Deepcool Captain 240 EX AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review

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Introduction to the Deepcool Captain 240 EX AIO Liquid CPU Cooler

Launching in April and under its sub-brand ‘Gamer Storm,’ Deepcool launched a newly upgraded cooler series called the Captain EX.  Under this all-in-one (AIO) series, you will find 120mm, 240mm, and 360mm variants, which feature several features, such as their patented SS Design (Separated Section), a steam punk appearance, visible liquid flow, and LED lighting.  New features with these coolers include things like upgraded high-density water micro-channel, anti-explosion rubber, unique silent TF 120 double-blade fan, as well as tooling free installation solution.  These features do sound promising, so hopefully they allow the cooler to perform well.  The Captain EX series visually looks similar to the former Captain series, but Deepcool upgraded a few features.  See the chart below for a comparison of the two coolers.

Deepcool Captain 240 EX - Assembled

Deepcool’s idea behind the high-density water micro-channel, is that every last drop of liquid inside the cooler will be able to absorb and dissipate heat efficiently.  Couple that with their anti-explosion rubber tubing, and they’re promising you that the safety and stability of the self-governed circulation channel in the cold plate.  Deepcool includes two TF 120 fans, which are designed for high static pressure and low noise.  The fans also feature an anti-vibration rubber to absorb most of the fan’s operating noise.  Overall, on paper, this cooler is sounding great, but we will have to see how it performs in our testing.

The Captain 240 EX was made very affordable, with an MSRP of $109.99 and selling for $89.99 shipped on Newegg or $106.61 shipped on Amazon right now.  Like all of their other liquid cooling products, Deepcool has placed a 3-year warranty on the Captain EX.  Should you find something go wrong with your cooler, you sure do have a nice guarantee behind it.

Not a whole lot has changed between the original Captain series vs. the Captain EX series, but take a look at the chart below for a comparison.

Deepcool Captain 240 EX Technical Specifications:

Captain 240 Captain 240 EX
Fan Dimensions 120X120X25mm
Net Weight 1183±10g 1249±10g
Fan Speed 600±200~2200±10%RPM 500±200-1800±10%RPM
Fan Air Flow 182.24CFM (MAX) 153.04CFM(MAX)
Fan Air Pressure 3.71mmH2O(MAX) 3.31mmH2O(MAX)
Fan Life Expectancy 100000 hours 50000 hours
Fan Noise Level 17.6~39.3dB(A) 17.6~31.3dB(A)
Fan Bearing Type FDB(Fluid Dynamic Bearing) Hydro Bearing
Fan Connector 4-Pin
Fan Rated Voltage 12VDC
Fan Rated Current 0.26±10%A(MAX) 0.12±10%A(MAX)
Fan Power Consumption 3.12W 1.44W
Main System Dimensions 89X65X82mm 92.5X93X85mm
Radiator Dimensions 274X120X27mm
Radiator Material Aluminum
Pump Life Expectancy 120000 hours
Pump Connector 3-Pin
Pump Operating Voltage 6~13.8VDC
Pump Rated Voltage 12VDC
Pump Speed 2200±10%RPM
Pump Current 0.16±15%A
Pump Power Consumption 1.92W

 

For being a relatively inexpensive AIO cooler, will the price tag on the Captain 240 EX match the performance?  That’s something we will have to find out in the coming pages!  Let’s move on and take a quick look at the packaging and what comes inside the box, and follow that up with a performance review of this wicked liquid CPU cooler.

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