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Review: Deepcool Gamer Storm Castle 240 EX

by Parm Mann on 12 June 2019, 14:00

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Conclusion

...Deepcool's striking pump design and anti-leak assurance make the Castle 240 EX an intriguing proposition.

Deepcool has expanded its range of anti-leak liquid coolers with the introduction of the Gamer Storm Castle 240 EX, priced at $120.

The key highlights include a patented pressure-relieving radiator, dual TF120S PWM fans and an improved pump design that's more efficient, even easier on the eye and customisable courtesy of an interchangeable logo.

Plenty to go by, but advancements in the latest air coolers are such that liquid all-in-ones no longer command the charts. Deepcool's unique design helps the Castle 240 EX stand out from the crowd, but given the absence of RGB fans, a $120 asking price may serve as an obstacle in what is a hotly contested marketplace.

Bottom line: it could be quieter under load, but for those wanting a cooler that looks the part, Deepcool's striking pump design and anti-leak assurance make the Castle 240 EX an intriguing proposition.

The Good
 
The Bad
Striking pump design
Wide CPU support, inc. Threadripper
Decent cooling performance
Easily customisable logo
Promises never to leak
 
Gets quite loud when pushed
No spare thermal paste



Deepcool Gamer Storm Castle 240 EX

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I see from the graphs, that the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 runs a little cooler and is much quieter, it also costs much less. Who needs water cooling?
Friesiansam
I see from the graphs, that the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 runs a little cooler and is much quieter, it also costs much less. Who needs water cooling?

personally, I can only see myself using water cooling in a small number of situations, in a very small case (Loque Ghost S1 MK2 is one contender), a very high TDP card (using a 360mm/280mm rad), or I go the whole way and include the graphics cards.
one concern I do have with giant air coolers is the stress they put on the motherboard, the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 weighs in at 1.13KG\2.5lb. not sure whether that is a legit concern or not.
also, SOME big air coolers can interfere with the placement of RAM.
Friesiansam
I see from the graphs, that the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 runs a little cooler and is much quieter, it also costs much less. Who needs water cooling?

Nobody. It's a cool-factor thing. And not to say there's anything wrong with that of course, how many things have we all bought because it was cool, vs the cheaper, better, but blander option ? But ya, it'll be a cold day in hell before I buy an AIO.

That is, until I win the lottery. Then I shall commission the most insanest, watery, coolest (in all senses) loop setup ever. Because..well, it's just so damn cool
'…but the preferred method is to connect the RGB cable to a 5V motherboard header as compatibility is guaranteed with boards from ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte and MSI.'
I keep seeing this, but most motherboards like mine that has MSI Mystic light, ONLY have a 12v RGB header, it's a bit misleading to say it's compatible with these motherboards when infact for many it's not.
Friesiansam
I see from the graphs, that the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 runs a little cooler and is much quieter, it also costs much less. Who needs water cooling?

The real use cases for watercooling are limited. Myself, I got it to allow a decent overclock when the time comes but is it better than a decent air cooler? Probably not. Is it Gucci? Oh yes.