360° View - DeepCool Ice Blade Pro
Information on Frostytech's test
The 120mm PWM fan spins at 1000-1500RPM and draws
power from a standard 4-pin PWM motherboard fan header. It is backwards
compatible with 3-pin connectors. The four 8mm diameter copper heatpipes extend from the base
up through all the nickel plated aluminum fins. The cuts in
the aluminum base cap are for the CPU mounting clip to lock into. The aluminum
fins measure 0.4mm thick and are spaced 2.0mm apart. With the fan removed you can
clearly see the bent fin pattern and off-set heatpipe placement.
The Deep Cool IceBlade Pro heatsink stands 155mm
tall, the bottom-most fin is 38mm above the CPU socket
for clearance of adjacent capacitors, chipset heatsinks, etc. The four copper heat pipes
are positioned side to side at the center of the aluminum block
where they make direct contact with the processor. The base
incorporates a 12mm thick aluminum section to provide support for
Notice the scalloped pattern on the leading/trailing edge on a portion of the fins?
The usable area of the Deep Cool IceBlade Pro's base is 42x43mm. The
four 8mm diameter copper heatpipes have been swaged into the aluminum
base block and then soldered in place - however it is only intended
to distribute clamping support.
Base Finish and Flatness
Flipping a heatsink over to
inspect the business end is often a simple indicator of overall cooler quality.
More practically speaking, a heatsink is in many ways only as effective as the
contact it makes with the processor - the flatter and smoother the better. Base
finish is one of the criteria that Frostytech measure in the course of
evaluating heatsinks, and it involves two distinct aspects. Surface Finish is
the first; this is calculated with the aid of Surface Roughness Comparator that
has a cross section of common machine surface finishes and their numerical
surface roughness equivalents in microinches. The second is Surface Flatness.
This is tested with an engineers straight edge or proven flat surface, in two
The DeepCool Ice Blade Pro
heatsink has a surface roughness of approximately 8 microinches, which is
considered excellent. The base itself has a smooth machined finish and is
perfectly flat in both axis. The copper and aluminum parts were flush on
the unit Frostytech tested.