During our first impressions of the cooler out of the box, we have to say that while we enjoyed the final fit and finish of the cooler, this thing is massive in size. However, if you are ok with a behemoth sized cooler, we can say that Deepcool did really well with the attention to detail put into the Assassin II CPU Cooler. The heatsink design is unique, the final finish with nickel plating to the entire cooler was a nice touch. Other then the heatsink impressing us, what impressed us even more were the fans included with the Assassin II CPU Cooler. The fans included not only offer great aesthetic appeal, but overall, the final fit and finish of the cooler were top notch and we would give it a 9.5/10 stars.
In terms of performance, the Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler performed at the top of the list during our stock freq. testing. This is great if you don’t plan on doing any overclocking. However, once we pushed our 4770K a little bit to 4.4GHz, we did see that the cooler had a little harder time in keeping up. That’s not to say that the cooler did bad; in fact, the Assassin II Cooler performed quite well. It even kept up with some of our more expensive All in One water cooling units. This is great news for those looking for a good cooler without dipping your feet into water cooling. What impressed us the most is that if you looked at the noise level testing, this cooler was near silent even when fully loaded at its top speed. If you are willing to sacrifice a few degrees to gain a near silent operation… this is where the Deepcool Assassin II Cooler takes the crown.
Now that we have mentioned the goods, there is no single product out there that gets a perfect star rating. The Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler just won a place in our test system, but it does have some minor nit picks that will come along. The first is the size of the cooler. While it’s not necessarily a negative, you won’t be able to use memory with tall heat spreaders. This is a pretty common complaint with large coolers so it’s nothing we take away from the Assassin II Cooler. Also, it looks like Deepcool has some QA to do during package and shipping of its merchandise because of some bent fins. It was no real big concern, and nothing we couldn’t bend back into place ourselves. Still, if you plan on paying $80 for a CPU cooler, you expect a bit more attention during QA.
As we wrap this review up, we attempted to find this cooler on e-tailers and local shops; however, it looks like this cooler is a little hard to obtain here in the states at the moment. Newegg.com has a listing of the Deepcool Assassin II Cooler, but it has no image and also shows that it’s out of stock.
The Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler is priced at $79.99 on Newegg.com. While this is on the high side, it is priced to compete with similar large Air Coolers like the Noctua D15 and others in the same class so its not outrageous. Overall, with the performance and quality of the Deepcool Assassin II CPU cooler, we honor it our Editors Choice Award!