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04-10-2014


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Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER CPU cooler: review and testing

The Deepcool products are certainly familiar to our readers due to the presence in its lineup available CPU coolers of various shapes, designs and sizes. But it is only a small part of the range of products of this manufacturer, which also includes many medium and high-performance solutions. The most effective of them are place in a separate lineup called «GAMER STORM». It includes mainly the liquid cooling system, but also includes traditional air cooling systems.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

For testing we have one of them, namely Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER. It is distinguished by the impressive size of radiator with weight about 900 g with 6 copper tubes and one 140-mm fan. And more details will be described in today’s review.

The specs:

Producer and model

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER  

CPU sockets

 

AMD Socket AM2 / AM2+ / AM3 / AM3+ / FM1 / FM2

Intel Socket LGA775 / LGA1156 / LGA1155 / LGA1150 / LGA1366 / LGA2011

Heat pipes

Material

Copper

Quantity

6

Diameter, mm

6

Material of radiator

Aluminum

Thermal interface

Thermal paste in injector

Fan

Deepcool GAMER STORM GF140

Fan supply voltage, V

Nominal

12

Operating

10,8 – 13,2

Starting

7

Current, А

0,17±10%

Fan rotation speed, rpm

700±200 – 1400±10%

Air flow, m3/h (CFM)

до 138,3 (81,33)

Noise level, dB

17,8 – 31,1

Power socket

4-pin

Fan dimensions, mm

140 х 140 х 26

Fan weight, g

179

Bearing

Hydro Bearing

Dimensions, mm

Including fan

140 х 136 х 168

Excluding fan

140 х 110 х 163

Weight, g

1079

Producer website

Deepcool

Product page

Packaging and content

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

The feature of test solution is perfectly emphasized by its packaging made in black and equipped with a convenient carrying handle. The front side is almost completely devoid of information, thus fueling more interest inside the device. Here is only the name of the cooler and the inscription «Devour The Heat In Silence», which indicates the direct purpose of a novelty namely a quiet absorption of heat. During testing we’ll find out how well Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER cope with the task.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

The back and lateral side has information about the new product. In particular, here you can find specifications table, a list of compatible platforms, the place of production (China) and the list of received certificates. Sidewall briefly describes the advantages of the device.

  • Devour The Heat In Silence - the cooler is designed for passive cooling of processors with a TDP of 100 W, which will create a completely silent system. If there is good ventilation in the housing, in the passive mode the product can remove up to 130 W of thermal power.
  • 6 Cooper Heatpipes - for the rapid removal of heat from the base 6 copper heatpipes on aluminum plates are used.
  • Massive Heatsink - for the rapid loss of heat in the air a large heatsink with a special form of ribs, to maximize space for heat dissipation is used.
  • Convex Cooper Base - mirror polishing of the copper base allows to achieve good heat transfer between the heat-spreading lid of the processor and cooler, which in turn ensures excellent performance trends.
  • Bundled Fan For Extreme Cooling – set of delivery includes 140-mm PWM-controlled fan for good cooling of overclocked processors. It can also be used as the body for better ventilation inside the PC. In active mode the manufacturer promises to remove up to 300 Wof thermal power.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

All the content is placed in the additional box. The most attention of the manufacturer is given radiator: double carton with double walls securely stores it during transportation.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

The package of the cooler Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER contains everything you need to install it on any of the compatible platforms. It includes:

  • two additional brackets for the propeller;
  • universal intensive plate with four anti-vibration nozzles and metal fittings for different platforms;  
  • square rubber gasket (only for platform Intel Socket LGA775);
  • a set of washers, nuts and screws;
  • four plastic racks;
  • thermal paste;
  • Installation Guide.

As you can see, the manufacturer has provided all usage options, including two fans staffed it with a set of additional brackets. However, the second fan in this case should be bought separately. Note that the plastic bags with accessories have inscriptions indicating compatible platform that will facilitate the installation of the cooler.

The appearance and the construction

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

The most prominent and noticeable part of the cooler Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER is radiator with 6 copper heatpipes 6 mm in diameter, that pierce 36 aluminum plates (thickness 0.4 mm, length 2.5 mm). The structure has considerable weight (approximately 900 g) and size (140 x 110 x 163 mm). Therefore, the statement that the radiator can remove up to 100 W of thermal power (or up to 130 W with good ventilation inside the case) sounds quite plausible.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

When viewed from the side you can notice a shift of the base relative to the plates, which ensures the compatibility of such an impressive radiator with high RAM modules. For this purpose, two of the six tubes had to be placed at an angle. The tubes are coated with nickel to prevent oxidation of copper on the one hand and for a more holistic and beautiful appearance of the radiator on the other.

Also the decorative elements include diamond-shaped ornament on the plates, making a novelty more original and slightly increase the heat dissipation area.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Heat-conducting tubes are soldered to the base, which should positively affect the cooling of the processor. But in the points of contact with the tube plates the solder is absent that is typical of the majority of similar solutions.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

The base is made of nickel-plated copper and has a size of 42 x 36 mm. In this case it is perfectly polished, which will provide good heat transfer between the heat-spreading lid of the processor and heat pipes.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Deepcool GAMER STORM 140 mm fan is used for cooling. The rotation speed of its blades is controlled by PWM-controller within 700-1400 rpm and the rate voltage varies from 7 to 12 V.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

An interesting feature of the fan is its edging made of dense rubber. Thus the producer reduces the vibration during fan blade rotation.

The mounting of fan to radiator is realized using two complete brackets. Also it is possible to install another same fan from the opposite radiator side. For this purpose there are either proper depressions or complete additional brackets.

Installation process

Installation of cooler Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER is quite comfortable and does not take too much time. It is detailed described in instruction which you can download from official website. But at the same time we will share our experience of testing solution installation.   

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

In case with system board for AMD processors you need to remove standard mounting and release mounting holes. Then install screws, put antivibration pads (in this case were not used) and mount the obtained structure on the system board.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

On the reverse side put four plastic stands. Using nuts fix appropriate metal fastenings.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Fasten radiator using plate with spring screws. In this case we recommend to have cross-point screwdriver with length no less than 15 cm.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

The fan installation to the right from the radiator blocks 2-3 slots for RAM which does not allow to use modules with high radiators and will bring certain inconvenience in case of their replacement.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

If the fan is on the reverse side or by using the new items in the passive mode, such nuances are not observed and you can use the memory modules of any height in all DIMM-slots.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Complete system looks quite impressive thanks to the impressive size of the radiator and original colors of the fan. Even in case of presence of the first slot for expansion cards (PCI or PCIe), the installed cooling system will not block its use.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Installation of the cooling system Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER on platforms with Intel processors is almost indistinguishable. Here are used other reinforcement plate fixing holes which previously extended to be compatible with all current platforms. In the case of installation of new item on the platform Intel Socket LGA775 manufacturer advises to install complete square gasket on the inner side of the plate.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

On the front side has mounted corresponding metal fittings that are also versatile for a variety of platforms from Intel.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

They have fixed the radiator for which we recommend to use a long screwdriver (at least 15 cm).

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

And in this case, the next memory slots will be partially blocked by a fan, it should be noted by the owners of modules with high heat sinks.

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Deepcool GAMER STORM LUCIFER

Before installing the cooler do not forget to apply thermal paste to the processor heat-spreading lid, and then connect the fan to the 4-pin connector on the system board. By the way, the length of the fan cablewith connector is 43 cm, and this would be enough to reach even the most remote corner of the motherboard. The cable is rubberized which will provide it with additional protection against damage.


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