Date: November 1st, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Deepcool
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The retail box is rather plain but informative and features a clear window through which the cooler can be seen in detail. The fan, mounting solutions and accessories are packed in three separate boxes and the cooler is nestled in foamboard blocks to protect it during transport.
Deepcool packs a lot of stuff in the retail box. The mounting solution looks to be simple and easily installed. We'll see. Deepcool includes four fan clips and a power adapter to use two fans on the Ice Matrix 400, but only a single fan is supplied. There are some other fan adapters in the accessory pack and the fan looks interesting, but we'll discuss these a bit later.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The Ice Matrix 400, I assume, gets its moniker from the fact that it has four 6mm heatpipes and an interesting staggered fin design. (Could this design be what “matrix” refers to?) At any rate there are lots of aluminum fins attached to the copper heatpipes and they are open on the sides of the cooler. The densely packed fins would suggest that high-pressure/high-flow fans would be advantageous here, but we'll see how the Deepcool fan does a bit later. An aluminum fin array is also incorporated into the base design and they reside on the top surface of the copper base that sandwiches the heatpipes.
Deepcool calls the base finish “mirror polished” in their feature list. I wouldn't call it that, although it appears to be dead flat across the base. There is no mention of finish anywhere that I can find, but the cooler is clearly plated with some material. I assume it's nickel, but I have no direct knowledge of this. Notice how the ‘pipes exit the base and bend around to enter the fin array. The transitions are very clean, with little distortion and the sintered metal heatpipes should transport heat energy away from the base very efficiently.
Viewed from the top, we can see that the heatpipes are lined up across the width of the cooler with a space in the middle that corresponds with the hub area of the fan. This photo also gives you a good look at the fin design. The base has a notch and a threaded hole that allows easy attachment of the mounting clips, as we'll see a bit later.