Deepcool Captain 240 EX All-In-One CPU Cooler

Deepcool states its mission is to provide "the best and personalized thermal solutions." Its Captain EX series of AIO CPU coolers has what it calls a "Steam Punk" look with visible liquid flow, but what we are most concerned with is just how well it cools our overclocked and over-volted Ryzen 7 processor. And it has "anti-explosion" rubber material.

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Deepcool Double Take

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Package & Specs

Deepcool Captain 240 EX White RGB

The packaging for the Deepcool Captain 240 EX White RGB is quite striking, combining a matte black with multicolored pattern on the long sides of the box, with an impressive iridescent silver on the short sides. The printing is extremely well done as well, with a large image of the pump head on the front of the box in glossy printing. The bottom of the box has the contents printed, one short side has no information other than the name of the cooler and a small image, with the opposite short side giving the name of the cooler again, as well as some marketing. The rear of the box is where you will find the specifications, socket compatibility, dimensions, as well as some marketing information. One thing that stands out nicely is everywhere "Captain 240 EX White" as well as the "Gamerstorm" logo is printed is done in a shiny, almost mirror silver.

Opening the box you are first greeted with a piece of foam covering the pressed fiberboard insert that holds all the included components very well, all of which are in individual bags. Our test unit arrived in perfect condition, with no damage to the box or any of the components.

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Deepcool Captain 240 EX White

In all honesty the packaging for the Captain 240 EX White is a bit bland in comparison to its RGB counterpart. The entire box is matte printed, with the front in black with blue trim and featuring a matte printed image of the pump head and some marketing info. The top and bottom of the box are done in a matte gray with the bottom only having the cooler name, barcode, and manufacturing information, the top has some marketing information as well as the specifications. One short side is done in black and contains only the name and image of the cooler, the opposite is done in blue and has only the name, and a QR code that can be scanned for more information. Finally the back of the box gives socket compatibility, as well as a diagram of the radiator and pump head. The fancy shiny silver printing is present as well, however this time only on the word "Captain" and the "Gamerstorm" logo.

Opening the box we see a near identical setup from the Captain 240 EX White RGB, being first greeted with a foam insert covering all the components in individual bags, nestled into a pressed fiberboard insert. Once again our unit arrived in perfect condition with no damage.

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Specifications are identical between the two coolers.

Dimensions: (L)274mm x(W)120mm x(H)27mm(without fan)

Material: Aluminum radiator and copper baseplate

Recommended TDP: Unlisted

Compatibility:

Intel

  • LGA 2066
  • LGA 2011(v3)
  • LGA 115X
  • LGA 1366
  • AMD

  • AM4
  • AM3(+)
  • AM2(+)
  • FM2(+)
  • FM1
  • Fan:

  • Size: 120mm x 25mm
  • Speed:1800 RPM (Max)
  • Air Flow: 153.04 CFM
  • Static Pressure: 3.1mm-H2O [LI]Noise: 31.3 dBA (claimed)
  • Contents

    The contents of both the RGB and non RGB variants of the Captain 240 EX White are nearly identical. You get the cooler itself, all the hardware required for mounting to the supported sockets, a pair of unique 120mm fans that Deepcool call "Ultra silent, double-bladed fans," and something you rarely see anymore, a very nice metal case badge of the "Gamerstorm" logo. Another interesting touch is in place of the usual 4-pin PWM fan splitter, a 4-port, 4-pin PWM fan hub is included with an adhesive back, and a 4-pin PWM extension wire.

    In the case of the Captain 240 EX White RGB, you also get a small RGB controller, an RGB splitter, and a 12" RGB strip that has an adhesive back, and is also marginally magnetic.

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    Fit and Finish

    The fit and finish on both variants of the Captain 240 EX White is quite nice, but not without some flaws. Starting with the pump heads the finish is very nice, and the printing of the "Gamerstorm" logo is well done. The "visual external-circulation system," AKA: glass tube, is the most notable feature, and likely the main selling point for the Captain line of coolers. The smoked glass coupled with the "reactor" like plastic surround is very unique. Deepcool refers to this design as "Steam Punk." The radiator itself is where some finish issues come to light. You can see where the paint is quite thin underneath the lips of the radiator where the mounting holes are, but this is a minor complaint as this is an area that will likely never be seen. That said the more visible paint finish on the sides of the radiator is quite well done, and smooth on both of our examples. However the lack of any branding, the exposed rivets, and the shape of the end tanks detract from the overall appearance of the radiator. The tubing is nicely sleeved, with a very silky feeling material, and the 3-pin connector for the pump is sleeved as well, however on the RGB version the RGB wire coming from the pump head is not.

    The finish on the baseplate of both units is very nicely done, both coming with thermal interface material pre-applied. The un-plated copper on both while not quite mirror finish, is extremely smooth and free of any machining marks that can easily be felt with a fingernail. On the RGB unit the baseplate was nearly completely flat on both axis, with only slight low spots being shown. On the non-RGB cooler, it was more of the same, this time however with slightly more variances visible. Without disassembling the pump head, we can’t be sure if this is from machining, or if the base plate is quite thin and that is causing a "wave" of sorts to appear.

    Installation hardware is a mixed bag as well. The mounting screws are nice, with a glossy black finish on the fan hardware, and a chrome or nickle plating on the pump mounting hardware. It is worth noting that only enough fan screws are provided for the included 2 fans, those wanting to run push/pull will have to source more screws. The machined brackets for mounting the pump head are very nicely done, and provide a great look once installed, however the included backplate which is used for all installations, is plastic. The included fan hub and 4-pin extension wire are sleeved, albeit the fan hub does use a different sleeving than the rest of the components, however on the RGB cooler, the RGB splitter, and the wire on the included 12" RGB LED strip are not sleeved.

    Moving on to the fans, the TF120 fans are honestly quite impressive to see and hold. These have great weight and extremely stiff frames with a nicely integrated vibration damping pad. The blades use Deepcool’s patented 2-layer blade design, which it claims "deliver a powerful air pressure," and are quite stiff as well. The TF120 fans also have a series of grooves on the back of the frame that Deepcool call the "Scientific air channel design," which is supposed to reduce noise cause by turbulence. The fans use a Semi-hermetic Fluid Dynamic Bearing, which gives them a 100,000 hour MTBF. One very nice feature of the TF120 fans is the ability to easily remove the blades for cleaning, or for customizing by swapping these for different colored blades. Deepcool’s webpage on the TF120 fan also states that they are dustproof, waterproof, and oil-leakage proof. Impressive fans to say the least.

    Captain 240 EX White RGB

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    Captain 240 EX White

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    Installation & Contact

    The installation procedure is identical for both the variants of Captain 240 EX coolers we are testing, aside from the wiring of the RGB lighting on the RGB model.

    Installation on our AM4 system was fairly easy, and quite straightforward. We first mounted the fans to the radiator using the supplied hardware. The mounting holes for the fans decently threaded, however there was some paint buildup in the threads, using a screwdriver with a larger diameter handle would be recommended.

    The Captain 240 EX White (RGB and non) both use their own backplate for installation on our AM4 system. We can say from experience that if your stock AM4 backplate is still adhered to your motherboard, the first source of terror is removing it, after removing the stock AM4 mounting ears. After that the included hex headed studs are pushed through the appropriate holes in the included plastic backplate, aligning the heads so that they seat flush against the lips of the backplate. After aligning these studs with the holes in the motherboard, threaded standoffs are screwed down flush to the motherboard to hold the backplate in place. From there the appropriate machined bar is used, with the appropriate holes for your socket are slid over the studs and down flush to the standoffs, to which threaded thumb-nuts are screwed down to hold the bar in place. The pump head has permanently affixed metal eats with screws and springs located in slots. After applying our Prolimatech PK-3 thermal interface material to the heat spreader of our CPU it is a matter of placing the pump head on the CPU and screwing the attached screws into the machined bar, alternating pressure from one side to the other until tight.

    The radiator is then mounted to the top of the case, again using the included hardware. Once again a thick handled screwdriver is recommended, as there is paint buildup in the threads. Our Corsair 750D Airflow Edition case has rubber grommets for radiator mounting, and the heads of the included screws from deepcool, are a little small, so over-tightening can cause them to pull through the grommets. Once again, we are left wishing that washers or larger headed screws were included for mounting the radiator to the case.

    Wiring either one of the Captain 240 EX coolers is very simple. The pump connects to the motherboard’s CPU_FAN header using the attached 3-pin wire. The included fan hub is connected to our motherboard’s CPU_OPT header, and then the 4-pin PWM wires from the fans connect to the hub, making sure at least one fan is in the white connector, closest to the wire on the fan hub to report the RPM. While the included 4-port fan hub is nice, those with smaller cases may need to be careful, as it does require at least 3/4" of space around it, fortunately our Corsair 750D Airflow Edition has ample room behind the motherboard tray, but even then it was quite a tight fit.

    For the Captain EX 240 White RGB, we have the addition of, you guessed it, RGB lighting. Wiring this is quite simple as well. The included RGB controller has a SATA connector on one end, and two 4-pin female RGB connections on the other. Simply connect the controller to a SATA power connector, then one end to the RGB wire on the pump head, and the other RGB connector to the included 12" RGB strip. It may be difficult to get the RGB strip wherever you want it if you have a large case while still hiding the wires, however the included RGB splitter cable will give you an additional 14", except you won’t be able to use it, it is designed to be used to connect the pump head and RGB LED strip to a motherboard RGB header, and as such as it is female on all 3 ends, and no RGB splice connectors were included.

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    Mate Comments

    Captain 240 EX White RGB

    Both mates from the Captain 240 EX White RGB were near perfect. On our second mate you can see a difference in the spread of the Prolimatech PK-3, as even more mounting pressure was used for this installation.

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    Captain 240 EX White

    As you can see the mate on the standard Captain 240 EX White is nearly identical to the mate we achieved with a higher mounting pressure on the RGB version of the cooler, with an even, thin spread throughout.

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