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Deep Cool Gammaxx S40 Closer Look:
The S40 looks like any other aluminum finned cooler, except for the fan. That is what caught my attention first. While it is a 120mm fan, the frame is quite different than what you typically see. Instead of the usual square frame of the standard case fan, it is round and shaped like a cone, or like a funnel to focus and guide the air into the fin stack. I like the idea of the round frame, but it looks like there are some areas of the fin stack, particularly at the corners, that won't see much air flow. We will see if it actually has any effect on cooling.
After I removed the fan from the heat sink, you can see that the four U-shaped heat pipes appear to be close together - maybe too close. The pipes at the front will get the coolest air first, while the ones toward the back will see warmer air. Hopefully it won't have a negative effect on the cooling capacity.
The top view of the tower shows the termination points for the four nickel-plated, copper heat pipes. Deep Cool's logo and name are embossed top and center. There are rectangular holes in two rows along the edge above the logo, presumably to aid with air flow vertically through the stack. There are notches on the sides for fan clips for the front and back of the cooler, which to me would indicate that a second fan can be added, although it would require a different clip style (maybe custom made) to use a standard 120mm fan. The machined heat pipes show their copper cores beneath the pre-applied thermal paste. I usually like to apply my own paste, but having it already applied does save some time.
The base has some low profile grooves to help dissipate heat. On either side of the base are two threaded holes to attach the included Intel and AMD brackets that ultimately hold the cooler to your motherboard. Since this will be installed on an Intel Socket 1150, I have attached the push pin mounting brackets to the base.
Deep Cool's 4-pin PWM fan has nine smooth blades and is mounted in a round frame with a rubber pad at each of the four corners to keep vibrations from being transferred to the fin stack. The fan is retained to the fin stack with two metal clips and the holes to which the clips attach.
Installation of the Gammaxx S40 was rather easy, especially when you consider that the entire installation process can be done without needing access to the rear of the motherboard. While I am not a big fan of the Intel push pin method (which we all know from the stock coolers), it does hold the Gammaxx S40 firmly in place. These push pins are a little cumbersome at first, but they pop in and twist to lock the cooler in place.
Side to side, there is clearance between the RAM modules and the S40 fan, but very little. You can use all four slots, and even tall modules will fit (as long as the heat sinks are not too wide), but they will stick up into the intake air path of the fan. My Patriot Viper modules are not huge, but they do stick up into the air path about a half inch. Not a lot, but this is something to consider if your heat sinks are tall. Mounting to an Intel LGA 2011 or AMD socket also does not require a back plate and is slightly different in that the installation utilizes parts of the existing socket mounting package to complete the installation on these platforms.
Notice the absence of a rear mounting base; just the push pins poking through. Leftover from previous testing, you can see the outline of the rubber pads from other cooler bases on the back of the MSI motherboard. Of course, when you install the Gammaxx S40, you probably won't be seeing this view.