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While the AK620 cooler doesn’t post the lowest thermal load temperatures, take special note of the comparison group included here. These are some of the very best heatpipe air coolers we’ve tested. Staying within a few degrees of the industry’s top performers, the AK620 makes a substantial statement in this field of pricier competitors, and in some instances does so in a slightly smaller package.
The pair of FK120 PWM fans are listed by DeepCool with an RPM of 1850, so the 100% fan speed result of 1885 RPM is impressively close to that specification. Also to note: The AK620’s 120mm fans operate at similar speeds to other 120mm options of the comparison group.
Fan speed is one thing, but noise level during operation begins to tell a tale of how well a cooler is designed and whether the fans paired with it are matched well to optimize the output of the device. The pair of FK120 fans here are nearly inaudible even under full-speed operation during testing, making it easy for anyone looking to set up a fan curve for performance based on audible cooler noise.
Acoustic efficiency evaluates how well a cooler performs, as a product of both thermal load temperatures and registered decibel levels during that operation.
Taking our acoustic efficiency chart and further evaluating unit performance with retail price, the DeepCool AK620 maintains a relatively neutral cost compared to the group (-4% of overall average), hitting just barely under average (-1%) at 100% fan speed and doing well at 50% fan speed. Noise level differences and price begin to sway the overall group comparisons between individual products, creating some interesting contrast, including between DeepCool’s own products, the AK620 and Assassin III.
Thermal imaging from our FLIR ONE Pro shows slight differences in heat soak between 50% and 100% fan PWM, although each image sees a consistent spread throughout the cooling tower structures, and smooth cooling paths where airflow is seen moving through the fans and into the fin stacks.
DeepCool have released a very consistent cooler in the AK620, almost making their larger Assassin III obsolete when considering price vs performance. It's also smaller than the Assassin III. The design of the AK620 is impressive, making the cooler an attractive performer. So often a focus on aesthetics leads to at least some performance hindrance, but that doesn't seem to be the case with this cooler.
While the DeepCool AK620 $69 price isn't quite in premium cooler territory, it certainly is more expensive than many budget-focused options, although it’s quite hard to argue against getting roughly 98% the performance of a DeepCool Assassin III or Noctua NH-D15 at a 30% discount. If you don't quite need the best CPU-cooling performance, you don't want RGB, and you'd rather save $30 to spend elsewhere on your rig or a game, the DeepCool AK620 is easy to recommend.
Garrett Carver is a contributor for Tom’s Hardware, primarily covering thermal compound comparisons and CPU cooling reviews; both air and liquid, including multiple variations of each.
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I really liked this cooler - almost Noctua NH-D15 and DeepCool Assassin III performance (within a couple degrees C) but for $30 cheaper.Reply
And that's for 10-core overclock on i9-10850k. For most other CPUs, the gap would likely be even smaller.
I'd like to get an air cooler that is <= 150mm. I like ITX cases, and while they often are space-constrained, some do allow for decently sized air coolers (like the NR200). It seems that 155mm is often the limit, though, and most of the top air coolers seem to be >= 155mm. The Noctua NH-D15 is 160mm & 165mm with the fan. So just a few mm shorter would really help with these style of ITX cases.Reply
For those, you're looking at 2 specific restrictions:Reply
lower height means much less memory DIMM clearance, making it difficult to fit anything but low-profile RAM
down-draft style coolers, something like this: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/be-quiet-dark-rock-tf-2-review
DeepCool may not be as high-end like Noctua or beQuiet, but I could not be more happy with my budget Gammaxx GTE.Reply
The NH-D15 is 6 degrees cooler at 50% and has lower fan speed and is about 1/2 as noisy. Not close.rubix_1011 said:almost Noctua NH-D15
Whats the difference between Core Delta T and PWM Delta T? Thanks. I wish a there was a master chart with all entries to see where my noctua U14S sits at.Reply
TheDane said:The NH-D15 is 6 degrees cooler at 50% and has lower fan speed and is about 1/2 as noisy. Not close.
Less than 4C at 100%. Also, its $30 cheaper than everything else in the same performance bracket and performs nearly as well.
So, yes, if this is about semantics of a few degrees Celsius and that discrepancy is a big issue to overcome, as a buyer, you're likely not looking at this cooler anyway and have already decided on something 'better'.
Great, thorough review. I picked up one of these for my new AM5 system this 'Black Friday' for $42. A smashing deal compared to the NH-D15 at $140 (Both newegg prices).Reply