Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240 Reviewred454 -
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Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240 Introduction:
DEEPCOOL was founded in 1996 and provided desktop and server coolers for ODM (Original Design Manufacturer) partners. The company has since expanded and offers a nice line of CPU, notebook, hard drive, and server coolers. It also has individual fans, power supplies, and even a new line of computer cases, including the recently released Steam Castle. With its focus on customer service and satisfaction, DEEPCOOL is a leader in the cooling market.
GAMER STORM is a sub-brand / offshoot of DEEPCOOL, and is obviously its gaming persona. Within GAMER STORM is a range of high performance fans and CPU coolers (and even one VGA cooler) targeted at gamers looking for that extra kick. Now we have GAMER STORM's first entry into the highly competitive market of AIO (all-in-one) liquid coolers. The Maelstrom series consists of three models: 120K (entry level), 120 (mid-range), and 240 (top of the line). We have the 240 today, so to leave a mark in the crowded AIO market, the Maelstrom 240 will have to turn out some impressive numbers. And in case you were wondering, the word "maelstrom" means a very strong swirling body of water, like a whirlpool.
Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240 Closer Look:
On the top of the black and red themed box, there is a graphic of the pump, split into a half rendering and half line drawing, along with a small picture of the pump, radiator, and fans at the lower right. On the back of the box, there are dimensional drawings and a list of the socket coverage.
The front panel lists the features and specifications, while the rear panel shows the UPC and general trademark and patent information.
The side panels show a larger view of the pump, tubes, fans, and radiator, along with a QR code to scan and get more info. The red and black theme is carried throughout the entire box.
When you open the box and remove the protective, soft-foam top cover, you are greeted with all the compontents neatly packed in clear plastic and nested in a formed fiberboard insert. The packaging seems to have done the job, as everything looks to be in perfect condition.
Opening the main hardware bag, you will find all the mounting hardware you need for the installation, including: the base plate and base mounts for Intel and AMD installations; mounting screws; and even a cool GAMER STORM stick-on badge. Socket coverage includes Intel LGA 2011/1366/1155/1156/1150/1150 and AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2. There is also a four-port fan controller hub that we will discuss a little later.
The instruction set is printed on the front and back of a single sheet, but is thorough. The illustrations are clear and easy to follow.