Earlier this year we reviewed the DeepCool GamerStorm Lucifer CPU Cooler. We picked up and identified a few niggles and small flaws, particularly the with the bundled fan. The product performed admirably especially for the price point. I also pointed out the brand wasn’t a one I was familiar with. Over the recent months DEEPCOOL have released some new and interesting products to market, branching into AIO water cooling.
The team behind the Lucifer cooler design have taken on-board the feedback and a new revised V2 has been released. The new generation of Lucifer V2 has preserved every key feature from Lucifer of great heat dissipation performance: fanless design, rubber covered PWM fan, 6 high-performance heat pipes, and a mirror finished copper base. However, breakthrough has been created for its special designed PWM fan with Min.300RPM for extreme silence. Lucifer V2 is designed for new generation CPU thermal requirement.
If you’re familiar with the V1 than you may wish to skip straight to the results. Outside and inside the box, visually nothing has changed
Product Description and Specifications
- LGA2011/LGA1366/LGA1156/LGA1155/LGA1150/LGA775 130W
- Core i7/i5/i3
- Core 2 Extreme
- Core 2 Quad
- Core 2 Duo
- Pentium/Pentiume G
- Pentium D/Pentium 4
- Celeron Dual-Core
- Celeron/Celeron D
- FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 125W
- FX X8/X6/X4
- Phenom II X6/X4/X3/X2
- Phenom X4/X3
- Athlon II X4/X3/X2
- Athlon X2
- Athlon /Athlon FX
- Business Class
A Closer Look
The package is themed around the GamerStorm Logo, Black and green are well-known as a colour combo that gamers appreciate. Starting at the front we find the “DEEPCOOL” logo at the top right, the GamerStorm logo in the centre, the overall box is matte black yet the face has glossy finish. The product has the tagline “Devour the heat in silence”
Around the rest of the box, information is kept to a minimum. One side displays the logo, the other a description of the product, the back contains all the info above, for compatibility and details information for size, weight and such. The top section has a carry handle that can be retracted.
we unboxed the product and exposed its contents. Each are neatly separated into their own individual boxes. One for accessories and mounting kit, another for the fan, and the final larger internal box housing the heatsink itself.
A Universal mounting kit is included to handle both Intel and AMD installs. As usual socket 1366/2011 is tackled with additional bolts. Likewise two different mounting arms for AMD and Intel are present. We’ll cover the install process in more detail later.
The improved bundled fan is PWM, meaning it can push up to 81.33cfm while operating between 12.6 and 31.1db, The green blades are not strictly the shade of green that is normally associated with gamers, generally a more vibrant and fluorescent colour is expected. This shade is similar an emerald.
The outer fan has a soft almost rubber feel about it and this should help greatly in dealing with vibration. Despite being a 140mm rounded fan, the mounts are placed at the 120mm point. Meaning this particular fan can be used on a case with 120mm fan support. In the centre of the blades is another GamerStorm logo- Colored in a metallic shiny silver finish.
Around the back yet another GamerStorm logo is found on the centre point . Something that pleases me greatly is the blacked out wires which continues along a 45cm cable, the heat shrink and application is top quality and I appreciate the little touches Deepcool have made here.
Our first look at the product and you’ll immediately notice its unusual and asymmetrical design. While this gives the Lucifer a stand out and interesting look in general, the design is key for mounting and memory clearance also.
From a top down view we note a GamerStorm logo in the centre and 6 heat pipes per side. Looking closer to the top fin section note the diamond pattern, for visual effect only yet the little things help to separate this product from others on a shelf.
From the bottom, the polished mirror base is protected with a strip of tape. It’s not particularly clear from the shot above but the heat pipes are again asymmetrical to aid with compatibility. One side is kept as clear as possible to avoid conflict with RAM.
Skip to 9.25 for Install Guide
The install of the Lucifer isn’t strictly to different t or unusual but I can state that it is fiddly. We demo and install on Socket 1150 but the mount system is essentially the same for all sockets.
Firstly prepare the backplate according to your socket type 775, 1366/2011 or 1156/1155/1150. The included manual is very well documented and clear. With the backplate fitted, we add the mounting arms, spacers and bolts.
The only area that may cause confusion is the retention plate which sits across the heatsink, and bolts to the mounting arms. This has adjustable screws at either side the can slide left and right. You’ll need to set these to suit your needs before bringing the heatsink down.
The real niggle with the Lucifer though, is the final mounting method, as we touched on earlier the overall design of the Lucifer is no coincidence. notice the-the large cut-out indicated below.
This requires a large screwdriver to slide down through the cut allowing you to secure one side of the retention plate. Of course we had plenty of tools to hand but not everyone would. We’ve had hoped V2 would have the screwdriver bundled.
Aside from that, the overall process is straight forward, the clear documentation does indeed help. The included fan clips are fiddly again and have a tendency slip through your fingers, that said once into place they are solid and cause no concerns from coming loose.
Before we move onto the testing of the product, we’ll just touch on clearance overall compatibility. It seems like every product we’ve looked with the exception of one or two, has a problem with DIMM slot clearance. Despite the adjustments Deepcool has made, clearing one side of the cooler. Freeing up space in an attempt to avoid the heat pipes hitting your RAM. It just didn’t work that well…
We had to hand, on the testing day RAM with very small heatsinks. Not the lowest on the market but still we found conflicts, The fix is easy enough of course, we just raised the fan up a few mm’s. The clips sat in place but looked stretched.
Modules with taller heatsinks such as the Kingston HyperX Beast have zero chance of fitting under but fear not…
The Lucifer has an ace up its sleeve, with its two sets of fan mounting holes present, should you have any issues with you RAM simply relocate the fan to the rear and set it to pull air through the heatsink rather than push. While this did work for our two test motherboards, it may not be an option for everyone. Especially if your board has large VRM/mosfet cooling in place, If this is the case you would need to again compromise and try moving the fan up, failing that either use the product in silent mode or look elsewhere…
Test Setup and Method
|Intel Core i5 4670K|
|Cooling:||DEEPCOOL Lucifer V2|
|Memory:||Kingston HyperX Beast 2400Mhz 8GB|
|Motherboard:||MSI Z97 Gaming 7|
|Video Card:||MSI 270X Gaming|
|Hard Drives:||Kingston HyperX 3k 240GB|
|OS:||Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit|
Our procedure is to fit the cooler and allow a 48 hour period before any testing, allowing the thermal paste to settle. The system is booted and allowed to sit idle for 15 minutes. We take our first recording, then use a selection of software forcing the CPU to run at 100% load. We then take our load temperatures.
This is repeated 3 times and the results are converted to average
We provide a delta temperatures these are [Load temperature minus ambient room temperature]. This allows us to provide consistent results no matter the room temperature.
In the stock portion of our test, we recorded the exact the same results as we did with the V1. The new V2 thought was slightly quieter though.
While the DEEPCOOL V1 LUCIFER did come in last place in our charts, I will point out that the others we tested against are premium and performance products. Each with much higher price tags than £29.99. On that basis we were delighted to see a cheaper product do so well. The improved RPM curve on the new fan, pushes the V2 a few degrees ahead. Like the stock testing the noise levels where much more acceptable this time.
Well then it’s time to wrap up deliver our verdict. Let’s start with the positives first, the Lucifer V2 is an improvement . The new fan is quieter than the one included with V1. The reduced noise is most notable when our CPU was overclocked. In the stock portion the differences aren’t really that noticeable but the improvement is there. The actual heatsink is the very same that was shipped with V1 so we ought to echo what we liked last time too, Performance was good then and is now it’s better by a few degrees. The price is still crazy cheap! considering the alternatives on the market are priced much higher. The quality and finish if more than enough for this to be a premium product yet it’s just £29.99!
DEEPCOOL had a chance to improve an already good product but did they do enough? V1 had flaws it was not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. We identified a lot of small problems last time but the product price seemed to balance it out. Apart from the obvious additon of the better and quieter fan, I’m disappointed DEEPCOOL hasn’t tackled any of the areas that caused problems, which we pointed out in the last review.
The fan clips are still very difficult to use and are very annoying. The overall size of the cooler is going to cause compatibility issue with some cases, due to the 163mm height. We really hoped to see a free screwdriver, but it’s still not included, which would aid with the install process. V2 also has extra clips bundled so you can configure a push/pull setup but today we couldn’t find any DEEPCOOL fans in the UK, Across Europe things aren’t much better. It’s a great that the product has the option to be expanded, but becaused of low availbilty we cant benefit from this. We can’t punish the product but DEEPCOOL need to branch out and push more stock to aid with features that their products boast.
So there’s a mixture of good and bad going on here. On one hand DEEPCOOL hasn’t tackled as many of the issues we has hoped for. On the other, the product is now quieter then V1 and this is step in the right direction, the fan noise was the main issue after all. Either way though, the LUCIFER is an exceptionally priced product that is more than capable for the average user. You’re getting a lot of product and features with the LUCIFER. For £29.99 theirs isn’t anything on the market quite like it!
We really appreciate seeing a brand release improved revisions of a product. We do hope in the future DEEPCOOL can go that little bit further. This feels like V1.1 rather than V2, Consumers would have been happy to pay a liitle bit extra if DEEPCCOL had done more. Perhaps a dual fan edition to tackle the shortage of actual stock of DEEPCCOL fans on the market could be an option.
We would like to thank DEEPCOOL for providing the sample and look forward to seeing more in the near future.