DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer and Gabriel CPU Cooler Review

Usman Pirzada
Posted Oct 4, 2014
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Introduction

Every DIY builder worth his salt knows that getting the right CPU cooler is essential, since Intel’s stock HSF and Heatsink are usually passable at best. However, high end coolers usually don’t justify their price for builders who are not doing extensive over clocking so this specific end user ends up buying a mid range cooler. Now I am sure these coolers do the job just fine, but there is one company out there that gives you incredible performance for the price of entry lever coolers. I am talking of course about DeepCool’s Gamer Storm series. In this review we will be taking a look at the low profile Gabriel cooler and the high profile tower-type cooler, DeepCool Lucifer.

Trends in Desktop PC Cooling Market

Aside from the decline in desktops, several manufacturer’s who were once renowned for their high-end air coolers have left the market and now investing in all-in-one closed loop liquid coolers. The closed loop liquid coolers while somewhat expensive due offer more cooling and run silently without taking as much space as a high-end and bulky air cooler. Several manufacturer’s are using this design including OEMs and GPU makers including AMD who recently left the traditional air cooling shroud on their Volcanic Islands GPUs in favor of a closed loop AIO solution which was featured on their flagship Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card which currently holds the throne of the world’s fastest graphics card. This shows that the hybrid air/liquid cooling design is a better investment then air cooling which aren’t offering much in terms of innovation and keeping the same bulky design scheme generation over generation.

While we have the DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer and Gabriel in our hands for a while, it should be known that DeepCool is following the industry trends with new AIO liquid cooling and closed loop solutions such as their new Maelstorm and Captain series which we will be getting our hands on relatively soon.

DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer

Lets start with Lucifer first. The name itself is pretty spot on, because the cooler at first glance looks like an extremely sturdy and capable piece of equipment. The box features the half-logo of the Gamer Storm brand and the packaging itself is quite nicely done. The back side reveals technical details about the cooler and there is even a convenient plastic handle on the top to ‘top things off’ (pardon the pun). It supports LGA775, LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA2011 and AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2 sockets. The Lucifer rocks six heat pipes and even a mirror finished copper base, so you are definitely getting the most bang for you buck. Oh and did I mention DeepCool also gives you a complimentary serving of thermal compound?DeepCool Lucifier Official

DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer Specifications

Specifications
MANUFACTURER: Deepcool
MODEL: Gamer Storm Lucifer
SOCKET SUPPORT: Intel: LGA775, LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA2011
AMD: AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2
HEATSINK: Material: Aluminum (Fins)
Copper (Heatpipes & Base)
Dimensions: 140 x 136 x 168 mm
Heatpipes: 6 mm – 6pcs
Weight: 1079 g
FANS: Model: UF 140
Dimensions: 140 mm x 150 mm x 26 mm
Fan Speed: 700±200-1400±10%RPM
Fan Airflow: 81.33 CFM
Fan Noise: 17.8-31.1 dBA
FEATURES: Option for Passive cooling
Silent 140mm PWM fan
Six high-performance heatpipes
Mirror finished copper base
WARRANTY: One year
MSRP: $49.99

DeepCool Gamer Storm Gabriel

On the other hand, we have the DeepCool Gamer Storm Gabriel cooler which is a relatively niche product. It is a low profile cooler, which means it is essentially designed for HTPC builds or Micro/Mini-ATX ones. The box emphasizes the nature of the cooler and I had trouble believing the amount of stuff they have packed into the tiny rectangular packaging.  Now usually, low profile coolers arent very good, but the Gabriel, just like its sibling doesn’t fail to impress. Measuring in at just 60mm of total height the Gabriel Gamer Storm cooler houses a total of 4 heat pipes and nickel plated base plate with aluminum fins. A 120mm PWM fan is included that is capable of driving air flow up to 61.93 CFM at a max of 1800 RPM. As with the Lucifer variant, the package includes a thermal compound for replacing the horrible stock stuff they use. It supports LGA1150/1155/1156 and AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2.DeepCool Gabriel Official

DeepCool Gamer Storm Gabriel Specifications

Specifications
MANUFACTURER: Deepcool
MODEL: Gamer Storm Gabriel
SOCKET SUPPORT: Intel:LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156
AMD: AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2
HEATSINK: Material: Aluminum (Fins)
Copper (Heatpipes & Base)
Dimensions: 120X118X40mm
Heatpipes: 6 mm – 4pcs
Weight: 426 g
FANS: Model: UF 120
Dimensions: 120X120X20mm
Fan Speed: 900±150-1800±10%RPM
Fan Airflow: 61.93CFM
Fan Noise: 18.2~32.4dB(A)
FEATURES: Option for Passive cooling
Silent 120mm PWM fan
Four high-performance heatpipes
Mirror finished copper base
WARRANTY: One year
MSRP: $39.99

DeepCool Lucifer and Gabriel – Unboxing

The DeepCool Game Storm series Lucifer and Gabriel come in their own separate packages. The Lucifer comes in a very large box which is unusual for an air cooler. The tower box for the Lucifer is even larger than the NH-D15 and PH-TC14PE packaging. While large, the box is pretty simple with a large Gamer Storm logo on the top, front, back sides, a Lucifer “CPU Cooler” label, a label that reads “Devour The Heat in Silence” and specifications on the back side of the box. The Lucifer is a 300W cooling solution and is quite heavy due to which the box has a easy carry handle on the top.

The DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer on the other hand comes in one of the smallest packages I have ever seen. It feels like a box for a 120mm fan at first but its more wider. The packaging for Gabriel also has the logos on the front and back along with specifications listed on the back-end. A large label on the front reads “For Best Mini-ITX cooling”. Like mentioned earlier, the DeepCool Gabriel is built for Mini-ITX PCs and will deliver better performance compared to the stock heatsink solutions from AMD and Intel without spending a lot of money while saving space.

Below, you can see the DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer and Gabriel packed in their respective plastic wraps. Both coolers comes with their own cooling fans and accessories which we will detail in the “Closer Look” section below. Just a quick go through of what’s included in the accessories package can be also be found below:

DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer Accessories:

  • 4x Wire fan clips
  • 4x Nuts
  • 4x Screw bolts
  • 4x Screws for LGA2011
  • 4x Black plastic spacers
  • 4x De-vibration buckles
  • 2x AMD mounting brackets
  • 2x Intel mounting brackets
  • 1x Backplate
  • 1x Retention plate
  • 1x LGA775 spacer
  • 1x 140 x 140 x 25 mm fan
  • 1x Heatsink
  • 1x User’s manual
  • 1x Tube of thermal comp

DeepCool Game Storm Gabriel Accessories:

  • 2x Wire fan clips
  • 4x Nuts
  • 4x Screw bolts
  • 4x Black plastic spacers
  • 2x AMD mounting brackets
  • 2x Intel mounting brackets
  • 1x 120 x 120 x 20 mm fan
  • 1x Heatsink
  • 1x User’s manual
  • 1x Tube of thermal comp

DeepCool Lucifer and Gabriel – Closer Look

DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer:

First of all, we will detail the flagship Gamer Storm offering which is the Lucifer with a 300W heat dissipating power. The Lucifer is a giant tower type heatsink which makes use of a diverse fin stack design. In total, there are 36 nickel plated aluminum fins which are stacked together and bent in the center to allow massive airflow towards the center bulk of the heatsink. It’s easy to say that heatsink like Lucifer, NH-D15, PH-TC14PE can also be used as passive solutions depending on the work load its being tasked against. Without any fans, these heat sinks can make use of the chassis airflow to keep noise down in environments where lower noise output is a necessity.

DeepCool Lucifer_Heatsink 4

The heatsink is made of an nickel plated aluminum metal which acts as a good conductor of heat, dissipating it through the entire coverage of the heatsink. The fins are stacked nicely with the bent design we are looking at some of the modern air cooling heatsinks. The heatsink weighs at a total of 936g and add a few more with the fan installed.

DeepCool Lucifer_Heatsink 3

Lucifer makes use of six 6mm heatpipes which run through the dense aluminum fin array, dissipating large amounts of heat from the base plate to the very top of the tower cooler. You can see the triangle design and Gamer Storm logo etched at the very center of the heatsink. The same design has been used at the bottom of the heatsink.

DeepCool Lucifer_Heatsink 1

The heart of the heatsink is its base plate which makes contact with the processor and through which heat is dissipated to the entire area of the heatsink. DeepCool has gone with a copper based base which comes with the mirror finish which looks great.

DeepCool Lucifer_Base

You can also note the heatpipe configuration in which DeepCool has two heatpipes going towards the front while the rest of the four heatsinks go through the inwards side of the heatsink. This balances the transfer load between the fins and the front heatpipes make it effective for the fans to divert airflow to.

DeepCool Lucifer_Base Closeup

The packaging comes with DeepCool’s UF140 fan which is a PWM controlled fan with operating speeds of 700-1400 RPM. The fan uses De-vibration covers to mount the fans and the fans use a special design to push more air towards the heatsink. The fan color looks good but might be off for users with different preferences. Lucifer can accommodate a total of two fans on both sides offering more airflow and cooling performance.

DeepCool Lucifer_FanDeepCool Lucifer_Fan Back

Following, you can see the fan installed on the cooler (the fan is supposed to be installed the other way and the photo was taken in a hurry. The fan may become a slight bit of an issue with memory that use taller heatsinks. Like previously mentioned, some will like and some may not like the Aqua green color on the Lucifer’s heatsink and may prefer a different color scheme fan.

DeepCool Lucifer_Heatsink cooler

DeepCool Gamer Storm Gabriel:
DeepCool Gabriel_Heatsink badge 3

The DeepCool Gamer Storm Gabriel is what it is, a small, compact and sturdy cooler built for Mini-ITX usage. However, Mini-ITX isn’t the only use of this small cooler as it can be a decent replacement for a stock Intel or AMD based heatsink fan which can be bought at a cheap price. Starting with the design, the Gabriel is 120mm in length and 118mm in width. Its a top down heatsink solution and has a height of just 40mm compared to the towering Lucifer which is 168mm. The heatsink weighs at just 284 grams.

DeepCool Gabriel_Heatsink 3

Gabriel makes use of a total of 47 nickel plated aluminum fins but only 32 of those fins are packed in a dense array while the remaining 15 are lightly packed since the cooler has to make room for memory too. This is a neat trick adopted by DeepCool so that it can accommodate low-profile memory using smaller heatsinks with ease.

DeepCool Gabriel_Heatsink 2

The heatsink uses four 6mm nickel plated copper heatpopes which pass through the 47 aluminum fins. The heatpipes run from the base plate through which they are bent with a 90 degree angle to make way to the aluminum fins. DeepCool has a Gamer Storm logo etched to the back side of Gabriel’s body.

DeepCool Gabriel_Back

Gabriel also makes use of a nickel plated copper base and although it looks flat, it doesn’t makes use of the mirror finish as featured on its bigger brother. The mirror finish doesn’t improve cooling performance by any bit but it does add to the looks of the heatsink although the base is going to be covered when installed and you’ll hardly get to see it unless you have it hung up on the wall as a trophy.

DeepCool Gabriel_Base

DeepCool’s Gabriel is shipped with just one 120mm fan which makes use of their hydro-bearing design. The PWM design has a configurable RPM that ranges up to 1800 RPM. Air is pushed through 11 blades which are said to produce a total airflow of 61.93 CFM and produces just 32.4 dB of noise at full operation.

DeepCool Gabriel_Fan DeepCool Gabriel_Fan back

The installation procedure is simple enough and if you have been installing heatsinks before, then you won’t even need to rely on the manual guide. Just put the retention bracket for your socket, screw the heatsink to that and you are done. As simple as that, the fan has to be installed later since it can be a little harder when installing the heatsink screws from the other side.

DeepCool Gabriel_Installation DeepCool Gabriel_Installation 3

Test Setup

Processor
  •  Intel Core i7-4770K
Motherboard:
  • Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC w/ Core i7-4770K
Power Supply: Xigmatek NRP-MC1002 1000 Watt
Hard Disk: Kingston HyperX 3K 90 GB (OS)
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200.12
Memory: 4 x 4 GB Kingston HyperX 2400 MHz
10th Anniversary Edition Memory Kit
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
Video Cards: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 ACX
Cooling Solutions:
  • Noctua NH-D15
  • Noctua NH-D14
  • Noctua NH-U14S
  • Noctua NH-U12S
  • Phantek PH-TC14PE Triple Fan
  • DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer
  • DeepCool Gamer Storm Gabriel
  • Corsair H80i
  • Corsair H60
OS: Windows 8 Ultimate 64-bit

Overclocking With Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force

We pushed our Core i7-4770K a little over 100 MHz then our previous highest clock obtained on the Z87 MPower Max which did 4.7 GHz. With the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force, we were able to push the Core i7-4770K to 4.8 GHz which is a great clock speed for the flagship Haswell chip.

We pushed the multiplier to x48 with a BCLK of 100 MHz at 1.38V max voltage and achieved an overclocked of 4.8 GHz which is pretty good for a Haswell chip considering how they overclocked. We also enabled XMP 1.3 profile for our memory clocking it to 2400 MHz at 1.65V on all four DDR3 modules. You can find the CPU-z screenshot below:

*(The overclock was stressed for 1 hour which is enough to tell whether it was stable or not for testing).

DeepCool Lucifer and Gabriel – Cooling Performance

For performance testing, we booted up our PC in stock and overclocked configurations and ran the PC in 100% to evaluate the maximum temperatures obtained in idle and load scenarios. (Note: The first two tests are based entirely on stock CPU configuration which is 3.5 GHz / 3.9 GHz for the Core i7-4770K while the last configuration featured an overclocked 4.8 GHz Core i7-4770K processor).

DeepCool Stock “Idle” Performance:DeepCool Gamer Storm Idle Temperatures

DeepCool  Stock “Load” Performance:DeepCool Gamer Storm Load Temperatures

DeepCool  OC “Load” Performance:DeepCool Gamer Storm Load OC Temperatures

Being around $40-$50 US cheaper than the Noctua NH-D15, you can note that the DeepCool Lucifer is neck to neck with the fastest air cooler in the market. The dual-fan configuration is a 2-3C difference but depends on the fan speed and airflow available. The Gabriel on the other hand is a cheaper solution for smaller and M-ITX builders which offers better thermals over the regular Intel and AMD heatsink offerings.

Conclusion

As you can see the DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer cooler is simply remarkable in the Performance/Price department. An absolutely exceptional piece of hardware if I may say so. The DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer cooler can handle not only intensive overclocking but the more than capable 140mm PWM fan that comes with it makes for a silent but efficient airflow. The Lucifer retails for the very reasonable price tag of $50.

As for the Gabriel, we had great expectations from the it and the benchmarks are a testimony to that statement. Naturally you cannot expect a low profile cooler to be able to sustain sky high clocks but this particular DeepCool Gamer Storm didn’t fare too bad at all. If you are going for a tiny build or an HTPC this would be an ideal cooler to replace the stock HSF and heatsink. The very fact that this is an after market solution from a fast growing company will make loads of difference. Even if you are aiming for 24/7 stability at utterly stock clocks, the Gamer Storm Gabriel can do no wrong. Plus, the price tag doesn’t hurt the wallet, clocking in at a mere $40.

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