Deepcool AS500 Review 5

Deepcool AS500 Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The Deepcool AS500 has an MSRP of $59.99.
  • Great cooling performance
  • Perfect memory clearance
  • Quick and simple to install
  • Good overall build quality
  • Tasteful ARGB lighting
  • Good overall noise profile
  • Height of 164 mm will be an issue for some cases
  • Overall socket clearance will depend on the motherboard and other factors
  • ARGB lighting will not appeal to everyone
The Deepcool AS500 is a well-thought-out design that delivers not only solid performance but also acceptable noise levels. In regards to temperatures, it performs similarly to the Noctua NH-U12A, Scythe Fuma 2, and others, which is no small feat. It also does so without being overly loud. While the Scythe Fuma 2 is slightly quieter with a maximum of 40 dBA compared to the Deepcool AS500 at 44dBA, the Noctua NH-U12A hits 45 dBA, with all performing similarly. Thankfully, the AS500 also offers perfect memory clearance and a quick and easy installation, making for an attractive overall package. Only the height of 164 mm may prove an issue for some cases, so make sure to keep that in mind.

While build quality was good across the board and memory clearance is exceptional, clearance for graphics cards could cause issues. This will of course depend on the picked motherboard, socket, age of the platform, etc. Essentially, the cooler will encroach on the first expansion slot, which on many modern motherboards is now used for M.2 SSDs. In that situation, it should not pose a problem; however, older motherboards, some Mini-ITX designs, etc., may run into clearance issues. This of course stems from the fact that it is a larger single-tower design. Either way, it is also something worth keeping in mind.

Finally, when it comes to ARGB lighting, Deepcool did a good job. It is tasteful and subtle, adding a nice visual element to the cooler's overall design without being over the top or too flamboyant. Still, there will be those who want more ARGB and others who don't want it at all. If you are in the latter camp, I can say you would never really know it is there if you forego plugging it in to begin with. So the cooler can pull double duty regardless of which camp you fall into. That said, if you want more in your face ARGB lighting, the AS500 likely isn't for you.

Overall, the Deepcool AS500 is a solid mid-range air cooler that is visually appealing while offering solid performance. Add in the ease of installation, good build quality, and acceptable warranty and it is easy to recommend.
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