DeepCool was based in Beijing in 1996 and has, in recent times, earned a stable repute within the CPU Cooler house with choices just like the Murderer III and AK620, thought of to be a few of the finest CPU air coolers in the marketplace. The corporate’s lineup contains each air and AIO coolers, in addition to pc circumstances, keyboards, energy provides, and different equipment.
However with the most recent CPUs from AMD and Intel requiring ever extra succesful cooling, DeepCool is again with a brand new AK500 air cooler. The AK500 encompasses a chungus radiator and a 120mm FK120 fan, however is that sufficient to tame Intel’s 12900K and earn a spot on our greatest coolers record? We’ll must put it by means of testing to search out out. However first listed below are the AK50’s specs from DeepCool.
Specs for the DeepCool AK500
|Heatsink Dimensions||127 × 90 × 158 mm (127 × 117 × 158 mm with fan)|
|Internet Weight||1040 g|
|Socket Compatibility||Intel LGA2066/2011-v3/2011/1700/1200/1151/1150/1155|
|Rated Noise Degree||As much as 31.5 dBa|
|Heatpipes||(x5) 0.6 mm copper heatpipes|
|Rated TDP||As much as 240w with a Core i9-10900k CPU|
Packing and Included Contents
DeepCool’s AK500 is packaged in a medium-sized field, with cardboard and foam to guard the cooler throughout transport.
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Included with the bundle are the next:
- Thick heatsink
- 1x DeepCool FK120 fan
- Mounts for all trendy CPU sockets, together with AM5 & LGA1700
- A full-sized tube of thermal paste
- Low-speed fan adapter
- Clips for a second fan (not included)
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Cooler Set up
Putting in DeepCool’s AK500 is usually straightforward. To start, you’ll press the backplate in opposition to your motherboard after which use the thumbscrew standoffs to safe it. Afterward, set the mounting bars on the standoffs and safe them utilizing the included thumbscrews.
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The AK500’s thermal paste isn’t pre-installed, however DeepCool as an alternative features a medium-sized tube of thermal paste that can be utilized for a number of purposes. After making use of the thermal paste, you’ll have to safe the heatsink in opposition to the mounting bars with the captive screws. That is the place it may be a bit difficult. The screw on the correct is straightforward sufficient to safe, however the screw on the left requires the usage of a protracted screwdriver by means of the physique of the heatsink, and it may be difficult to intention correctly.
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New Testing Configuration
|Cooler||DeepCool AK500 Air Cooler|
|Comparability Coolers Examined||BeQuiet Pure Loop 2 FX, 360mm AIO|
|Cooler Grasp Grasp Liquid PL360 Flux 360mm AIO|
|Cougar Forza 85 Air Cooler|
|Cougar Poseidon GT 360, 360m AIO|
|Corsair iCUE H100i Elite 240mm AIO|
|DeepCool LS520, 240mm AIO|
|Motherboard||MSI z690 A-Professional DDR4|
|Case||BeQuiet! Silent Base 802 Window|
What’s totally different than different coolers?
Angled Heatpipes with tall DRAM compatibility
The heatpipes on the AK500 have an angled offset, which permits for compatibility with tall RAM – you shouldn’t have to fret about RAM top inflicting set up issues. DeepCool says the interior capillary construction of the heatpipes has been optimized to attain excessive warmth dissipation, regardless of the orientation of the cooler, whether or not put in vertically or horizontally.
Optimized Steel Mounting Bracket
The included metallic mounting bracket has been optimized to make sure correct contact on the most recent Intel and AMD platforms.
Mounting Clips for a 2nd fan
Whereas the AK500 solely contains one fan, DeepCool has included an additional pair of fan clips for fans who need to add a second fan for optimum cooling efficiency.
1x DeepCool FK120 fan
There’s extra to an air cooler than only a heatsink. The fan included has a major impression on cooling, noise ranges, and efficiency. Included with DeepCool’s AK500 is a single 120mm FK120 mannequin fan. On the perimeters of the LK120 followers, there are two arrows. One arrow exhibits the route the followers spin, the opposite signifies the route of the airflow.
|Dimensions||120 x 120 x 25 mm|
|Fan Pace||500-1550 RPM ±10%|
|Air Stream||68.99 CFM|
|Air Stress||2.19 mmAq|
|Noise Degree||As much as 31.5 dB(A)|
Checkerboard Matrix Fin Array
The AK500 incorporates a matrix fin array, resembling a checkerboard, which is designed to extend the static strain of the airflow.
I will be testing DeepCool’s AK500 paired with Intel’s i9-12900K CPU put in in MSI’s z690 A PRO DDR4 motherboard and BeQuiet’s Silent Base 802 Pc Case. I’ve talked about in earlier opinions that as a result of elevated thermal density of the Intel 7 manufacturing course of, in addition to modifications to core and part layouts, Alder Lake CPUs are harder to chill than earlier era CPUs in probably the most core-intensive of workloads.
Which means coolers that stored earlier era merchandise just like the i9-10900K good and funky typically battle to maintain Intel’s i9-12900K below Tj max (the highest temperature earlier than the CPU begins to throttle). Many coolers I’ve examined have didn’t hold the i9-12900K below TJ max when energy limits are eliminated in workloads like Cinebench and OCCT.
For this assessment, I’ll be primarily evaluating DeepCool’s AK500 to Cougar’s Forza 85, however I’ll additionally embody outcomes from varied liquid coolers I’ve examined lately.
Please be aware there are various components apart from the CPU cooler that may affect your cooling efficiency. A system’s motherboard can particularly affect this, as there are boards in the marketplace with CPU sockets that are not as much as Intel’s spec, which may trigger warping or poor contact with the CPU. The case you employ will even affect cooling outcomes.
With Alder Lake’s cooling calls for in thoughts, I will be score CPU Coolers in 3 totally different tiers.
Tier 1: These coolers are in a position to hold the i9-12900K under TJ max in most masses, with no energy limits enforced. I count on solely the very best liquid coolers to fulfill this customary.
Tier 2: These coolers are in a position to hold the i9-12900K below the TJ max threshold with CPU energy limits of 200W enforced. I count on most liquid coolers and the very best air coolers to fulfill this customary.
Tier 3: These coolers are in a position to hold the i9-12900K below TJ max with CPU energy limits of 140W enforced.
To check the bounds of a cooler’s thermal dissipation capabilities, I run two main stress checks: Cinebench and OCCT every for 10 minutes. Whereas this can be a brief period of time, it’s adequate to push most coolers – air and liquid – to their limits.
Whereas stress testing in Cinebench, I run each with energy limits eliminated and with an enforced 200W CPU energy restrict. On this check setup utilizing MSI’s z690 A Professional DDR4 Motherboard and Be Quiet’s Silent Base 802 Pc Case, solely the very best coolers are in a position to go Cinebench testing when energy limits are eliminated.
I don’t check OCCT with out energy limits as a result of trying to take action leads to CPU bundle energy consumption leaping to over 270W and immediately throttling with even the very best AIO coolers. As an alternative, I check at 200W to offer coolers an opportunity at passing. I’ve included 140W outcomes to offer knowledge corresponding to a CPU that doesn’t use as a lot energy, akin to AMD’s Ryzen 5800X or Intel’s i5-12600K. 95W check outcomes are additionally included, for these enthusiastic about outcomes corresponding to low TDP CPUs akin to AMD’s Ryzen 5600x or Intel’s i5-12400.