As a single-tower cooler, I felt this cooler needed to be placed in charts of similar air units but since we’re currently increasing our cooler count, I could only have the Noctua NH-U12A in the comparison charts and this fan literally blew away my expectations. Deepcool really hit it off with the AS500 PLUS and shows that the company may seem to be bringing more high-end products to their mainline brand to bolster the Deepcool name whilst still offering enthusiast solutions in their Gamer Storm lineup.
The Deepcool AS500 is heavily inspired by the improvements found on their most recent coolers and while its quality is not up there with the likes of the Fryzen, as a newer model it does surpass it in many ways. The build quality of the Deepcool AS500 Plus and AS500 is definitely legit. The white paint on the AS500 Plus WH is exquisitely done as well with coats of paint on the heatpipes and up until the rim of the contact plate.
Deepcool uses their silent TF140S fans on the AS500 which surprisingly gave the Noctua NH-U12A a a good competition in terms of performance. As 140mm fans, pushing them to max 1200RPM doesn’t cause much noise increase. Our board does tune the fans to rev up only at 700RPM at lighter loads with heavier loads at 800RPM for the AMD test. For Intel, it average 1000RPM under load, topping out 1200RPM for the AVX test which was still dead silent.
The fans themselves are not RGB but on the AS500 PLUS WH white edition, RGB on the RAM and other case lighting should reflect more brightly than the black AS500/AS500 Plus. I do not have the black version but for anyone more scientifically inclined about the effect of the white coating and black paint would prove to have any difference, I don’t think its that significant. Back to the cooler, the RGB lighting is centrally located on the top heatsink shroud. I do feel Deepcool missed an opportunity here to work in some branding like mute logo with a slight bevel. Other than that it does have its positives as it is very clean to look at.
As a single tower this cooler has great compatibility but at 164mm tall, it will still require a case thatn can house a taller 140mm heatsink. If you don’t want a giant twin-tower hanging of your board or you want to keep a clean and cool gaming rig, the DeepCool AS500 PLUS/AS500 PLUS WH is a surprisingly good CPU cooler and at $60 or Php3500, its a good deal as well.
Deepcool backs the AS500 PLUS with a 3-year manufacturer warranty and is available now.
Deepcool AS500 PLUS WH CPU Cooler Review
Expectedly quiet and surprisingly high-performance, Deepcool's AS500 and AS500 Plus coolers look to be a great middle-ground cooling solution for mainstream gaming builds.