Deepcool AS500 PLUS WH CPU Cooler Review

Deepcool packaging for the AS500 PLUS is surprisingly pleasant with a slip-on label wrapping a plain cardboard box. I’m not sure if this is part of Deecool’s rebranding strategy but the original black AS500/AS500 Plus came in on their signature full-colored print box. Regardless, I feel this kind of packaging is better as it allows Deepcool to eventually go down the route of more recyclable materials on their packaging. The hero shot is on the slip-on label with details highlighted on the other side.

Deepcool AS500 PLUS WH CPU Cooler Review -
DeepCool AS500 PLUS WH CPU Cooler Review

The package contains the cooler with the fans already clipped on. Included are mounting compatible with modern Intel and AMD systems. Please refer to the installation guide for actual CPU holes. This cooler does not come with a TR4/sTR4 mounting.

The Deepcool AS500 PLUS is the dual-fan variation of the AS500 cooler. The sample we have is the AS500 PLUS WH which is the white version of the regular model with no special characteristic. All AS500 coolers feature a 164mm tall tower from top to the actual contact plate. That means this cooler will still require a fairly larger case or otherwise, removing the side panel. That said, packing 140mm fans, this should be expected but I have to remind users to please check compatibility as single tower coolers tend to confuse new buildings giving the impression their significantly shorter especially ones with 140mm fans.

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DeepCool AS500 PLUS WH CPU Cooler Review

The fans clip on via simple wire retention on recessed grooves on the sides of the heatsink fins. Deepcool really went all-out on this and powder-coated everything including the fins stack on the inside. This is also connected to white heatpipes. That’s right, except for the retention parts and extension wires, everything is tailor made to be white on this kit.

Please follow the installation guide including with your AS500/PLUS for installation methods. For both AMD and Intel, the Deepcool AS500/AS500 Plus requires a bespoke mounting kit. The AMD installation uses the stock backplate and for Intel LGA 115x systems, the cooler comes with its own backplate. For LGA2011 systems, mounting screws are included. As mentioned, there is no out-of-box support for Threadripper sockets sTR4 and TR.

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DeepCool AS500 PLUS WH CPU Cooler Review

The fans would need to come off to install the cooler but clipping them on is easy.

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DeepCool AS500 PLUS WH CPU Cooler Review

There is some space below the actaul fin stack which you can use to route the cables around but they are quite long and come with adapters. The extension cables for the fans and RGB cable come in black though while the actual heatsink cable and fan cables are done in white.

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DeepCool AS500 PLUS WH CPU Cooler Review

The cooler is an ARGB-lit model and has no custom software needed so you can control it with any 3-pin ARGB host e.g. your motherboard, a GPU which has ARGB pins or a 3rd-party controller.