One very important thing mentioned in our CPU cooler methodology article was that as processors get smaller and smaller, the concentration of heat is tough for many coolers out there to control. Coolers with moderate TDP ratings will do better than the stock cooler of course, but in the world of overclocking, better than stock only goes so far. With quite a few coolers tested recently, the new test system really stresses coolers like no other system I have tested on, even the hot box method. This handily whoops the mediocre submissions, justly glorifies coolers with superior designs, and leaves a defined line in the sand of appropriate solutions to choose from in today's market.
So, how does that apply to the latest cooler to hit our labs for testing? Well this cooler, while hiding a certain specification only found on their site, GamerStorm specifies this cooler on the packaging to have a 100 to 130W TCP when it is run passively. Right out of the gate, we realize that we won't even have a chance of not throttling the 4770K with this level of a TDP. The range of TDP in a passive situation is completely based off of the chassis airflow and is why there is a range rather than a set figure.
Now back to that hidden specification, though. On the GamerStorm site, they openly state that with the 140mm fan that comes inside of the box, this new submission takes the TDP level to extreme levels. With the fan on the cooler, the new TDP rating is set to 300W of heat dissipation capabilities, and should be more than enough cooler for the new test system.
GamerStorm has sent us the Lucifer CPU cooler to have a look at today, and even while designed as a large single tower cooler, there is a lot of style that comes along with it too. The main idea behind the Lucifer is to allow basic cooling needs in passive mode, but for those that want to go further, strap on the fan, and now enjoy the massive jump in performance, without much audible noise coming from the cooler when the fan is running either.
GamerStorm delivers a large cooler that on paper looks like it should be able to kick ass and take names, so why don't we get right to it and see if the Lucifer from GamerStorm should be your next choice in air coolers.