Now that we have taken a look at the Deepcool Gamer Storm Assassin CPU Cooler, here’s our perspective. From a design stand point we feel that Deepcool did a great job in making this cooler unique. It really stands out from the rest. This is the first of its design that we have seen and really makes it one of a kind. The color scheme of the cooler may not be everybody’s taste, however we found it to be very attractive. The hardware of the cooler is some of the best we have used which made it simple to understand and assemble. There is no guess work to be done as Deepcool did a great job labeling everything. Another item we have to commend Deepcool on is including the additional hardware to add additional fans.
Something that must be noted, as we see often do with most larger CPU coolers like this, is that the cooler blocks some of the RAM DIMM. If you are using large coolers like the Deepcool Assassin you have to take into consideration all of the hardware you plan on using. As we also mentioned earlier, this cooler is also quite tall, so you will want to make sure your chassis will fit larger coolers like this one. Although most modern computer chassis are large enough we must mention this.
In the performance arena of the Assassin, we feel this cooler did a great job keeping our i5 3570k and AMD FX 8120 cool. With the new Intel architecture for Ivy-Bridge we have seen many reports of high idle and load temps. However with the Deepcool Gamer Storm Assassin it performed quite well even with our overclock settings on higher then normal voltages. For our AMD platform we were quite surprised at its performance, as we have not seen may air coolers able to stay under 52c under OC settings. The Assassin performed very closely to our custom waco set-up. This is fantastic considering the cost of water cooled set-up compared to air cooled.
So to sum it up, the DeepCool Gamer Storm Assassin gets our Editors Choice award. From the design and performance Deepcool developed a unique and high quality cooler. You can find this cooler on DeepCool’s website. http://www.deepcool-us.com/Product/ASSASSIN/Design/
This cooler can be found for an MSRP of $82.00 US, and we feel at this price you get great performance per value.