Deepcool Captain 240X RGB – AIO Liquid Cooler Review
I personally purchased the DeepCool Captain 240X RGB AIO liquid cooler for my build, and now I feel ready to share my thoughts about this product.
First of all I tested it for about one week, with a Ryzen 5 1600, an ASUS B450-F gaming motherboard and a CoolerMaster MasterBox Lite 5 (I am full aware that it is not the best case for airflow).
Before this cooler I was rocking the integrated air cooler that came with the CPU, but I wasn’t really happy with it because the fan was to loud and after a couple of months of usage, even opening my browser would cause the fan to spin much faster. So my objective was to find a liquid cooler that could grant me a lot of silence, and with this DeepCool Captain 240X I managed to achieve it.
Let’s start by talking about the build quality: the cooler feels very solid, the cables are easy to bend in order to achieve a perfect look in your case while still being really sturdy. In addition the cooler is equipped with DeepCool’s exclusive Anti-Leak technology that helps the system to achieve an automated pressure balance making it more difficult to leak in the future. The radiator is 280m long with support for 2 120mm fans that are included but unfortunately are not RGB. The fans are really well designed and also equipped with patented two-layer fan blades, as well as flow-amplifying and noise-canceling frames.
For my build I am not going to use this included fans just because I want some RGB (I used some DeepCool RF 120M that are still really great RGB fans with rubber pads to reduce noises) but I mounted one of them on the back of my case as en exhaust fan, to substitute the one that came with the case and I immediately noticed that the DeepCool fan can move a significant more amount of air.
The waterblock has the classic DeepCool Captain design with a small metal tube sticking out, and really makes everything look cooler. This part of the AIO is RGB (5V) and produces a tone of light.
In the box there are a lot of accessories included: an RGB manual controller that can be powered by SATA if you do not have a 5V header on your motherboard, a fan hub of which I am not really a fan because it is really hard to remove the connectors after you have plugged them in, an RGB extension and all the mounting brackets for both Intel and AMD.
But now let’s talk about performance. The idle temperature on Windows while just looking at the desktop or making some really small tasks is always around 37 to 39 degrees. I tried different fans profiles on the Asus Bios and the most aggressive one can bring the temperature down below 30 degrees! But it gets really loud, while with the normal settings is absolutely silent.
I also run an AIDA64 stress test for 15 minutes and the temperature begun to reach its stability at 63 degrees where we saw very small variations between 62 and 63 degrees.
The MAX temperature was 63.6 degrees and the fans weren’t actually really loud, indeed they didn’t reach their MAX speed.
I am really happy with these results, the CPU never thermal throttled and the noise is really controlled even under heavy load. In games like Fortnite and Valorant the max temperatures are always around 52 degrees and the fans don’t start to run a lot faster. I can definitely recommend this CPU cooler, and the price is also very reasonable, I spent 99€ but unfortunately on Amazon.com I could only find an offer at $199 that is absolutely a rip off while on NewEgg is available at $111.99, a more reasonable price, in fact 99€ corresponds to $111.
Down below you will find the pictures of how I installed the CPU cooler, and I have to make a small critic. I wish the screws to mount the fans to the radiator were a bit longer because if you plan on installing them, like I did, with the case frame in between you are gonna struggle a bit, but it is nothing too bad.