Published on Sunday, 24 August 2014 21:13
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There's no denying that CPU air coolers are the weapon of choice for the vast majority of consumers but since there's a steadily growing number of people who prefer to use closed loop AIO (All In One) liquid CPU coolers it's only natural to see more and more manufacturers add such solutions in their product lines. Of course as mentioned in the past most AIO liquid CPU cooling solutions are currently rebranded ones made by the three major names in the OEM industry namely Asetek, CoolIT and AVC (Asia Vital Components) with Asetek holding the 1st place since they are responsible for roughly 70% of such products. Recently DeepCool also decided to jump on the AIO wagon with their Maelstrom product line which includes two 120mm (single fan) and one 240mm models (dual fan) and as revealed by the title we decided to take the largest one for a ride to see how it handles.
Deepcool was founded with the mission of providing the best performance & humanized thermal solutions for worldwide customers. Deepcool design and manufacture a comprehensive range of high quality products, covering desktop cooling solutions, laptop cooling solutions, server cooling solutions, embedded cooling solutions, and other thermal components. Our goal is to maintain customer satisfaction by serving our customer’s ever-changing thermal needs and providing the quickest and most comprehensive service available. As our slogan goes, we wish you all “Enjoy your cool life”!
Although it really seems that much like Enermax in the past DeepCool also decided to trust AVC with the manufacture of their AIO liquid CPU coolers that's not really the case since according to them they are both behind their design and manufacture (Swiftech also makes their own closed loop AIO models so who knows, we just may also see them in the OEM market later on). So once again we have a dual 240mm AIO liquid CPU cooler which includes a 27mm thick aluminum radiator connected to a mini high-RPM zirconia ceramic bearing pump (located ontop of the copper base) via two thin 305mm long fluorinated ethylene propylene tubes. As expected DeepCool also bundles two high-RPM 120mm fans with the Maelstrom 240 both of which feature rubber frames for reduced vibrations (and thus noise) and removable impellers for easier cleaning. Specs-wise the Maelstrom 240 seems quite good but what we care most however is the same as always meaning performance and noise levels so let’s see how DeepCool intends to compete in a market filled with AIO liquid CPU coolers.