Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The chart that GamerStorm provides dives right in with the measurements of the cooler with and without the fans installed. Since it is highly unlikely that users of this cooler are going to do it passively, the 144mm wide, the 154mm deep, and the height of 160mm is what most will be dealing with. Most staggering about the Assassin is that with the fans and the cooler, you are hanging 1378 grams on the socket. They then jump over to the heat pipes, where this cooler has eight 6mm diameter copper pipes that run through both towers. Each tower consists of 49 aluminum fins that remove the heat from the pipes. To start off the heat transfer, the copper base plate that has the pipes soldered into it takes the brunt of the load.
There are two fans that come in the box to supply airflow into these towers. One of which is a 140mm offering that will spin between 700 and 1400 RPM delivering up to 80.28 CFM of flow. This fan does ship on a Hydro bearing, but there is no mention of the amount of static pressure either fan will produce. The second fan is a 120mm offering that tops out at 1200 RPM, while delivering only 53.35 CFM. The way this cooler is designed to work is that you would use the lower rated and smaller fan on the front of the cooler to get things started as far as air flow is concerned. Then the stronger and larger 140mm fan is placed in the middle and helps to draw more of the flow from the front fan, while having enough power to also cool the second tower more efficiently, since is it dealing with mostly pre-heated air flow going into it.
They also go to great lengths to use quite a few of the tricks that have been successful for many other manufacturers over the years. First off they went ahead and closed off the sides of the fins on each tower. This alone is a huge help to keep the fans from wasting their airflow, as it just escaped through the sides of coolers, without this being done. They also use a saw toothed pattern between the two towers to allow the middle fan room to accept some cooler air, as well as creating spaces for turbulence and static pressure to build. They also incorporated the pyramid shape to the front and back of this tower. This allows the front fan, or even a potential third fan to have better chances of better utilizing less air flow to cool the tower since the large pockets will allow the fans air flow to get some steam, before it reaches the leading edge of the fins. Remember, it isn't all about blowing masses of air over a surface to cool it, you also need turbulence and breathing room for the fans to be at their most efficient levels to help tame today's processors.
Availability inside of the US is nil for this cooler currently, but it should make it to our side of the pond any time now. I am also finding it very difficult to even locate any information on pricing. I looked at Hong Kong based sites, I looked at US based news and information, and everyone is glossing over the cost of this cooler. On top of that I even sent an email asking about this to my representative, and the letter must have gotten lost in the mail, as I was not given a reply to either the date of when we can expect this cooler to hit the shelves or the MSRP for it.
I will say this though, even at near $100 to obtain this cooler, you will see soon enough that this cooler can contend at that price point. I did, however, see that there is a listing on Amazon for a Logisys branded Assassin that is listing currently at $82.95.