The average user is never going to notice anything wrong with this unit; it is simple to assemble, does a decent job at stock CPU testing, and even with the PWM in control of the fan speeds, the noise levels aren't going to bother you much either. Also, when generally speaking about its price, it is on par with other AIOs that compete with it. So, if you plan to buy this cooler for a system that you never plan to overclock, it is a solid choice, but maybe you should still continue reading.
Outside of the lack of availability of Deepcool and Gamer Storm products inside of the U.S., which has been getting better since we started with them, you will still find this cooler hard to obtain. This will be true even when stock does hit shelves; there may only be one or two places like Amazon or eBay where you will be able locate one. If you are able to obtain one, we don't feel you will be all that impressed with its results if you do plan on overclocking the processor a bit. While we realize that we could have had a defective unit, or it may have been damaged along with the packaging, we found our results to be on par with what other reviews are showing. To us, this means that we have a solid unit; it is just sub-par out of the gate.
We did like the mounting hardware, but even here there are some faults. If you don't align the studs correctly, the plastic clips will break when you are sliding them on. We also found that when screwing down the thumbscrews, the stud from the backplate will rise through the middle, and pop the screwdriver out of the head long before they are even tight, forcing you to use pliers to finish the job. Even then, we found the mounting pressure to be on the weaker side of what we have seen in other AIOs.
While we get that Deepcool and Gamer Storm are cutting their teeth with these AIOs, we also realize this isn't their own design, and AIOs have proven to be much more efficient from other companies. Looking back to the specifications of this cooler, even with all of that air flow, the serious impeller speed of our unit, and the fact that the red and black theme matched so well with our D-Frame, we really cannot recommend this cooler in the grand scheme of AIOs. If this were a couple of years ago, and there was much more power delivered to the head unit, then maybe we could; however, the fact is that we are on the third generation of AIOs, and even creeping into the fourth generation, so our standards are much higher.
In our opinion, buying the Maelstrom 240 would be taking a big step backwards since so many others are offering solutions that can cool up to five degrees cooler, and some can even do better with much less noise. The Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240 just does not fall into any good categories, as it is too pricey for its performance, its loud, and only beats out seven other coolers on the charts, and one of them is the Intel stock cooler.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240 AIO CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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