I have to say right off the bat that I believe GAMER STORM has done an excellent job with this cooler. For starters, the aesthetic appeal I’ve seen online totally lived up to the reputation in person. This is easily my favorite design, possibly ever. In fact, I’d love to see some custom loop CPU blocks use this design somehow for the heck of it. The only metric I couldn’t totally gauge from websites was the performance. Sure, I can read reviews, but nothing satisfies my curiosity like being able to test a unit myself. On that front, the Captain met and even slightly exceeded my expectations. The thermals are where they need to be and the noise levels were slightly less than I expected, with the pump being very quiet.
The other huge win for this unit is the mounting system. This is easily one of the best, but what really impresses me is that GAMER STORM maintained the commitment to aesthetic appeal here as well. At this point, the only thing I would remotely complain about is the lack of RGB lighting. This is more wishful thinking than a legitimate complaint, but I hope to see the Captain Series upgraded with some RGB LED lighting on both the pump and the fans. I’m in no hurry though.
Taking a glance online and seeing the pricing is good news too. The 240EX may not be the cheapest CLC in the group, but it’s certainly competitive. You can score the Captain for $90 on Newegg with an additional $10 off by rebate. That’s not a bad price for this unit. Considering the aesthetic design, I’d have to say this would be my go-to unit if I was looking for a CLC. If I was searching for better performance, I’d be looking at the open-loop AIOs that use stronger pumps and better rads, but these units are in a class of their own, costing more as well. The GAMER STORM Captain 240EX is thoroughly impressive, both visually and practically, so we happily award it the Pureoverclock Editor’s Choice Award!