Gamer Storm Lucifer Reviewred454 - January 22, 2014
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Gamer Storm Lucifer Testing:
Testing of the Gamer Storm Lucifer will be accomplished by installing the cooler into the test system case, rather than a test bench. Most systems are built and mounted into a (relatively) sealed chassis, so this method will be used to generate the idle and load results to give a real world view as to the cooling performance one can expect, based on the test system listed below. Of course, your results may vary by several degrees due to case design and ambient air temperature. The CPU load is generated by Prime 95 version 27.9 for a period of two hours, with a cooldown period of one hour after the computer has returned to an idle state. Real Temp 3.70 is used to log the temperatures with the highest and lowest averages across the four cores of the Core i7 4770K test CPU. Ambient temperatures are kept at 24 °C during the testing to minimize the effect of temperature variations. Each cooler is tested with the manufacturer-supplied thermal compound as delivered.
Since the Lucifer is designed to be used with and without a fan (in silent mode), we are also going to test it with no fan and see how it holds up.
- Processor: Core i7 4770K @ 3.9 GHz (100 MHz x 39)
- CPU Cooling: Gamer Storm Lucifer
- Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65
- Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB
- Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 770
- PSU: Thermaltake SMART 750W SP-750P
- Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD
- Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
- Chassis: Phanteks Enthoo Primo
- Temperature: 24 °C
- Cooler Master Nepton 280L
- Thermaltake BigTyp Revo
- DeepCool Neptwin
- Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366
- Noctua NH-D14
- Titan Dragonfly 4
- Noctua NH-U14S
- Deep Cool Gammaxx S40
At idle, the Lucifer is able to keep my 4770K CPU at 27 °C stock with the included fan, and 29 °C without the fan (passive). With the CPU loaded, we are at 75 °C with the fan which is certainly acceptable, and without the fan, we are at 87 °C. A little toasty, but not horrible considering in passive mode you are relying on case airflow, and this will be rather subjective depending on your case style and the placement and number of case fans. But I don't really think many people would buy the Lucifer and not use the fan.
As for overclocking, the gap really narrows and we are at 83 °C which is just a few degrees above the AIO (All in One) Nepton 280L liquid cooler, and this is impressive. The Lucifer can indeed run with the big boys. Now, passive mode (without the fan) was not so good, and I really didn't expect it to be. Temps crept up through the 80's, into the 90's and they were still going up, so I killed the testing since it was pointless to continue. I don't believe anyone is going run a higher-end cooler like the Lucifer on an overclocked system and not use a fan.
Now let's talk about RAM clearance. The finstack clears the RAM slots, so tall memory won't be a problem. My Patriot Viper sticks fit just fine. I did have to move the fan up just a little to clear the tops of the Viper sticks, but I don't think this affected the fan performance. Taller RAM may be an issue as you would have to move the fan up high enough that the finstack may not see the full volume of airflow from the fan, so check your RAM compatibility.