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> [REVIEW] Deepcool Maelstrom AIO Liquid Cooling, Gamer Storm Maelstrom 120 and 240 (Review)

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TSshah93
post Jun 16 2015, 12:23 PM, updated 5y ago

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Deepcool Maelstrom AIO Liquid Cooling
Gamer Storm Maelstrom 120 and 240


Introduction

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Since 1996, Deepcool has been famous in manufacturing thermal products for desktops, laptops and servers and what we have today is Deepcool Maelstrom 120 and 240. Both AIO Cooler is under Gamer Storm line of CPU Coolers of both air and liquid cooling. The Gamer Storm logo is like bionic face, which came in white logo. In this cooler. The logo of Gamer Storm at the waterblock is breathing in white LED. Unlike of many other AIO Liquid coolers, Deepcool makes the Maelstrom 120 and 240 with Black and Red theme with special features. What do they have apart from other brands? Stay on with our review.

Product Link:
Maelstrom 120: http://www.deepcool.com/product/gamerstorm...-05/6_854.shtml
Maelstrom 240: http://www.deepcool.com/product/gamerstorm...-05/6_855.shtml

Suggest Retail Price:
Maelstrom 120: RM219
Maelstrom 240: RM299


Features

+ The unique pump with closed impeller to offer a bigger power, de-vibration & lower noise
+ Long lifetime zirconia ceramic bearing to make 120,000 hours running safely
+ n0.2mm high-density water micro channel & copper block to offer a highly efficient thermal conduct
+ 120 and 240mm radiator with luxurious Aluminum fins design optimized for a lower fan speed and noise, also the standard mounting holes built-in easy to change new 120mm fan
+ 120mm rubber-covered PWM fan with de-vibration design, unique FDB bearing owned a lower noise & longer lifetime
+ Patented detachable fan impeller easy to clear dust& lubricating oil recruited, DIY top -priority mounting
+ Universal solution, easy to install
+ Bionic LED breathing light lightening up while operating

Specification

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Unboxing

In this section, we will make an unboxing of both Deepcool Maelstrom 120 and 240 AIO Cooler. Deepcool chooses a combination of red and black colour as their main theme of both the packaging and also the cooler itself.

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The front box of the Deepcool Maelstrom 120 and 240. There’s only slightly difference of each model, especially on the radiator size information

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At the right there is illustration image of the cooler itself together with a QR Code to access more information regarding this cooler.

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User can find full specification at the back side of the packaging.

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There’s nothing much on the left packaging besides the model name of the cooler itself with the Deepcool Gamer Storm logo on the top left.

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On the top user can find details of features for the Maelstrom cooler.

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The packaging is almost the same with each other. Each item is fully protected inside different compartment to ensure safe package.

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Overall view of Deepcool Maelstrom 120.

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The difference of Deepcool Maelstrom 120mm and 240mm radiator size

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Deepcool is using FEP Tubing for this model which very excellent of kink resistance and lower coolant evaporation rate.

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The fin used by this model is almost the same like the rest of AIO Liquid cooler.

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The waterblock design of Deepcool Maelstrom for both 120 and 240 model. There is a bionic face logo of Gamer Storm in the middle of the pump that powered up by the single 3pin fan connector. The logo will glow with breathing mode of white led while operating.

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The waterblock is made out of 0.2mm high-density water micro channel & copper block to offer a highly efficient thermal conduct. The unit is pre-installed with thermalpaste.

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The special features I like on this fan is the whole fan structure is made out of rubber with PWM Function. The fan is also detachable for easy to clear dust & lubricating.

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The Gamer Storm logo is breathing in White LED while operating

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Test bench

This is the setup that we used for the whole testing and benchmarking process for the Deepcool Maelstrom 120 and 240

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Cooler Performance

For the stress test we compare between Intels stock cooler and Deepcool Maelstrom 120 and 240. The processor are preset and test on both stock settings at 1.08V vCore and overclocked to 4.2GHz with 1.12V vCore using the ASUS OC Tuner that comes with the motherboard and tortured for 30 minutes with Prime95 stressing application.

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As you can see here, the load temperature obtained with the 240mm radiator was 32°C lower than the stock cooler, which is a very good improvement. Besides that, this 240mm AIO cooler also reduced the idle temperature by 12 °C.

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When the processor is overclocked to 4.2 GHz, the cooler is slightly stressed with higher temperature produced from the processor. The maximum temperature recorded is 73°C with 240mm radiator which is 31°C lower than the stock cooler.

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This is the temperature result when compared with other Watercooling CPU Cooler of other brands

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Conclusion

Now it comes to end part of the review section. We are having fun playing with the cooler. The fan is silent during idle operation, but user can notice the pump is quiet noisy even at idle. When the stress test begins and the fan starting to increase the speed, user can hear the sound of the fan and pump produce. We like the idea of rubberized frame for the fan but seems it’s not really enough to hold this beast. The overall shape and design of the cooler is nice with red and black theme. As one of the budget AIO Liquid Cooler on the market, we notice their waterblock is the most attractive among others. The logo in the Bionic shape of the Gamer Storm with a breathing of white led during operating really attract our attention. Deepcool is using kink resistance for their tubing to reduce the chance of kinking during the installation process. The fan can be detachable which is really helpful for user to maintenance and easy cleaning the unit.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to Cyntrix Technologies Sdn Bhd for the review units of Deepcool Maelstrom 120 and 240.

Performance: 4/5
Materials: 4/5
Specifications: 4/5
Appearance: 4/5
Performance/Price Value: 4/5

Pros:
+ Rubberized fan to reduce noise
+ LED Breathing light on the waterblock
+ Kink resistant Tube
+ Competitive price
+ Detachable fan for easy cleaning and maintenance

Cons:
- Red theme might not suite with user taste
- Pump and fan quiet noisy under load
- Only 240mm radiator package comes with Fan Hub
- No clamp to secure the tubing

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haha54231
post Jun 27 2015, 11:42 PM

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Never had great experiences with AIO Liquid Coolers... They won't make a significant difference in temps
TSshah93
post Jun 28 2015, 12:22 AM

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QUOTE(haha54231 @ Jun 27 2015, 11:42 PM)
Never had great experiences with AIO Liquid Coolers... They won't make a significant difference in temps
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If you play with high end air cooler yeah.. sometimes high end air cooler can beat AIO easily smile.gif
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post Jun 28 2015, 12:29 AM

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But The AIO Cooler Has A Good Side It Doesn't Need any Maintenance
TSshah93
post Jun 28 2015, 10:28 AM

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QUOTE(haha54231 @ Jun 28 2015, 12:29 AM)
But The AIO Cooler Has A Good Side It Doesn't Need any Maintenance
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Agreed! since almost all high end cooler comes with bulky heatsink and fans, its really heavy and thus stressing motherboard if installed vertically
Watercooling AIO solved this problem which create far more less stress and much more clean build without disturbing high profile ram like the bulky cooler smile.gif
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post Jun 12 2016, 02:28 AM

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Sorry to bring an old review out, but is there anyway to change the liquid in this aio liquid cooler? What happens when the water gets evaporated.
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post Jun 12 2016, 10:03 PM

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Good review will give it a try

 

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