DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm Maelstrom 120K CPU Cooler Review

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Introduction

DEEPCOOL was established in 1996 with their main headquarters residing in Beijing. At the time DEEPCOOL’s main goal was to provide the best performance and humanized thermal solutions for a worldwide customer base. While they now manufacture a few other PC related items such as power supplies and cases, their main focus still seems to be on providing the best in thermal solutions whether it be for gamers/enthusiasts or the OEM/ODM markets. DEEPCOOL has stayed true to its roots and offers a wide variety of coolers, fans and other accessories.

Today I will be taking a look at one of their latest all-in-one (AIO) liquid CPU coolers, namely the Maelstrom 120K. The Maelstrom 120K is part of DEEPCOOL’s Gamer Storm line which is of course geared towards the gaming community. The Maelstrom 120K features a 120mm radiator and comes with 1 120mm PWM fan out of the box, though there is of course room for another fan. It has a white glowing GS logo with a breathing effect on the main pump so when it is installed in your case you will be able to see it. The only way I can think of to describe the logo is that of a tiki mask, that is what it reminds me of.

Before we get to far into it, let’s have a look at some of the features, followed by an unboxing video and then the specifications:

The unique pump with closed impeller to offer a bigger power, de-vibration & noise lower 
Long lifetime zirconia ceramic bearing to make 120,000 hours running safely 
0.2mm high-density microchannel & copper water block to offer a highly efficient thermal conduct 
The strong FEP tubing owned anti-bending, flat crush resistance to assure the system’s stability 
Φ120 mm × 27mm Aluminum fins array optimized for a lower fan speed and noise, so the standard mounting holes built-in easy to change new 120mm fan 
Unique 20mm thickness PWM fan to save more space and fit in HTPC case 
universal solution, easy to install 
Bionic LED breathing light lightening up while operating

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