Gamer Storm Lucifer Reviewred454 - January 22, 2014
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Gamer Storm Lucifer Closer Look:
The Lucifer doesn't look like the other coolers on the market. I mean sure, there is a single tower heat sink and a fan. But usually they are square or rectangluar. Not this one — it has a very distinctive shape with a deep cut through the center, almost separating it into two halves. Measuring 140X136X168mm overall, it may not be a good candidate for a mini ITX build. The six 6mm heat pipes are offset from each other rather than being in a straight line, and they are in a direct path and more exposed to the airflow which should help with cooling. Keep in mind that the Lucifer is designed to be used in passive (silent) mode with no fan, so we will certainly have to see how well it can handle the heat all by itself.
Removing the fan reveals a lot of surface area, and to operate in passive mode (no fan), you need all the surface area you can get. The heat pipes are offset to help with RAM clearance.
The top view of the tower shows the termination points for the six nickel-plated, copper heat pipes. The top looks a bit like a winged demon, ready to "devour the heat". There are four notches for the fan mounting clips if you want to use two fans. The bottom is polished mirror smooth.
The base has a relief for the bracket that attaches the cooler to the motherboard. Since this bracket is not retained to the base, it can move around during installation. If you lay your case flat and work from the top, this won't be a problem. But I usually work from the side with my case in the upright position, and in this orientation, gravity is not your friend.
Gamer Storm's 4-pin 140mm PWM fan has nine blades that use Gamer Storm's AACC (Airflow Auto-Control Channel) technology to push the air without any vortex issues, which ultimately gives you a quiet fan, even at full speed.
As I mentioned earlier, installation of the Lucifer would be easier if I laid my case flat, but the case I am using is large and heavy, so I try to not move it around any more than I have to. So, installing the Lucifer is a little more challenging. Side to side, there is clearance between the RAM modules and the fan, but very little. I moved the fan up just a tad so it basically sits on top of the RAM. You can use all four slots, but tall modules may cause problems. You really don't want to move the fan up much or the fin stack will lose airflow. With the offset nature of the Lucifer there is room for a second fan, but not much more.
The stamped steel backing plate is heavy and has an insulating layer to protect the back of the motherboard.