Deepcool has proved inexpensive and effective release of the cooling systems, and more recently the developers Adv range of maintenance-free and NWO. Among the many ready water block Deepcool products primarily allocated Captain pump range with an interesting design. It is characterized by having a transparent tube through which the refrigerant can contemplate flows. Secondly, we note the democratic value of the products.
Introduced in 2014 in several variations, with the radiator size 120-, 240-, and 360 mm, Captain showed a series of well-behaved. However, updating the line with address weaknesses not long in coming. Deepcool Captain got EX suffix from the word «Extreme», which presents a number of modifications: among them, a modified water-block, new fans, improved attachment system, replaced the hose from the pump to the radiator for more reliable. Well, let’s see whether the training could good old “Captain” to his advantage?!
Cooling Deepcool Captain 240 EX comes in a large cardboard box with a dark graphic arts industry. Developers therefore like to emphasize the black design new items with bright red illumination and transparent tube pump refrigerant. On the front side of the marked name of the manufacturer and model, underlined the status of the visual appearance and marked with the logos of the main advantages of the product.
On the reverse side are placed two handy list of the supported current sockets, and a schematic representation of a radiator and pump with accurate dimensions. This makes fitting new items is very easy even to buy and allows us to estimate the size.
At the end of the list of packaging designers all the advantages Deepcool Captain 240 EX, characteristics Gamer Storm TF120 fan and pump-water block.
Inside the box, all the parts and elements are separated by partitions and packed in bags. It is worth noting that the package is not exactly limping and includes everything you need.
It includes installation guide, brochure Deepcool products, metal badge on the body screws to secure the heat sink and fan, extension for wire pump.
Each fastening elements laid out in their sacs, and signed by both AMD and Intel sockets. For comments, you can include the presence of a plastic base plate, so when you install the cooling system, do not use excessive force.
The scope of delivery can be found branded hub for fans Deepcool FAN HUB 4 fan PWM, adhesive tape for mounting inside the case and tie to hide the wires properly.
Cooling Deepcool Captain 240 EX refers to the classic non-performing “dropsy.” This implies a standard concept in which the pump and water block is a single entity, and are connected with a radiator with two hoses. On each element AIO-cooling system, we will talk separately.
As a model for the coolant with the letter “240” two-piece heat sink is used, designed for two fans 120 mm. The design allows you to expand the active part of the cooling is still a couple of turntables, however, included in the standard they are and additional pairs of screws are not provided.
External heatsink dimensions are 274 x 120 x 27 mm, it is made of aluminum. The working medium is based on fourteen flat channel soldered corrugated strip between them. The thickness of the scattering portion is 18 mm modest.
The density of edges is fairly typical for thin radiators and is 19-20 FPI.
Business card cooling system Deepcool Captain 240 EX – is the design of the pump. She received almost cubic shape, from the top edge of the tube which goes and hides in the side of the hull. As it flows the refrigerant during SVO.
One of the drawbacks of the previous model is in plastic “ears” – mounting the pump on the corners, which is attached to the metal frame. It was not very comfortable and there was a possibility to damage them. The updated series of Extreme metal they replaced.
Developers do not reveal all the characteristics of the pump. It is known that a ceramic bearing resource 120,000 hours, and the stated speed of 2200 rev / min.
Ground water block is made entirely of copper, on which a layer of thermal paste applied. As planned by the developers, this simplifies installation and saves the user from unnecessary movements. Especially “dropsy” is set once and complete for this reason there is no usual syringe with paste.
On the positive side the pump is equipped with swivel fittings. This allows you to adjust the hoses inside the body and to restore order.
Sami received hoses rubber base with additional braided cloth. Total hardness is much higher than the previous model and copes with excesses. hose length minus the metal rings is 290 mm.
Near the pivot fittings from the pump out the cable with 3pin connector. It is worth emphasizing that such an implementation makes it possible not only to feed the pump, but also to remove and adjust its speed.
Cooling Deepcool Captain 240 EX fans received Gamer Storm TF120. The main advantage of the use of turntables is blades original form, which are able to create a more powerful air pressure and low noise. They can also boast of a hydrodynamic bearing (FDB) with a stated service life up to 100,000 hours.
To reduce vibration and noise enclosure corners have rubber inserts. On the reverse side of the TF120 fans there is a sticker with the characteristics. Current consumption is 0.12 A at 12 V, power consumption – 1.44 watts. The advantages of the Gamer Storm TF120 should include and support PWM adjustment.
Installation will take place on the motherboard ASUS X99 Strix, which is based on the socket 2011-v3, and Intel i7-6800K CPU. It is worth emphasizing that the installation of this platform transmits the first step in the instructions for socket LGA 115x – mounting base plate.
Initially, we consider the package and take the bag with the signature «LGA 2011″. The motherboard in the chassis mounting twirl four goals.
Install the two metal strips, which will be mounted pump-water block. It is worth emphasizing that the location of the pump in and out of her body hoses should think in advance.
The final stage. Mount the pump and fasten the two spring-loaded screws on the brackets. The whole operation took less than five minutes, with which to handle even the inexperienced user.
Go to the test results.
Testing took place on the stand with the following configuration:
To begin with a look at the charts of noise from the fan speed and pump.
By default, the pump operates at a speed of 2750 rev / min, which is higher than the stated specifications 2200 / min. In this mode, it emits a low hum, which is noticeable in the open stand, but hardly catch in the closed PC. However, enjoyable moment of the cooling system Deepcool Captain 240 EX is the fact that it was possible to adjust its rotation speed thanks to 3pin jack. On the motherboard was an example of the range of 1050 – 2750 rev / min. Thereby it is possible to adjust the flow rate, and find a balance between performance and noise. Pump is absolutely silent even in the open booth 2200 rev / min – – declared speed and 2750 rev / min – maximum performance in 1600 rev / min: The three values was selected as a test.
Fans Gamer Strom TF120 was a good model for this class of devices. At rotation speed up to 1000 rev / min, they run very quietly, at 1300 rev / min – can distinguish the noise level is below average, and 1800 – rev / min – maximum performance. For everyday use, they can be encouraged to use at 400 – 1300 rev / min.
In early tests, we used the regular system settings without overclocking the CPU, and as an opponent will make super-cooler Noctua NH-D15S.
On the drain both processor cooling systems do an excellent job, however, Deepcool Captain 240 EX when a similar noise level makes this a couple of degrees more efficiently and at maximum speed – the difference reaches 10 ° C.
The second iteration of the test runs on the processor overclocked to 4100 MHz with 1.250 V. This is a serious challenge for many cooling systems.
Modes were divided into three components: performance, balance and silence, which depended on the fan speed Gamer Strom TF120.
The results speak for themselves. Liquid cooling system of this type of bad feeling when operating the pump is not only 2200 rev / min, and even 1 600 rev / min. But further lower the bar is not necessary, it affects the rapid decrease in productivity and efficiency. In this regard the problem solved more than regular fans installed on the radiator 240 mm.
The maximum acceleration when the stability of the two cooling systems – 4200 MHz 1.288 MHz.
It is worth noting some parity between the two CO, which turn out to be not only for performance and noise, but also the ratio of price and availability.
The efforts of the engineers did not go unnoticed. The updated line Deepcool Captain 240 EX noted the significant improvements – water block modified structure, enhanced protection from hose inflection, metal mount pump, new fans. All this is reflected in the results obtained. “Captain” was not only able to show a good performance, but also demonstrate the ability to fine-tune the speed of rotation of the pump and fans, setting up the system a certain balance between performance and comfort value of the noise level, which is an advantage.
Deepcool Captain 240 EX is a classic representative of its class, but with a good rework and redesign of pump-water block. And if you’re looking closely to the acquisition of the liquid cooling system, then you should pay attention to the «Extreme» version.