Deepcool Captain 240 EX AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review


Captain 240 EX Packaging and a Closer Look

Of the Deepcool products that I have seen, their packaging isnt overly flashy, but rather colorful, simple, and to the point. The Captain EX follows that trend, as on the front of the box we see a top-down view of the visual water block along with a few key features pointed out. Flipping the box to the rear, we find the physical dimensions of the cooler plus socket compatibility. Thats all there is to the packaging.

Opening it up, we find the traditional egg carton-style packaging, which did a great job holding the product in place, as nothing was damaged.

Deepcool Captain 240 EX - Box Interior

Pulling the Captain 240 EX out of the box, you cant help but notice the design elements of the pump. You will find a series of fins purely aesthetic and a red tube going into the top of the block; It is said to be a reactor-style housing. This looks pretty neat and will definitely draw ones eyes right to it, provided your case has a window.

Deepcool Captain 240 EX

Looking a little closer at the pump block, we find two screws for mounting. This means that well end up having a little assembly for the back plate and mounting system. The pump block does have LED lighting behind it, which we will see later on.

Deepcool Captain 240 EX - Pump

Flipping the block over we find pre-applied thermal paste. For this review, we will be using the factory-applied paste. It came in decent shape, but it appears as if a tiny bit rubbed off in packaging.

Deepcool Captain 240 EX - Thermal Paste

Connecting from the radiator to the pump, we find anti-explosion rubber tubing with braided sheathing, giving it a very nice look. The connection points do rotate to some extent, helping with your installation. You will also notice a 3-pin power connector cable coming out of here. Here is a closer look at the mounting screws, the Gamer Storm logo, but most importantly notice how the wiring from the power cable isnt fully seated inside the pump assembly.

Deepcool Captain 240 EX - Pump

Included with this kit are two Gamer Storm TF120 fans, capable of pushing roughly 153 CFM with a very high static pressure of 3.31mmH20 at roughly 1800 RPM. The maximum noise level produced from these fans is rated at 31.3 dBA, which is basically a whisper quiet library in loudness. The fans do have an anti-vibration rubber around the mounting points to further reduce noise. These fans should be more than adequate for this system and I cant wait to see how the whole system performs.

Installing the fans is a breeze, as all you do is line up the holes and tighten them down with the fan screw.

Deepcool Captain 240 EX - Assembled

Lastly, the accessories included provide everything you need to install this on any modern Intel or AMD system. There is also a fan hub provided, which can connect up to four fans.

Deepcool Captain 240 EX - Hardware

This wraps up the introduction to the cooler and the packaging, so lets move on and see how easy this neat looking liquid CPU cooler is to install!