Deepcool Gamer Storm Gabriel CPU Cooler Review

Having a small form factor system presents several advantages compared to a standard tower system. One of which is of course the fact that it takes up less space and is much more discrete. There are some requirements to consider however whenever planning to build a system that is smaller than standard.

Thankfully manufacturers have been receptive to the idea of mini-ITX and micro-ATX builds, especially for HTPCs so these days you have a lot more to choose from and there is more flexibility on how an HTPC system must be built. Some factors remain important however, such as silence and small size since most HTPCs are placed in living room or media centers.


Deepcool has several HTPC and SFF offerings but their new Gamer Storm brand so far only has two large tower style heatsinks, until the announced arrival of the Gabriel CPU cooler.

Unlike the Gamer Storm Assassin and Lucifer coolers, the Gamer Storm Gabriel is designed specifically for small form-factor builds due to its low profile 60mm height. To fit silent HTPC requirements, the Gamer Storm Gabriel is also paired with a unique 120mm PWM fan that is 5mm thinner than a standard fan. Four copper heatpipes extending to a 120x118mm aluminum fin array provides thermal coverage even for the annoyingly hot-running i7-4770K Haswell processor.

Overall Dimension (Without Fan) 120X118X40mm
Overall Dimension (With Fan) 120X120X60mm
Net Weight 426g
Heatpipe 4X6mm Heatpipe
Fin Material Aluminum
Base Material Copper
Fan Dimension 120X120X20mm
Fan Speed 900±150-1800±10%RPM
Rated Current 0.21±10%A(MAX)
Power Input 2.52W
Max. Air Flow 61.93CFM
Noise 18.2~32.4dB(A)
Rated Voltage 12VDC
Operating Voltage 10.8~13.2VDC
Starting Voltage 7VDC
Bearing Type Hydro Bearing
Intel Compatibility: LGA1156/LGA1155/LGA1150 95WCore i7/i5/i3
Pentium G
AMD Compatibility: FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2/940/939/754 100WFX X8/X6/X4
Phenom II X4/X3/X2
Phenom X4/X3
Athlon II X4/X3/X2
Athlon X2
Athlon /Athlon FX
Business Class Sempron