Deepcool Assassin II Reviewred454 -
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Deepcool Assassin II Introduction:
Deepcool has provided desktop and server coolers for ODM (Original Design Manufacturer) partners since 1996. Since then, the company has expanded to offer a variety of CPU, notebook, hard drive, and server coolers. There are also individual fans, power supplies, and even a new line of Tristellar computer cases. With the focus on customer service and satisfaction, Deepcool is certainly a leader in the cooling market.
Gamer Storm happens to be a division of Deepcool, with the purpose of handling the gaming end of the business. Gamer Storm covers a range of high performance fans and CPU coolers targeted at gamers looking for that extra kick. There is even an unusually shaped case called the Tristellar that is a definite departure from the standard tower style cases. Previously, I reviewed the Lucifer (air) cooler and the Maelstrom (liquid) cooler, and both performed well. Today we have the Assassin II. While I have not tested the previous Assassin (which is now discontinued), I will put the Assassin II through the standard OCC thermal testing to see how well it can handle the heat.
Deepcool Assassin II Closer Look:
The box is all black with the ominous Gamer Storm logo shadowed to the side. The text is simple and accented in green. On the rear of the box is the socket coverage for AMD and Intel, along with a list of the general specifications. I really like the integrated top handle. The box is a little banged up, so hopefully everything inside is fine.
The side panels are again very simple. One side is just the Gamer Storm logo and the Assassin II text in reflective green, while the other side has a list of the features with the same green logo and Assassin II text.
When you open the box, the first thing you see is the hardware box on top. Just below the hardware box is a thick, heavy-formed foam pad on top of the cooler, which keeps the cooler secured and well protected. After you remove the foam pad, the red and black fans stand out. Inside the hardware box are the instruction manual and several plastic bags that contain all the installation hardware. Looks like the internal packaging did its job - nothing was damaged.
The main hardware box contains all the mounting hardware you need for the installation — including the base plate and base mounts for Intel and AMD installations, mounting screws, and thermal paste. There is also a nice remote fan hub for up to four fans. You won't see any extra fan clips since both fans come attached to the cooler.
The instruction set is printed on the front and back of a single sheet and is quite thorough. The illustrations are highly detailed with nice graphics and are clear and easy to follow.