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This review is from: DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 240 CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with Dual 120mm FDB PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
Pros: + Solid Warranty
+ Looks Great
+ Good Performance
+ Reasonable Noise
+ Plenty of mounting options
+ Price ($80 at time of review)
Cons: - Slightly larger profile block/pump compared to Competition
- Unknown reliability history
Other Thoughts: The Deepcool Gamer Storm Captain 240 is my first stab at a Deepcool product. So I was pretty excited to check it out. I run a decently overclocked Intel i7-5820k @ 4.5Ghz inside a Corsair AIR 540 case. My current cooling solution in a Cooler Master Glacer 240L which is an excellent performer and also runs a 240mm radiator and is a good comparison point for the Deepcool unit.
The Gamer Storm Captain 240 came well packaged and once removed from the packaging, appears to be a nicely constructed. It is visually appealing and the radiator easily mounted to the top of my AIR 540 case. The fans have a rubberized construction that do a good job of quelling vibration. The hoses have plenty of flexibility and offered enough give to positioning the block without issue. The cpu mounting was simple with threaded posts that prevent them backing out while tightening the thumb nuts. Overall, mounting effort was low, so this is a plus.
I use a custom profile for my pump and cpu fans that spins at about 25% at unloaded temps and reaches a max of 75% if cpu core temps exceed 70C. I compared the Deepcool unit against my Cooler Master using OCCT stress testing for 10 minutes. Thermal paste was the same for both, using Arctic MX-4. CPU temps were taken with CoreTemp. Idle temps were similar for both, at about 27-28C in a 21C room. With the Glacer 240, max temp reached on the hottest core was 73C, with the Deepcool, max temp was 76C. Granted this is a overclocked system and fans are NOT running at full speed (Max of 75%) as I wanted to reproduce a environment that I could tolerate 24/7, so these results are quite good. Noise wise, the sound profile for both water coolers was similar with both being noticeable, but not what I would call loud. The Captain 240 had a little more pump noise, but was not bad at all. Under normal conditions and gaming where the CPU is not running all cores at 100% load, noise was not an issue as both are nearly silent.
Overall I must say that I am pleased with the Deepcool Gamer Storm Captain 240. It performs well and is priced right. It did not best my Glacer 240L in terms of performance, but was very close in terms of outright performance. The 3 year warranty is solid for a AIO unit, not as good as Corsair, but very reasonable. The Deepcool Gamer Storm Captain 240 certainly is worthy of consideration.
Pros: + Solid Overclocker
+ Good performance
+ Good Cooling
+ Respectable fan noise
+ XFX customer service
Cons: - Slight coil noise, but very faint, so not a real con for me.
Other Thoughts: The Hawaii based GPU's from AMD like the R9 390 and the R9 290 series before it, may been well seasoned at this point, but still are great performers. The XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation is no exception, it is a very solid card.
Opening the box, the card is well packaged. It is a little light on extra's, but that appears to be the case with most gpu's these days. The card is simple looking, yet attractive and has plenty of heft. I do wish the second DVI port was HDMI or Displayport, but that is not a big deal. Upon installing, as expected, drivers loaded without issue as AMD drivers have been problem free for me for years. Worth noting that I could very faintly hear coil whine a time or two when fps was in the 120+ range, but under normal conditions it was absolutely not an issue.
I usually waste no time to try to find some overclocking limits, this sample is stable up to 1170/6700 with +80mv. I could bench a bit higher, but it was not 100% stable. Additional voltage does nothing. The true value of the card though is that it could overclock to 1115/6400 with no voltage boost. That is 100mhz extra on the core and with no extra voltage, means only a slight bump in heat. So with a custom fan profile, that keeps temps right about 70-72C at 100% gpu load with 60% fan (inside a Corsair AIR 540 Case). I personally found 60% fan to be very acceptable in terms of noise up to 70%. Beyond that starts to get a bit loud for my tastes. Although I have to say the XFX cooler at 100% is not nearly as loud as some other cards I have owned in the past.
Performance wise I was pleased. I have both a 32" 2560x1440 and 34" 2560x1080 monitor and although I think the 390 is best suited to the later in respect to frame rates, 1440p is very playable for lots of titles at high settings. I tested a couple games at 1440p. Rise of the Tomb Raider @ high settings averaged 50.2fps over 5 minutes, but there are parts that had fps dip into the low 30's causing some stutter. Witcher 3 was playable with 53.5fps average over 5 minutes with high settings, HBAO+ on and hairworks off. Like Tomb Raider, there was some stutter when frames dipped, but mostly was smooth. This would likely not had been an issue with my 32" offered freesync like my 34" does. My OC'd MSI GTX 970 performed within a frame or two at the same settings. I also did do a quick 3dMark Firestrike run as well and the overclocked 390 scored a 12435 (overall). Compared to a 18285 for my 980ti (OC'd) and 11999 for my 970 (OC'd) on the same system.
I also tested out AMD's freesync on my LG 34UM67-P and I have to say it works awesome. My monitor has a modified freesync range of 40-75hz and game play is silky smooth with the R9 390 even with frame rate dips. Very recommended feature if you are in the market for a new monitor!
Overall I must say that XFX has delivered a very solid card. The 390 may be slightly older tech at this point, but it is still a great performer and should serve for years to come thanks to the generous 8GB vram and async compute abilities. $275 after rebate + a free game is also a fair price for the performance. 5 eggs from me.
Pros: * Fantastic voltage performance
* Gold Certified
* Quiet Operation
* Awesome 7 year warranty!
Cons: - Nothing really.
Other Thoughts: First off, I have to say that I am generally love most Corsair products. I also have a Corsair RM850i that has been great and was anxious to see how the 750x compared.
Opening the box, everything is well packaged and a nice assortment of cables are provided along with a nicely constructed cable bag. Cables are decent length and allowed easy placement in my AIR 540 case. The PSU itself is pretty plain looking, but personally that is how I like mine.
The PSU itself is nicely constructed using a long life rifle bearing fan and filled with high quality Nippon Chemi-Con capacitors. Solder work is quite good and the unit is built by CWT.
I only had time to test a few load conditions, but up to about 400W, the 750X is silent. I noticed no coil whine and the fan was still in passive mode. Efficiency was excellent at nearly 91% and exhaust temps, measured with a thermal probe, was 87F. Loading it up further to about 550W usage, the efficiency was still fantastic at almost 90% . The fan had kicked on under this load and exhaust temps were increased to 109F (44C). Even though the fan was moving it was very quiet. Under both tests, voltages remained rock solid on the 3.3, 5 and 12v rails with less than 1% variation from idle to load. That is a good result my friends!
Priced at $99 after rebate right now, it is impossible to not recommend this power supply. There are some good competitors in this range, but you cannot go wrong with the RM750X. 5 eggs!