A Closer Look
While the unboxing of a new toy is normally a frenzied activity, I found myself spending a few minutes just admiring the dual-tower heatsink of the Assassin after freeing it from its packaging. The diamond-patterned arrangment of 98 fins (49 per side) is very striking, as are the eight copper nickel-plated heatpipes that rise up to meet them. Closed sides keep the airflow focused around the fin and heatpipe arrangment to optimize cooling. Another thing that's bound to catch your eye is the size of the full copper baseplate. Given that most twin tower heatsinks have six heatpipes per side, Deepcool had to stretch things a bit to fit an extra two pipes. The plate measures 45x60mm, which is substantially larger than the 37.5x37.5mm socket size of Intel LGA 1155. One can expect to get some very consistent thermal footprints thanks to the fact that the plate has been machined smooth to a near mirror finish. Seeing as every single dimension of this CPU cooler seems to have been supersized, a name like Barroom Brawler might be more appropriate than Assassin, but you can't help but love the looks. After getting such a great first impression from the aesthetics of the heatsink, I could only hope that Deepcool paid as much attention to the fans that would be feeding it.
The artfully crafted heatsink towers make a very big statement
Much to my delight, the 140mm and 120mm fans supplied with the Assassin are quite the lookers as well. Both come sporting a very unique cyan colorware with the Deepcool face logo stamped squarely in the middle. Rather than supply two standard sized 120mm fans, Deepcool decided to provide a larger primary fan with a housing sized to fit 120mm applications. Things get better once you have a chance to handle the fans yourself. The plastics that make up the nine-blades of each fan have a very distinct weight and feel that is almost ceramic in nature. Being used to the flimsier fans in cheaper CPU coolers, the rigidity of these blades took me by surprise. Equally surprising is Deepcool's patented TPE coating on the outside of the fan casing. It's not uncommon to find some form of rubber padding on one side of a CPU fan, but completely isolating the fan from all sides with the stuff is quite impressive. Extra long cables with rubber sleeving complete the package. Unfortunately, only the primary 140mm fan that mounts in the middle of the heatsink assembly is PWM compatible. The 120mm fan is stuck with a 3-pin connector.
With rubberized housings, very robust blades, and extra-long sleeved cables, these fans have a lot going for them
Deepcool bundles a number of handy accessories with these fans so the buyer can choose just the right cooling to noise ratio for them. First up is a low-noise adaptor cable that fixes the fan input voltage at 7V. Second is a splitter cable that allows both the 4-pin 140mm fan and 3-pin 120mm fan to be PWM controlled through the motherboard. However, only the 4-pin fan's speed signal can be detected in this configuration. If your motherboard has no shortage of fan headers, then don't forget that you can also break out all the stops and mount up to three 120mm fans to the Assassin using the extra pair of fan retention clips.