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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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
Mr. Bones likes the overall look of the Ice Matrix 400 and is also impressed with the fit and finish it displays. He likes the fact that, while this cooler supports a 120mm fan, it's relatively compact. He's reserving judgment, however, until we have a chance to do some testing.
Deepcool includes one of their UF120 fans with the Ice Matrix 400 and the sleeved fantail terminates in a 4-pin connector to support the fan's PWM functionality. “But my mobo doesn't have any four-pin headers,” you might exclaim. No worries. The fan will work perfectly fine when connected to a three-pin mobo header, you just won't be able to take advantage of the PWM control. Besides the stylish center hub and blue blades, it has some other interesting features.
Each of the nine blades has three raised speedline features. One might assume that these somehow improve the airflow or dampen noise, but Deepcool says that they are purely aesthetic and offer a unique visual effect when the blades are spinning. Notice the blue ring inside the frame?
This is the TPE feature incorporated into the fan design. In the photo above you can see the hybrid design where the strong blue plastic core is surrounded by a softer, vibration dampening material to minimize fan noise being transferred to, and amplified by the cooler's fin array.
Mounting solutions support all modern AMD and Intel sockets. In the above photo, the common parts are arranged in the center with the AMD components on the left and Intel parts on the right. The installation guide is quite small but complete and features numerous and useful graphics to help the user with installation. AMD users will have to remove the OEM retention bracket and backplate.