Review: Deepcool Gamma Blade
We put this $30 budget cooler's bold "high performance" claims to the test.
Paul Urquhart | Tuesday, May 22 2012 | 1 Review
Product type: CPU cooler
Editors rating: User rating:
RRP incl GST: $29
- CPU heatsink and fan
- Intel sockets LGA1156/1155/775
- AMD sockets FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2/940/939/754
- All-aluminium design, supports up to 95W CPU
The funky tin it comes in is almost more useful than the cooler itself.
Before I even took the Deepcool Gamma Blade CPU cooler out of its box (well, actually it comes in a nifty little round tin) I knew it was going to struggle to cool my quad core Intel Core i7 processor. A $30, aluminium-only cooler simply doesn’t exude cooling confidence.
It claims to be up to the task however, citing support for 95W Core i7 CPUs on its packaging. Socket support is listed as Intel LGA1155/1156/775 and from AMD socket FM1 all the way back to 754.
So in it went – quite easily I might add. The LGA1155 mounting bracket just needed to be lined up with the holes around the CPU socket and push-pins inserted to hold it in place. The heatsink fan itself then gets clamped to the bracket via a tension bar with a hook on each side, similar to how stock AMD heatsinks work.
Firing up Prime95 I was shocked to see the temperature rise to 90 degrees – just 10 degrees short of thermal shutdown. Suspecting poor seating I removed the cooler, reapplied my thermal paste and locked it down again, but to no improvement.
The Gamma Blade didn’t even perform as well as the standard Intel cooler which comes free with most Core-range processors, nor was it any quieter. To add insult to injury the packaging claims “High Performance”.
A quick peek on Deepcool’s website revealed that the Gamma Blade has gone “End of Life”. A wise decision on their behalf – it really is rubbish.
Temp (Idle, Low fan speed)
Temp (Load, High fan speed)
Temp (Load, Low fan speed)
RRP incl GST
|DeepCool Gamma Blade|
|Intel standard LGA1155 HSF|
|Intel XTS100H tower cooler|
Temperatures in Degrees Centigrade, Lower = Better
Test CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz
Ambient temperature: 17°C
Pros: A very good entry level CPU Cooler
I have used this CPU cooler in my AMD AM3 450 x3 and it has reduced my core temp to 26 degree celsius under normal workloads. My PC is even situated in an average temperature room (no airconditioning) with a high rate of humidity outside the building. I have used several CPU coolers from Deep Cool and they never disappoint. This particular item which is already phased out has been replaced by their latest model named Gamma Archer. 5 Stars
Posted by Jedih at 19:51:58 on November 6, 2012
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