Deepcool has had a very good track record with their air coolers. First there was the original Assassin, they followed that up with the Lucifer, and now we have the Assassin II. It has a lot to live up to and we definitely expected a lot from this cooler. When it comes to performance it definitely delivered! It scored in the top 5 of our CPU cooler test group, which is very impressive. We can totally recommend this cooler for running an Extreme Edition processor or a processor on a 24/7 overclock.
Being such a large cooler the first thing I thought when I took it out of the package was that it was going to be extremely hard to install, but it turned out to be one of the easiest coolers that I have installed recently. You should be able to install this cooler with your motherboard in your case, which is a plus.
Another thing that I liked about this cooler was how quiet the fans were. You couldn’t even hear them during idle operation and during load they were barely audible. This is a huge plus as some coolers we have reviewed have good performance, but it is at the expense of loud fans.
Coming back to the size of the cooler you are more than likely going to run into clearance issues with memory that has large heatspreaders. In our test bed the front fan went across all four of our DIMM slots.
One thing that I have to mention about this cooler is how it came. The actual base of the cooler was not protected at all. This ended up causing the base to get scratched and could cause issues with good contact with your CPU. On top of that the actual Cooler seemed to be bent a little bit. We are not sure if this is a customs issue as Deepcool’s Captain 240 AiO also appeared to be opened before we actually received it.
Right now it is very hard to find the Assassin II for sale, one online retailer is selling the cooler for $109.99. At that price you have the choice of quite a few different AiO coolers and air coolers that have performed better than this cooler. I think even if this was the best performing air cooler we tested the price is a little high. We have heard the MSRP for the cooler is $89.99, but we were unable to find it for sale at that price.
Overall ThinkComputers gives the Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler an 8 out of 10 score.
– Great performance
– Easy to install
– Quiet fans
– 4 port fan hub included
– The condition we received the cooler in is a concern
– Will cover memory slots
– Hard to find and is expensive at the price we found it at