DEEPCOOL Showed Us the Genome, Up Close and Personal
I’ve never been to CES. I haven’t even been to any sort of trade show in my life unless you can count going to a typical county fair, but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t count. To say that this was an experience doesn’t even begin to cover how much fun I had at this year’s expo, and to try and write one article so sum everything I saw isn’t even going to be possible. I saw some incredible components that are about to hit the market and the first batch of releases we’ll cover are from DEEPCOOL.
The most impressive debut was the Genome case. The AIO market has gotten pretty saturated by copies at this point. When it comes to the system of mounting a pump on a block, then attaching that to a radiator, there’s only so much you can do to differentiate yourself. AIO makers are having to get more creative while still being able to provide a practical product and that’s exactly what I think DEEPCOOL did with the Genome. The liquid cooling system is completely pre-installed into the case to give the user a complete cooling setup, very similar to a custom loop. For those who’ve been afraid of diving into custom cooling for fear of ruining an expensive system, or even those who can’t afford a $300+ cooling kit, the Genome seems like a perfect fit.
The standout feature of the Genome is obviously the double-helix reservoir in the front. That style looked absolutely amazing and I couldn’t help but stare at it as I was waiting for others to finish their tours. Just having a reservoir on an AIO is a pretty neat standout feature, let alone one that looks as awesome as the one in the Genome. There was also a nice breathing LED effect to help highlight it even further. On top of the double helix res is the awesome Captain pump. I’m still hard pressed to find a cooler looking pump head, and with the addition of some new colors, the nuclear reactor feel is in full force. Finally, I thought the addition of a 360mm radiator was a great idea. This will probably add cooling that will be pretty close to custom loops, at about half the cost when you consider a case is part of the mix. The case is a solid mid tower offering from DEEPCOOL. It has a nice cut out to help ensure long graphics card compatibility, great looking cable management, and the airflow of the case actually seems good with the decision to avoid 5.25″ drive bays. Personally, I’m glad we’re seeing the move away from large optical drives and fan controllers.
The Genome wasn’t the only impressive thing DEEPCOOL showed off, however. The next thing might just blow your mind, especially if they can manage to get it safely into production. They had a liquid cooled PSU on display. Sure, this could be considered entirely overkill. I mean, many high-end PSUs run almost silently with just a single fan, but the liquid cooling could mean a couple things. First, it could add up to less wattage running more components. We all know heat is the enemy of electronics and as the heat raises, efficiency drops. Once the voltage becomes unstable, you begin experiencing problems. A 650 watt PSU may keep up with peak draws better if the heat is being held at bay. It’s doubtful that liquid cooling will help shrink down large 1600 watt PSUs, but we can’t ignore the aesthetic factor. This cover and coolant on the DEEPCOOL PSU looks great and it’s just the sort of thing a builder likes to show off.
Finally, the last thing I wanted to showcase was the new budget oriented Dukase mid tower. This guy is aimed at a low to mid range price while still offering some good features. I felt like it was a great case for the price. First off, I find myself appreciating white the more I see it in builds. It’s very crisp and certainly stands out from so much black and red in the computer industry. But it didn’t stop there for me. The Dukase had some very excellent features that I felt would serve a buyer well. The panels had a black, almost sandy look to them that was very sharp. Fingerprints wouldn’t stand a chance but it also offered a unique aesthetic that I immediately was hooked on. Next, the top panel had an excellent clip design for easy removal and I saw some nice cutouts for cable management. There wasn’t any rubber protectors in the cable slots, but the metal had such smooth rounded edges that cables were in no danger of being damaged. The PSU cover was very nice and I liked the fact that DEEPCOOL indented the upper drive bays to allow ample room for extra cables. Finally, I really loved that they didn’t overdo the HDD and SSD bays. The Dukase leaves the space by the graphics card open, with the option to show off a couple SSDs or hide your HDDs by the front of the PSU cover. For your average computer builder, there isn’t need for more bays than that which leaves more room for the important components of the build.
I could go on talking about the Tristellar mods or the white Captain coolers on display, but a picture is worth a thousand words. Check out the galleries below for the rest of the shots we took and I hope you enjoy them. DEEPCOOL was my first stop and even after the entire show was over, I can happily say that they really set the tone for the weekend. I had a great time, I love the products they showcased, and I think DEEPCOOL is offering gamers some great choices for their computer hardware. Keep an eye out on the site this week because there are more CES 2016 updates coming soon!