Deepcool Captain 240 Liquid CPU Cooler Overview
After removing the protective plastic bags we find a very comprehensive collection of parts and accessories. This includes all the mounting hardware, two red and black fans, a fan splitter, a manual and of course a DeepCool Gamer Storm case badge!
Moving in for a closer look at the fans we find that the pair included are two Gamer Storm branded GF120 120mm units. These feature red blades with black housings. The housing of the fans is covered in nice thick rubber for vibration dampening while internally they feature fluid dynamic bearings for low noise and a long life span. They feel quite solid as far a fans go and boast quite an impressive list of specs. The max speed is rated at 2200 rpm at which point they are supposed to create 182.24 CFM of airflow while pressing out 3.71mmH20 pressure but will be making 39.3dB(A) of noise. This isn’t terrible but it is certainly on the louder side. The good new is at the low end they only make 17.6 dB(A) which is quite low and should be basically unnoticeable.
Moving onto the cooler itself we find a most intriguing design indeed.
The pump itself is where the steam punk design really comes out. Internally it features a proprietary Separated Section design to self-govern the circulation and more adequately dissipate heat. The pump has a three phase motor and integrated impeller which combined with ceramic bearings should make for a lot of flow, little noise, and long lifespan. While the internals are very interesting, it is probably the exterior design of the pump which brought you here. Unique to the Captain series is a curved piece of red clear rigid tubing that comes out of the opposite side of the pump housing from the inlet/outlet, goes up the side and then curves back into the top. The top has a ring of fins that surround the rigid tubing and are back-lit when powered.
Other than the rigid tubing there is of course the inlet/outlet tubing on swivel fittings and a 3 pin power connector.
The base of the cooler is an all copper heat plate with microchannels on the business side. Like most AiOs the cooler comes preinstalled with TIM. While the base does have a plastic cup protecting it, ours didn’t make it through what we speculate might have been a customs inspection in very good condition. Unfortunately we will have to remove this and re-install for testing. The copper base itself is in great shape and features a medium shine finish.
Lastly we have the radiator end of this cooler. Finished in a semi-gloss black paint this 240mm unit is pretty thin at 27.8mm. The fin density is fairly high, but not as high as some other radiators we’ve seen with a similar thickness. The radiator will do best with the fans set to a fairly high speed. The chambered end of the radiator also has the inlet and outlet ports connected to some thin and fairly rigid plastic ribbed tubing. While this will work we have seen most of the other manufactures moving to thicker tubing to encourage higher flow. There is also a fill port on this end of the radiator. DeepCool of course does not want you to service the unit yourself and has a sticker over the port stating that the warranty is voided if removed.