Gamer Storm Lucifer Reviewred454 - January 22, 2014
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Gamer Storm Lucifer Conclusion:
I've been really impressed with the Lucifer. It is an attractive cooler that is easy to install and gives you the option of running in passive mode — not many coolers can do that.
When using the included fan, cooling performance shows that the Lucifer can run with larger, more expensive coolers. The fan is quiet and can move plenty of air when necessary. And under normal use in passive mode, the Lucifer's large surface area can still handle the load of a stock 4770K, and a lower TDP processor such as the i3 or i5 would likely give even better results. Overclocking simply pushed the temps too high for passive use. And really, you have to have some case fans anyway, so why not just use the 140mm PWM fan that comes with it and thermally speaking, you will be prepared for anything your CPU can dish out.
Testing coolers as often as I do means that I am in and out of the case quite often. And the way some coolers install (like some of the Noctua models) can really spoil you. Most of the time, I am working on the test system with the case upright, and with the retaining bracket being separate from the base, it can be a bit of a challenge to install. However, if you lay your case flat, then you won't have any problems installing the Lucifer. And most people install their cooler once and never really touch it again.
The next thing to consider besides cooling performance is RAM space. Large coolers are notorious for smothering the RAM slots and the way the heat pipes are offset, the finstack is kept clear of the RAM slots. The Patriot Viper RAM that I am using fits just fine, and all four slots on the motherboard are accessible (when the fan is removed). But taller RAM may have some issues, so check to make sure your RAM will fit.
The build quality is top notch, right down to the packaging, and the unique style just begs to be in a case with a big side window. The Lucifer packs a thermal punch and proves that it really can "devour the heat". Expected pricing should be around $40, which is a lot of bang for the buck.
- Ability to be used passively (non-overclocked)
- Ease of installation
- Low-noise fan
- RAM slots are still accessible
- RAM clearance my be a problem with tall modules