Normal is boring and everyone can do that, make a square box, cut some holes and call it a case. Granted, there are many different ones and most of them have a great purpose, but they are pretty much the same. But not all of them and DeepCool has reminded us of that with their GamerStorm TriStellar ITX chassis. We first saw the case featured in CyberPowerPC’s Trinity Gaming System and a little later the standalone released.
Now DeepCool went ahead and created a second version of this chassis and it looks even better than the first version. DeepCool added tempered glass to the top compartment, allowing you to showcase your GPU on one side and three 3.5-inch drives on the other side.
The are three glass pieces, one for the top and one for each side of the compartment. Each is fastened with four flat thumb screws. The rest of the chassis remains as in the original TriStellar chassis.
Sadly there wasn’t any word on availability and price yet, but I’m sure these information will follow shortly. I for one wouldn’t mind having a system in this chassis on my desktop, living room or even bedroom for that matter. It looks awesome and now better than ever with the tempered glass.
Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information
Last week CyberPowerPC released their Trinity Gaming Desktop in various configurations and we could read some comments that a lot of users would love this chassis if they could fill it with their own components instead of buying a pre-built system. Not to worry, that is just what you can do now as DeepCool Launched the GamerStorm TriStellar ITX chassis.
It wasn’t everyone that like the chassis, but you can’t argue that it isn’t unique. The engine or blade-like design can hold a small form factor rig inside, but it isn’t so small on the outside. In fact, it will take up the same space as a normal square chassis with the same dimensions. What you get instead is a case that’s worth showing off and still fits all the basic components you need for both workstations and gaming systems.
Most small form factor chassis can run into trouble with heat when you put many high-end components into it, but that shouldn’t be as much an issue with the TriStellar chassis. The three chambers effectively divide up all the parts and only keeps one high-heat creating item in each: PSU, CPU and Graphics card.
The interior is fully black and it can hold graphics cards up to 320mm length and with up to three slot covers in height. That’s enough for a Titan-Z graphics cards and a lot of others too.
The chassis can hold a mITX motherboard and supports CPU coolers with a height of up to 80mm. There’s also support for AIO coolers with 120mm radiators as well as a standard ATX power supply.
Storage is pretty well covered too with a total of five drive trays with hot plugging SATA ports. You can have two 3.5-inch HDDs in the PSU chamber and three 2.5-inch SSDs or HDDs in the graphics card chamber. The front panel has two USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks for easy connection of peripherals.
This certainly isn’t a chassis for everyone, but I could see it fitting well in a lot of situations where having something else than square black or beige box next to the desk could be of benefit. Designers, architects, customizers, and similar offices would stand a bit more out when customers come in with a chassis like DeepCool’s GamerStorm TriStellar ITX chassis.
Unfortunately, there are very few new products on display from DeepCool at CES, although that’s not surprising given that we last seen the company at CES in January, although they are expected to have more new products in time for this year’s Computex in Taipei.
The have brought along their latest and greatest products, including their Captain coolers, SteamCastle chassis and a whole lot more.
The two new products that caught our eye, would be their new low-to-mid budget chassis. The one on the left reminds me of the Cylons in Battlestar Galactica!
A gorgeous SteamCastle mod, with incredible attention to detail.
It’s always great to see Deep Cool and they’ve got some very good products that have been proving a big hit with system builders. We look forward to seeing more new products from the brand later this year at Computex.
Deepcool was created 20 years ago and have been providing cases, power supplies, coolers and more ever since. With high quality and performance in mind, Deepcool have been a first choice for gamers, modders and overclockers and with such a wide range of products there is something that should suit everyone. Part of the Deepcool product line is the “Gamer Storm” range, as the name suggests this is a range geared towards the gamer with a range of really nice looking products from fans to AIO coolers.
One of the latest additions to the Gamer Storm range is the Captain 240, an AIO Liquid cooling solution that has been made to look good, run quietly and perform well. It is part of a wider range of Captain products, such as the single fan Captain 120 or the triple fan Captain 360. I’m really interested to see how this performs as it is one of the products I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on due to the very unique look.
The Box for the Gamer Storm Captain 240 is simple yet stylish, it has a nice background with some rather funky photos of the product. Unfortunately, our box got slightly damaged in transit, but the product inside is perfectly fine, which shows that not only does the packaging look good, it does its main job and protects the valuable items inside.
Other information that can be found on the box includes the specification. As you can see it supports many of the Intel and AMD sockets that we’re used to, so it will fit most modern motherboards and we can also see that we have a dual radiator and dual 120mm 600 – 2200 RPM PWM fans.
Inside the box we get a nice bunch of fittings to allow us to mount the CPU block and the radiators, there are fittings for both AMD and Intel, you have everything you need to get started and you even have a case badge with the Gamer Storm logo on which is a nice little touch. Something else that is included is a fan hub, allowing you to use 4 PWM fans from 1 fan header. Usually with AIO coolers, you just get a simple Y cable, it’s really refreshing to see that Deepcool are spending a little more on these kind of accessories to give the user the best experience possible when using the Gamer Storm range.
The fans look great, they are a 120mm PWM fan which are built to last, they are dustproof and waterproof and even have a TPE coating which will not only protect the fan but will also dampen vibration between the fan and the radiator. The black and red theme is bright, yet not garish and will look great in many computer builds, especially when using ROG boards. The fan impeller is also detachable which is useful when you want to clean it.
Now, this is where this cooler really stands out for me, the “steam punk” design looks absolutely amazing. I can understand that people will either love it or hate it however as it does only suite a certain taste. The visible fluid adds something that we don’t see often on an AIO and the pump housing looks like some sort of reactor. It would have been nicer to have a darker red fluid, or for it to be less opaque, but then again the subtle tones of the design nicely bring it down from being too “in your face”
The underside is made of 100% copper, which ensures the best possible thermal conductivity, as well as a little more eye candy. Unfortunately there is pre-applied thermal paste, which is great for one time use and for people who are a little unsure about applying paste but it does mean that if for whatever reason you need to take the cooler from the CPU then you will have to purchase some aftermarket thermal paste. I much prefer seeing a nice syringe of paste with a cooler rather than it being pre-applied like this.
Installation for the Gamer Storm Captain 240 couldn’t be easier, you simply add the backplate to the motherboard, screw the brackets for your socket type to the pump then use the provided thumb screws to then attach the pump to the motherboard. It really is that simple. As a reviewer I remove the cooler numerous times throughout the testing stage to ensure a fair test, and this system made the whole experience pain-free. There is plenty of space between the CPU block and the RAM, even if we fit the Captain 240 with the tube outlets next to the RAM you still have enough clearance to use RAM with large heat sinks, so you’re certainly not limited to low profile RAM like you are with some standard coolers.
Once fitted and there is power to the cooler it really does stand out from the crowd. The reactor starts to glow red with a pulsating glow. I turned off my lights and watched this for some time as it is almost mesmerizing. It really shows that Gamer Storm had a vision in mind when creating this cooler as it looks superb. this is how it looks from directly above the cooler when the lights are turned off.
After leaving OverclockersUK online store, DEEPCOOL has been out of the UK cooling market for a little while. This left a hole in most of us that loved the initiative designs and cooling capabilities of their products. Well now that hole can be filled with DEEPCOOL being restocked back in the UK through Amazon, HAZZAHH!
DEEPCOOL, what started off as a company producing high-end cooling solutions for laptops and PCs such as the Assassin series air cooler and Captain series liquid coolers, now produces some amazing products that are designed around keeping the inside of your computer icy cool; cases and power supplies being a few.
Let’s hope more competition in the UK market brings us more radical designs from EU companies.
Deep Cool are one of the fastest growing names in the industry and their latest products are a great example of why. The Fang Trinity chassis was developed in collaboration with CyberPower and it’s not only unique, but also incredibly practical and most interestingly, incredibly heavy. It splits into three separate compartments, one for the motherboard and a 120mm AIO cooler, the top section for a high-end graphics card, hard drives and an 80mm fan, the other for more storage and a full size ATX power supply.
This is easily one of the craziest chassis we’ve ever seen and we’re really looking forward to testing it out later in the year, as it has a lot of interesting cooling potential due to its multi-compartment design.
Deepcool had a lot of great products on show at CES2015, but this one really caught my attention. It’s a mini-ITX form factor chassis with a really unique and somewhat understated design. While this may not appeal to the gaming audience, it’s got similar aesthetics to the Mac Pro units and could prove popular with those who want a stylish desktop workstation system.
It’s got a ventilated top and bottom section, with vertical mounting space for many of the high-end graphics cards on the market and we’ll have one in for review in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more information on this one.
DeepCool announced the Landking mid-tower case, a case that on first look reminded me of one of my old Dell cases. Dell has created some great looking cases through the time (let’s not talk about the internals), but we’re here to take a look at the new DeepCool Landking that can hold anything from mITX to ATX motherboards, and plenty more.
The case has a matte gunmetal grey colouring with a design inspired from the automobile industry. There is plenty of cooling options and the case comes with four pre-installed 120mm fans and fan controller. All drives are mounted tool-less for the extra convenience and it has a hot-swap SATA port at the top.
The Landking has three external 5.25-inch and five internal 3.5/2.5-inch drive bays. Without any part removal, the case allows for graphics cards up to 280mm length and CPU coolers with a height of 165mm.
Support ATX/MicroATX/MINI-ITX motherboards
With one HDD/SSD hot plugging (SATA) port at top panel
With one fan-speed adjusting switch, can control 3 fans at the same time
4 fans pre-installed (one 120mm LED fan and three 120mm black fan)
2x USB 3.0 +2x USB 2.0 Ports
Fashionable appearance originated from car design idea
Tool free installation design for ODD and HDD
8pcs expansion slots support 4 VGA Cards crossfire
With rubber buffer and dust filter for PSU
Wide CPU cut-out for CPU cooler mounting
Bottom loaded PSU for effective cooling and large inner space
Support cable management
Support 120mm Liquid Cooler installation at the rear side only
Thanks to DeepCool for providing us with this information
DeepCool has added two new mid-range semi-modular power supplies to their lineup and both come with an 80Plus Gold rating. The DQ750 EVO has 750 watts and the DQ650 EVO has 650 watts, as the names might suggest and that is the only difference between the two.
The units measure 150 x 160 x 86mm and are cooled by a 140mm silent fan. They have an MTBF rated for 120 thousand hours and come with OVP, SCP, OTP, UVP, OPP protections.
They don’t have a plenty of connectors, but there’s certainly enough for most normal setups: One 20+4 and one 4+4 pin for the motherboard, four 6+2 pin PCIe for dual graphic cards and for the universal powered parts there are eight SATA and four MOLEX connectors.
There wasn’t any mentioning of pricing or availability yet.
Following on the growing success of our Best Looking System Giveaway, we decided to have a little more fun with the concept. We want to see how many of you have shoddy computers; we can’t let all the fancy ones have all the fun now can we!? We’ve joined forces with the awesome people at DeepCool to give away a bundle of prizes to multiple winners! If you want to know more about DeepCool, please head on over to their Facebook page and show them your support for providing us with these epic prizes.
We’re not just going to give the prizes to the worst looking rig, but we’ll certainly be looking for those who could desperately do with the upgrades and will pick the winners accordingly.
DeepCool has listed their new micro-ATX tower chassis with a simple design and a full black painted interior. The new Smarter line of chassis supports micro and mini-ITX motherboards and only measures 420 x 201 x 365 mm and weights just 3.2kg.
It doesn’t mean that a chassis has to lack functionality just because it’s tiny. The Smarter chassis supports graphics cards with a length of up to 320mm and CPU coolers with a height of up to 165mm. There will be two versions available to choose from, but the only difference is that one of them comes with two pre-installed 120mm blue LED fans.
The Smarter chassis has a top-position for the power supply and can hold normal ATX PS2 sized PSUs. It also offers backplate cable management which is really nice to see in a small form-factor chassis and has four expansion card-slots.
With one 5.25-inch and one 3.5-inch external drive bays as well as two internal 3.5-inch and one 2.5-inch bays the chassis has plenty of space for your various components. The front IO panel offers one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0 and Audio jacks on the top of the case for easy access.
There are quite a few choices to make with the fans as the Smarter chassis supports a wide variety of combinations. You can mount either a 120 or 80mm fan on the rear, a 120, 90 or 80mm on the front and the side-panel also takes a 120mm fan.
Thanks to DeepCool for providing us with this information
Following on the growing success of our Best Looking System Giveaway, we decided to have a little more fun with the concept. We want to see how many of you have shoddy computers; we can’t let all the fancy ones have all the fun now can we!?
We’ve joined forces with the awesome people at DeepCool to give away a bundle of prizes to multiple winners! If you want to know more about DeepCool, please head on over to their Facebook page and show them your support for providing us with these epic prizes.
We’re not just going to give the prizes to the worst looking rig, but we’ll certainly be looking for those who could desperately do with the upgrades and will pick the winners accordingly.
DeepCool is a name that is quickly gaining a solid reputation in Western markets and their GamerStorm brand is playing a big part in their success. Their new Captain CPU water coolers have been designed to look like a nuclear reactor, which is pretty awesome. Now they’ve also revealed their powerful 360mm radiator edition which will sit alongside the previously announced 120mm and 240mm editions of the Captain.
The Captain 360 features a 120mm x 360mm radiator, which is 32mm thick and comes bundled with high performance fans that are capable of running between 600 and 2200 RPM with 273 CRM. The Captain series supports all major socket types, including the newer LGA1150, LGA2011V2, AM3+ and FM2 sockets.
No word on pricing just yet, but from what we’ve seen of DeepCool in the past, they’ll be priced very competitively.
Thank you DeepCool for providing us with this information.
Deepcool recently launched their first consumer line of power supply units called the Quanta Series. In this series Deepcool offer a range of wattages that suit mid-range to high-end builds. All the Quanta power supplies boast 80 Plus Gold efficiency, semi-modular cable arrangements, active PFC and large 140mm cooling fans (with some models having LEDs equipped). For their consumer power supply products Deepcool teamed up with cost-effective power supply vendor Channel Well Technology (CWT) who are best known for their work with Corsair on their CX series PSUs. Today we are reviewing Deepcool’s DQ1000 power supply.
Being a new entrant to the power supply market Deepcool have the disadvantage of having to prove their name to consumers who otherwise would not have heard of their products and have no reason to trust them. For Deepcool any mistakes made this early in the game could cost them in the long-term because once you’ve got a reputation for something it’s pretty hard to shake it off. That said Deepcool have already made a decent name for themselves with a selection of cooling products and their novel Steamcastle chassis that seems to have gone down well with consumers.
Packaging and Contents
The packaging Deepcool use is not only simple but also very compact, for a 1000W unit this surprises me a little.
Inside we find some screws, a power cable and a warranty card – very basic indeed.
DeepCool are on a roll recently, they’ve already had great success with their DeadSilence series of products that have brought the company back into the spotlight and now they’re back again with a chassis that comes with a spotlight of its own. The new Pangu SW-RD ATX mid-tower chassis is their latest desktop case and while it’s nothing particularly innovative in itself, it does come with an interesting accessory.
The chassis is well equipped with three 5.25″ drive bays, six 3.5″ / 2.5″ drive trays in 3+3 detachable cages. The chassis supports standard ATX , Micro-ATX and Mini-ITx motherboards, and there are 7 expansion slots. Cooling comes from a 120mm rear, 2 x 120mm front, 120mm bottom and 2 x 120mm fan mounts; the rear 120mm fan comes pre-installed. The front panel features a pair of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, as well as HD audio connections.
There is room for a 165mm tall CPU cooler and graphics cards of up to 310mm with drive bays installed and up to 400mm with the drive bays removed.
The interesting aspect of the Pangu is the lighting system; it comes equipped with multi-colour LED lighting via two RGB strips, a 4-pin molex power adaptor and a remote control. The remote control allows you to pick the colour of your lighting with ease, great for those who love to toy around with their lighting effects on a regular basis.
No details on price or availability just yet, but given their track record I would expect Aerocool to offer great value for money and that it will be available before the end of the year.
Thank you Aerocool for providing us with this information.
Deepcool have been making their presence felt in the PC DIY market increasingly more over the last year. They have made a push towards gaming and enthusiast market segments with new cooling solutions, cases and power supplies. Today we have one of Deepcool’s newest power supplies on the test bench: the Deepcool DQ750. As its name suggests, this is a 750 watt power supply and it is very much targeted at PC enthusiasts with 80 Plus Gold certification, a Blue LED fan and a modular design with flat black ribbon cables. Deepcool have opted for a semi-modular design but unlike some power supply vendors they have also ensured that the hard-wired cables conform to an all-black aesthetic just like the modular cables. Deepcool’s expansion into the power supply market for consumer buyers is certainly an interesting one and given that Deepcool have teamed up with Corsair’s preferred OEM Channel Well Technology we could see Deepcool competing for similar buyers with similar features. Let’s see what the DQ750 has to offer.
Packaging and Contents
Packaging is fairly simple for such a high-end unit; a gold colour scheme is used to reflect the unit’s efficiency certification. I’m not so sure about the “Enjoy Your Cool Life” slogan; it seems it was thrown together in just a few moments.
Included with the DQ750 is a power chord, four black case screws and a warranty card. Note there is no manual provided, in physical form or online at the product page, which is a bit strange. Deepcool also do not provide any cable ties.
DeepCool has just launched their newest liquid CPU cooler under its sub-brand Gamer Storm. The innovative and creative new cooler, the Captain, which is a name that I think is very fitting. This has to be one of the most unusual and beautiful approaches to AIO coolers I’ve seen so far. There will be three models with radiator sizes of 120, 240 and 360 mm.
The CPU block is a patented Separated Section design. It divides the pump and cold plate into two blocks and then connects the two by a transparent tube. This allows for a visible water flow that looks somewhat like a tiny nuclear reactor when coupled with the fin design at the top. The base is made from 100% pure copper and the radiators are precision-machined with high density fins (0.2 mm).
The included fans are 120 mm PWM silent fans that operate between 600 and 2200 RPM. The fans also have a unique detachable fan impeller design; this allows you to take the fan blades off to clean or lubricate them without having to remove the entire frame.
The Deepcool Captain comes with mounting kits for both AMD and Intel, including the new Intel LGA2011-V3 socket; it also looks like a fan hub and metal sticker is included.
All three new coolers use anti-evaporation tubes to minimize the loss of pre-filled coolant from the kit.
The new Deepcool Captain liquid CPU cooler should be available October 2014 with a MSRP of $79.99 for the 120 mm, $109.99 for the 240 mm and $139.99 for the 360 mm version.
Thank you legitreviews for providing us with this information
The DeepCool Steam Castle is finally here! I’ve waited such a long time for this chassis after first seeing it at CES in January, then once again at Computex 2014 and each time I’ve seen this chassis it has been tweaked and fine tuned to become the final retail product that I have here today.
The Steam Castle is certainly unique in terms of design, DeepCool tried to push the limits of normal chassis aesthetics by creating a SteamPunk inspired product for the mATX market and the result is something that is certainly unique, but also runs the risk of being a Marmite product, you’re either going to love it, or you’re going to hate it. It’s not the first product in this size category to try and shake things up, BitFenix played their hand with their Prodigy and subsequent models, Aerocool recently released their Dead Silence Cube, Parvum released their unique water cooling friendly chassis and many others, each trying to offer something a little bit different from the more conventional tower chassis or HTPC style units.
Gamers love these small-but-capable style cube chassis, they can still pack plenty of gaming hardware, but keep a form factor that allows you to pick up the system and easily move it to another location, something that is proving incredibly popular with the LAN gaming crowd. So let’s jump right to it and look at what DeepCool have to offer with the SteamCastle.
The box is fairly straight forward, a quick run down of the major specification on the left, as well as a set of boxes to indicate which colour model you have, we have the black one. In the box I found a small set of screws, cable ties and a user manual.
Deep cool have already hit the market with a great range of power supplies that range from 400w for the lower end of the market, to 750w products that are ideal for multi-graphics card systems, but their fun doesn’t stop there! After a successful start in the power supply market, they’ve decided to up the power and offer something epic for the extreme performance end of the market, enthusiast gamers, overclockers and coin miners with the launch of the Deepcool Quanta DQ1250.
Offering up 1250W of continuous power, the DQ1250 is built with energy efficiency at its core performance, offering up a stunning 80Plus Platinum certification, the worlds strictest energy efficiency classification for powers supplies. This level of efficiency, as well as its might power output of 1250W is achieved through the use of top quality Japanese capacitors. The power supply features two 12V rails delivering 45A and 65A each output at peak consumption. As for regulatory, DQ1250 has CE, FCC, CCC, CB, EAC and TUV. And as for protection, this power supply has over voltage protection (OVP), short circuit protection (SCP) and over power protection (OPP).
A hybrid fan design uses a separate circuit design to keep the fan at zero rpm for silent performance when the peak PSU is under 30% load, or the ambient temperature is below 25 degrees, while fan delay technology will allow the Quanta’s 140mm fan to keep spinning for 15~30 seconds after being your system has been powered off, ensuring all parts cool down completely to help improve the lifespan of the components.
With flat ribbon cable design, it is quite easy to put the wires on the back of motherboard tray to get a great airflow in the case. This power supply is semi-modular design with only the mainboard and two ATX 12V CPU cable (700mm) fixed onto the power supply. All other cables are modular and packed in the box. There are 8 PCI-E (6+2Pin) connectors, 16 SATA connectors, 10 Peripheral (Big 4Pin) connectors and 3 pieces of extensional connectors: 2 for PCI-E and 1 for small 4Pin.
Deepcool have been on a bit of a roll recently, with one great product after another and we’re hoping the same is true of the Quanta DQ1250, and with high efficiency, high quality construction and components, and mighty performance this does look set to be a great option for extreme-systems and coin mining rigs. We don’t have pricing information just yet, but given the specifications we would expect it to be in excess of £200.
Thank you Deepcool for providing us with this information.
Deepcool are one of the biggest cooling companies in the world, and while they may not be the leading name here in the UK or America, they are still the largest cooling company in mainland China. The company has been around now since 1996 and literally started out with the company founder making products in his garage, a far cry from the 700 people the company now employs in its 20,000sqm factory.
“Ever since the stunning victory of Deep Blue, a program running on an IBM supercomputer, over Gary Kasparov, then world chess champion, in 1997, it has been clear that computers would be the most powerful tool of human being. At that time, we started our computer cooling business. We hoped our products could be as great as Deep Blue. With that in mind came the name Deepcool.” – Say Deepcool on their website.
From their inspiration, Deepcool have themselves gone on to help in the development of super computers like IBM’s Deep Blue, having provided the thermal solutions for two of the world’s top 500 super computers, something that has no doubt given them valuable insight in the world of high performance, and of course high-efficiency cooling.
As you can see from the specifications below, the Lucifer packs plenty of promising specs, with an aluminium construction backed up by a full-copper base, a large tower to provide great surface area for extra cooling, a low RPM (yet powerful) 140mm fan, high quality hydro bearings and more. so let’s stop mucking about and get a closer look at the Lucifer, because we really want to see what this thing can do!
The overall packaging is a little bland, but surprising the box for the Lucifer is rather huge, you would think there was a 240mm radiator in this box! We have a quick run down of the main socket support around the back, but no concerns here as all major AMD and Intel sockets are happily supported.
Everything you need is in the box, including a metal back plate and some beautifully chrome finished fittings and brackets, four fan clips (to mount two fans) and some plastic spacers.
Finally we have a basic setup guide, which was unfortunately a pain to follow, but it’s enough to get you though the installation if you know what you’re familiar with CPU coolers in general. There was also a 140mm fan in the box, but we’ll take a look at the on our next page.
DeepCool are a brand gaining quite a lot of traction these days with relatively sleek looking CPU coolers that have premium quality without the premium price. Their latest addition, courtesy of TechPowerUp, is the GamerStorm Lucifer CPU cooler. This CPU cooler isn’t exactly well named for the U.S market but it looks like a beast of a cooler. Measuring in at 140 x 110 x 163 mm, with a further 26mm for the provided fan, this is one heck of a CPU cooler as it weighs in at a huge 1.097 KG.
The base uses six 6mm heat pipes and a nickel plated copper contact plate. The 140mm fan ventilates the huge aluminium heatsink. The fan is capable of 700 to 1400RPM with up to 81.33 CFM at 17.8-31.1 dBA.
Apparently the DeepCool GamerStorm Lucifer is only arriving in the Greater China region for now but we could see it arrive in the USA and Europe soon. No doubt after a name change though, as to not offend Western Christians. In China the name is unlikely to kick up much of a fuss. Pricing is not yet known but given DeepCool’s current portfolio expect it to undercut its competitors.