Further expanding its ever-growing list of CPU coolers, Deepcool has announced its new Castle 280EX AIO CPU cooler, a closed loop liquid cooler with a 280 mm radiator. Slotting in between the pre-existing Castle 240EX and 360EX, the 280EX is designed to improve options for users looking for an RGB-infused cooler with a grey cylindrical CPU block.

The Deepcool Castle EX series is designed with a 3-phase motor intended to improve flow rate and overall cooling performance, but with less operating noise. The latest in the Castle EX range is the 280EX, which uses a 280 mm radiator that's paired with a black sprayed aluminium core, and comes supplied with a pair of 140 mm 400-1600 rpm cooling fans. The new cooler supports all the usual socket types, including Intel's LGA20XX, LGA 1200 and LGA 115x sockets, as well as AMD's TRX40/TR4 and AM4 sockets.

One of the Deepcool Castle 280EX's main design traits comes via the CPU block and pump, with a swappable logo plate which allows users to choose between Deepcool's Gamerstorm emblem or a ying-yang symbol. Integrated into the rather bulky looking pump and block is some addressable RGB LED lighting which can be customized through a 3-pin ARGB motherboard header, or with an included RGB controller in the accessories bundle.

The cooling plate is made from copper for effective heat dissipation, and Deepcool has opted for a larger design with 25% more skived fins, although Deepcool doesn't state which model it is using as a comparison. The larger plate allows better support for the sizable AMD TR4 socket, which has a much larger IHS than smaller processors such as the AMD's Ryzen 3000 series.

The Deepcool Castle 280EX has an MSRP of $150 and is currently available to buy at Amazon. For reference, the larger Castle 360EX is presently available for $158, while the smallest of the now completed trio, the 240EX with 240 mm radiator can be purchased for $130.

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  • p1esk - Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - link

    Is this the best cooler for 3970X? Last time I checked was ~3 months ago, and there was practically nothing on the market. Reply
  • Eliadbu - Thursday, July 16, 2020 - link

    don't bother just by looking on the cold plate you can see it is not optimized to TR mammoth sized IHS and how TR dies are distributed on the package. having an option to mount a cooler on a CPU doesn't make a good solution for every specific CPU it "supports". If you want to watercool I can only recommend so far a custom solution which can give you a lot of flexibility in terms of which parts you use and the capacity of your cooling solution. but I get it if you don't want to go this route. Reply
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  • davidbrad2 - Friday, September 11, 2020 - link

    Its just amazing!! DeepCool has released the Castle 280EX AIO liquid cooler that offers a larger size when compared to the standard 240mm version of this AIO liquid cooler. The Castle 280EX AIO liquid cooler also utilizes DeepCool's Anti-leak Technology, which helps not only regulate pressure buildup but also significantly improve operational safety and prevent leakage. Regards: https://customwriterspro.com/ Reply

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