From the moment we got the Deepcool Captain 240 EX out of the box, it’s been a process of taking the good with the bad. We’ve had great looks and nice braiding on most of the components but poor braiding on the fan hub, as well as the regrettable decision to use a plastic backplate which may or may not have been a factor of the installation issues I had.
The new fans are what the EX is all about and running near silent while being pushed to max RPM is a nice thing, even if a lot of the noise reduction is done through speed reduction. I would have liked to see these running just a little faster to get some better performance compared to the competition but when it came to overclocking at least the EX proved to be an improvement on the previous design.
Deepcool’s Captain 240 EX looks awesome in black with subtle red accents, and if you get a chance to see the white one it looks even better. It’s not just looks, but it is better than the previous non-EX version when you consider looks, cooling performance and noise, but there are just some areas that I think could have been improved further to make a truly outstanding product.
Thanks to Deepcool for sending their Gamer Storm Captain 240 EX in for review, it walks away with our Design Award as well as our Silver Award today.
- Gorgeous looks for both the black and white versions
- Reasonable cooling performance that it a step up from the previous generation
- Fair pricing in both UK and US
- Good quality braiding on hoses, fan and pump cables
- Near silent running while at max RPM for pump and fans
- Installation process is a challenge to perfect
- Some poor choices in design such as the fan hub braiding and plastic backplate