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Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 25, 2014 6:06 am
TweakTown Rating: 75%Manufacturer: Deepcool

Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240 AIO CPU Cooler

 

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Inside of this round, plastic, textured head unit, we find the cold plate and the pump contained under the screwed on cover. We also see the Gamer Storm logo right in the middle, which appears grey, but when the unit is powered, this logo will illuminate with a white LED behind it.

 

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This is also a first on any AIO; they placed a sticker on the side that says "Caution: No warranty if torn". In other words, they don't want you popping the cap, or trying to get inside the head unit for any reason, or you will lose any warranty coverage of the entire product.

 

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As most do, this head unit offers two swivel fittings, but they do not turn as far to the sides as many others do. We also see that the tubing is stretched over the fittings, and has no clamps. The only other thing on the side of the head unit is the three-pin power lead for the pump, which is slightly out of focus to the right.

 

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There was a plastic cap covering the base, but it did nothing to keep the TIM from getting messed with, or debris from getting into the TIM. Also, as we look around the edge of the cold plate, we see they used special safety screws that look like standard Allen heads, but they have a pin in the center to attempt to keep users from tampering with it.

 

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Since we test all coolers on the same TIM, we need to remove the stock goop anyways. What we find is a brushed finish left to make contact to the CPU. There is a bit of deviation as you get nearer to the screws, but the majority of the mating surface is ever so slightly convex.

 

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Moving away from the head unit, we find that there is twelve inches of tubing from fitting to fitting. As for the three-pin lead from the head unit, that is eleven inches in length, and if not powered from the motherboard fan header, that gives you plenty of room to get it to a fan controller or hub.

 

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We see on the 27mm thick aluminium radiator that there are aluminium barbs that have the tubing stretched over them. Also, since we have now seen a copper base, and an aluminium radiator, we have to assume they are using a special coolant for mixed metals and anti-fungal/bacterial properties.

 

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As with many AIOs, Gamer Storm did not change the fin arrangement in their AIO. Here we see the same super tight fin arrangement that we counted to have 20 FPI.

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