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Deepcool Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240 Review

Wading into the deep end of the pool

Deepcool has been around for 18 years, but it’s kept out of the closed-loop liquid cooling (CLC) fray until now. Its Gamer Storm series includes several CLCs, and the Maelstrom 240 is the top of the line. It’s a sleek red-and-black affair with ribbed tubing, sleeved cables, and a slowly pulsing logo on the top of the pump. They’ve clearly put some work into visual appeal. But since the CLC market has gotten pretty crowded in the last couple of years, we’ll need to see performance to match.

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Phanteks PH-TC14PE Review

Noctua imitator impresses

YOU'RE FORGIVEN if you’ve never heard of Phanteks. After all, the company only makes one heatsink, though it comes in four colors, and it’s only been out since last fall. The Phanteks PH-TC14PE consists of a nickel-plated copper heatsink and five thick heat pipes, rising through two sets of anodized aluminum cooling fins in orange, blue, red, or plain ol’ aluminum.

Fans of Austrian engineering might notice that the PH-TC14PE looks a lot like Noctua’s NH-D14. They’re almost exactly the same (massive) size and follow the same basic design. The TC14PE’s box even says “Designed in Europe.” But, see, it’s totally different, because the Phanteks cooler has five thick heat pipes and the Noctua has six smaller-diameter pipes. The Phanteks’ colored fin stack is a tiny bit shorter than the tips of the Noctua’s heat pipes and around a tenth of an inch wider. Also like the Noctua, the Phanteks cooler can interfere with the RAM slots on some motherboards. We couldn’t install it at all on a microATX Rampage IV board, and we had to use RAM without towering heat spreaders on our P9X79 Deluxe board in order to install the Phanteks.