BUDGET BUILDING Part 2 | The Deepcool Ice Edge Mini FS V2.0 Heatsink Fan BUDGET BUILDING Part 2 | The Deepcool Ice Edge Mini FS V2.0 Heatsink Fan
Deepcool always amazes everyone with their budget-friendly products. Another budget heatsink fan appeared on our doorstep for a quick review and in preparation of our PC budget... BUDGET BUILDING Part 2 | The Deepcool Ice Edge Mini FS V2.0 Heatsink Fan

Deepcool always amazes everyone with their budget-friendly products. Another budget heatsink fan appeared on our doorstep for a quick review and in preparation of our PC budget assembly series.

For the second section of Budget Building, I decided to focus on cooling and picked an aftermarket heatsink fan since the stock fan was not suitable with the build and purpose of the rig itself. Let’s kick off with the specifications below and see what is inside the box.

 

Technical Specifications:

Overall Dimension: 119mm x 75mm x 112mm

Fan Dimension: 80mm x 80mm x 25mm

Net Weight: 276g

Bearing Type: Hydro Bearing

Rated Voltage: 12VDC

Operating Voltage: 10.8~13.2VDC

Starting Voltage: 7VDC

Rated Current: 0.12±10%A

Power Input: 1.44W

Fan Speed: 2200±10%RPM

Maximum Air Flow: 25.13CFM

Noise: 24.7dB(A)

CPU Supported List

Intel:

Intel Socket 95W  

LGA1156/LGA1155/LGA1151/LGA1150/LGA775 

  • Core i7/i5/i3
  • Core 2 Extreme
  • Core 2 Quad
  • Core 2 Duo
  • Pentium/Pentium G
  • Pentium D/Pentium 4
  • Celeron Dual-Core
  • Celeron/Celeron D

AMD:

AMD Socket 100W

FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2/940/939/754

  • FX X8/X6/X4
  • A10/A8/A6/A4
  • Phenom II X6/X4/X3/X2
  • Phenom X4/X3
  • Athlon II X4/X3/X2
  • Athlon X2
  • Athlon/Athlon FX
  • Business Class
  • Sempron

 

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The The Deepcool Ice Edge Mini FS V2.0 is great for budget building because it supports multiple Intel processors. From legacy processors (like the LGA 775) to even the newest (LGA 1151 aka “Skylake”) ones, the Ice Edge Mini is easily installed with just a few adjustments on the mounts. The dual-sintered powder copper heat pipes directly touch your CPU for faster heat dissipation, protecting it from overheating and permanent damage. Well-designed aluminum fins allow for efficient heat dissipation. The TPE Fan cover, or fan vibration dampeners, were included to minimize fan noise and vibration.

I initially tested the Ice Edge Mini’s fans for speed and CFM. The results were disappointing since the stock fans don’t cool the heatsink much. I decided to change the stock fan with a fan from Delta – specifically, the Delta AFB0812SH.

 

Technical Specifications:

Fan Dimension: 80mm x 80mm x 25.4mm

Bearing Type: Ball

Rated Voltage: 12VDC

Operating Voltage: 10.8~13.2VDC

Wire Leads: 4

Starting Voltage: 5VDC

Voltage Range: 5 – 13.2VDC

Rated Current: 0.12±10%A

Power Input: 3.96W

Fan Speed: 4300 RPM

Maximum Air Flow: 54.6 CFM

Noise:41.2dB(A)

 

 

 

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Modifying the Deepcool Ice Edge Mini FS V2.0’s fan with a third-party option increases the capability of the cooler. With the Delta AFB0812SH installed, I believe that we could bump the temperature down to around 28 to 31 degrees Celsius rather having the the Ice Edge Mini’s stock fan averaging about 37 to 43 degrees Celsius.

The modding process:

First, I checked inside the bin for a fan grill. I found a chrome one and decided to paint it black. I used an old toaster to oven bake the painted fan grill to enhance the paint’s grip and appearance. I baked it for 5 minutes on 245 degrees Celsius and the results are amazing.

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Transferred the anti vibration pads from the stock fan to the Delta AFB0812SH.

 

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Everything is all set for the assembly!

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Assembly complete!

As a final step, I wanted to use wire sleeves for the guts. Not only does “sleeving” make things neater, it also helps with maintenance when you want to clean your rig in the future. I will detail the process in the next installment but this video should give you an idea on what to do:

 

Tune in to part 3 of this series of articles as I detail my next steps and hardware choices.

 

 

 

 

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