The biggest thing to note here is the benefit of using a performance heat sink as opposed to a stock heat sink, seen here by the 29 degree difference between the Ice Blade Pro and Intel’s stock heat sink.
During the tests, the single 120mm fan was running at its full power – 1500 RPM. This speed is a good balance between silence and performance, as it doesn’t spin up fast enough to create a rush of wind as to develop an annoying distraction, and yet does not spin too slow as to hinder performance. However, a higher RPM fan would have been acceptable, for users willing to sacrifice some silence to gain cooling performance, or possibly an included second fan.