Starting off with the obvious, the Lucifer is a BEAST. While we were not able to test this cooler in any form or reference to any sort of good lighting, we stuck to testing with the accompanying fan, and I for one am impressed. For a company that pretty much showed up out of the blue one day, the team at DeepCool and GamerStorm really has their act together when it comes to CPU cooler offerings.
I was impressed with the dual-tower Assassin and its showing at our labs, but with much less cooler and one less fan, the Lucifer is within one degree of being dead even in performance, while offering less noise to the user in the Lucifer design. They pulled out all most of the tricks of the trade that have made other coolers huge successes, and proved once again that these design elements work, and are far superior to many other offerings on the market. Also offering a cooler with a 300W TDP had better cool well or it would be laughed out of the market. GamerStorm was sure not to have this be the case, and they really came through with a real winner in the Lucifer.
Outside of performance and design, the Lucifer still keeps giving in other aspects as well. The almost overdesigned hardware is welcomed with the Lucifer as it is over 1000 grams, and cheap hardware is just not a good idea. Here, the Lucifer has very strong and well designed components that aren't that far away from Noctua's hardware that is in my mind the benchmark of what cooler hardware should be. I mean, even the fan is great in this kit. Think about this for a second - GamerStorm delivers over 80 CFM to this cooler, and is as quiet as a mouse. That is an average of 30 CFM more than what Noctua offers, and is right in line with them as far as noise levels are concerned. Essentially at this point we have seen the Lucifer ace two out of the three reasons behind cooler purchases. It offers top notch results thermally, and even while taking a processor to new heights, you don't deal with the ear slitting noise typically associated with thermal results like this.
The last piece of the puzzle is a bit of a mystery, but let me give you some perspective on the rumors and what I think the cooler is worth. If the rumors of the $40 to $60 are in any way true, the Lucifer would, with no doubt in my mind, be the new benchmark for bang for the buck coolers. I mean top tier performance, near silence, and all I need is around $50 to get one? That is an amazing deal! In reality, I think that this cooler is worth much more. I was bringing up Noctua previously, as the Lucifer is built much like something from them, outside of taking the time to solder the fins to the heat pipes. Keeping that in mind, with everything considered with pricing of the coolers closest to it on out charts, and what other coolers of this caliber have cost in the past, the Lucifer would be worth every bit of an $80 to $90 price point, and I still think it would sell well.
In the end, regardless of pricing, unless they break the $100 mark, the Lucifer and its results do all the talking that is needed, and it truly is completely capable of devouring heat in silence, as the tag line suggests.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [GamerStorm Lucifer CPU Cooler]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [The Test System and Thermal Results]
- Page 8 [Noise Level Results]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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