A big thank you to Deepcool for supplying the review sample.
Deepcool is no newcomer to the market, having been around since 1996. However, In recent years, they have really begun focusing heavily on the enthusiast DIY market by delivering reliable products, including cases, power supplies, heatsinks, fans, and all-in-one liquid coolers. On top of that, you can also say that the company marches to the beat of their own drum. You can see it in the products they deliver, which have a unique flair that is readily apparent, such as with the Steam Castle and Quadstellar chassis or their unique all-in-one liquid coolers with glass tubing. Among many others, these examples showcase their ability to think outside the box, along with a willingness to try new things. For these reasons and many more, Deepcool continues to excel in the DIY PC market.
In today's review, I look at the Deepcool Gamer Storm Castle 280EX. This recently released all-in-one liquid cooling option features the company's new pump design that is a bit more subdued than the steampunk stylization they have used previously. Much like the Castle 360EX, the Castle 280EX has many of the same features, including Deepcool's Anti-leak technology. Like it's sibling, the 280EX offers an ARGB-illuminated pump with black fans for a less is more approach in regards to lighting. So without further ado, let's get down to business!
|MODEL:||Gamer Storm Castle 280EX|
|SOCKET SUPPORT:||Intel: LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA2011(-3), LGA2066|
AMD: AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+,FM1, FM2, FM2+, AM4, TR4
|CPU BLOCK:||Base Material: Copper|
|PUMP:||RPM: 2550 +/- 10%|
|RADIATOR:||Dimensions: 322 mm ×138 mm ×27 mm|
Dimensions: 140 mm x 140 mm x 25 mm
Fan Speed: 400 - 1600 RPM (+/-10%)
Fan Airflow: 97.03 CFM
Fan Noise: ≤ 39.81 dBA
Large copper cold plate with 25% more skived fins (Supports TR4)
Efficient pump design optimized for performance and noise
Swappable custom logo
5V addressable RGB with motherboard software support