PC Water Cooling

DeepCool GamerStorm Captain 240 All-in-One Liquid CPU Cooler

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Test System and Benchmark Results of the GamerStorm Captain 240

My office is climate controlled. I keep the temperature at 20°C. Upon initial start up the PC was allowed to sit for 5 minutes to let the system temperature stabilize.

All case fans were running at 100% unless otherwise specified. The fans on the radiators were manually set to 1500 RPM. Intel integrated video is utilized to eliminate additional ambient heat source from discrete graphics cards. Temperatures are averaged (last minute) from individual core temperature results monitored by AIDA64 after 15 minutes. Results marked “0″ means thermal limit was reached and the CPU was throttled and thus the results were discarded. Stock settings have all power saving features enabled in the motherboard with Vcore set static to 1.1V and set to “Balanced” in the OS. Overclocked settings have Vcore voltage manually set to 1.25V at 4.5GHz with EIST disabled. All tests were taken at least three times to get the final result.

System Configuration
CPU Intel i7 4770K
Ram Adata XPG DDR3 2133 MHz 8 GB
GPU EVGA nVidia GTX 650 TI Boost OC
Hard Drives Kingston HyperX 120 GB SSD
OCZ 120 GB SSD
Power Supply NZXT Hale90 V2 1000W
Case Cooler Master Cosmos II SE

Comparison Coolers:

Comparison Coolers Deepcool Gamerstorm Captain 240 Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme Cooler Master Glacier 240L Enermax Liqtech 120
Fan Size (mm) 120 120 120 120
Max Fan RPM 2200 2000 2400  2400
PWM YES YES YES YES
Radiator Size (LxWxHmm) 274 x 120 x 27 270x 120 x 27 269 x 127 x 29 153 x 120 x 43
Radiator Material Aluminum Aluminum  Copper/Brass Aluminum
Price in USD  109.99 99.99 129.99  79.99

Benchmarks:

Captain 240

 

Captain 240

Performance Summary:

The DeepCool GamerStorm Captain 240 plants itself firmly in the middle of the pack at stock speeds however; there is only 4.3° C separation between the coolers. Overclocked speeds show a different story. The Captain 240, while it did not throttle, averaged 68.3° C with some of the core temperatures reaching up into the 70° range. At 1500 RPM, the DeepCool fans were nearly silent. The pump with spins at a constant RPM was louder than the fans. With this configuration, the Captain 240 is not very overclocking friendly.

I looked over the fan specification and noticed that the specifications for airflow and pressure were listed at max RPM. I thought the fans may be hurting performance. I swapped the stock Deep Cool fans out with a pair of Enermax Twister Storm fans. Again, the fans were statically set at 1500 RPM.

Specifications of the Twister Storm Fans are listed below.

Model UCTS12A
Dimension (mm) 120(W) x 120(H) x 26.4(D)
Speed Mode Performance Overclocking Turbo
Speed (RPM) 1500 2500 3500
Air Flow (CFM) 72.46 115.75 154.53
Air Flow (m3/h) 123.11 196.61 262.55
Static Pressure (mm-H2O) 2.512 6.698 11.125
Noise (dBA) 23 30 38
Rated Voltage (V) 12 12 12
Input Current (A) 0.25 0.60 1.30
Input Power (W) 3.0 7.2 15.6
MTBF (hour) ≧160,000
Connector 1 x 3 pin connector
Accessory 4 x screw , 4 x Isolator-mounts, 1 x 4 pin fan power adaptor

 

Captain 240

The Twister Storm fans help drop the temperature another 4.2° C at overclocked speeds. At 1500 RPM, the Twister Storm fans generate slightly more noise than the DeepCool fans at the same RPM. While not a game changer, it shows the pump and radiator combination are capable of better results.

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Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network and computer hardware enthusiast. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day.
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