Deepcool Gamer Storm Reviewairman - September 23, 2010
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The Deepcool Gamer Storm is a very strong competitor in the heatsink market when compared to other heatsinks in its category. Its core size is very manageable and non-intrusive, and offers very good performance even when using only one fan. I think if Deepcool provided one extra fan (they do provide another set of fan clips) with the Gamer Storm, the performance of this cooler would be even more stellar right out of the box. Speaking of the box, it is a very well made package that will probably not be thrown away. It is very rigid and easy to open and close with the included magnets in the exterior flap. Moving on, the heatsink itself is very good looking and has a small footprint, which has a lesser chance of causing clearance issues around tall RAM heatsinks. The base has a mirror finish, which is the first I've seen for a while, and has a set of fins on top of the base for extra heat exchange. These two features found on the Gamer Storm are very unique and hard to find, and they display complete and utter thoughtfulness by the engineers at Deepcool. Installation on an LGA1366 motherboard is easy, though the (somewhat) required adhesive on the back of the plastic nuts is only good for one or two uses. After the adhesive has worn off, tightening the pressure caps that hold the heatsink to the motherboard will become more difficult because the nuts will want to spin.
Overall, the Deepcool Gamer Storm is a very good performer, beating the Noctua NH-U12P by a slight margin and maintaining a relatively small footprint. Installation is easy, though could be improved for multiple uses on LGA1366 systems. The base is mirror polished, which is hard to find in stock form, and the heatpipes are staggered so that there is less airflow blocked from other heatpipes. The only thing that I feel this cooler lacks is that it only comes with one fan, and could offer a slight bit more performance in a push/pull configuration. Available at $70 right now on Amazon, it is a little more pricey than some other coolers in its category. However, the small footprint and very thoughtful engineering makes it worth it, so I will not list this as a con.
- Great performance
- Small footprint
- Easy installation
- Only includes one fan