GamerStorm Assassin CPU Cooler
Looking at the Assassin dead in the face, you can almost see the pyramid design of the fins, but more importantly, from this angle is the way that those eight, Nickel plated, heat pipes come out of the base, and are evenly spaced in the tower to get airflow across every one of them.
From the side, it looks like many other twin-tower cooling solutions out there, but here they took the time to close off the sides of every fin. This has two benefits - one is that the cooler is structurally stronger this way, and the second is that there is no air escaping through them.
Since the back looks exactly like the front, and this cooler is designed to be universal in that matter, I thought I should get to a better perspective to show the way the edge of the fins were designed. This is something that Scythe is well known for using, and it has always worked for them.
While each tower has six grooves that run down the sides of the cooler, only the wider grooves are important for usages. These wider grooves are what will accept the wire fan clips for this cooler.
Looking at the top of the Assassin, you can see the wide gap design of the leading and trailing edges of this cooler, and you can also see the shark teeth design in the middle. Outside of the fact that there are eight pipe tips sticking out of both sides, there are also inverted logos applied to each tower so that the cooler can go on both ways and still show the logo correctly.
The top of the base is extruded with fins in place to help dissipate some heat immediately, but the main purpose of this design is to allow the wide channel in the middle to accept the cross bar that mounts the cooler to the rest of the hardware.
I can see no evidence of actual solder on the pipes around these fins, but even if they are just pressed onto the pipes, the way the fins wrap the pipes is a very snug fitting with nothing as far as gaps to mention.
At the other end of the pipes, where they leave the base of this cooler, there are definitive remains of the soldering process used to mount them inside of the base. This is also a great way to transfer the heat from the base into the pipes.
The mating surface of the base is polished to a mirror shine, and with a razor set against it, the only gaps or deflections were near the edges. Where this cooler makes contact with the CPU, that area is deal level.
I jumped ahead and found the fans and clips and assembled it all so that you have a better perspective on just how big this cooler really is when it is read to sit over the top of you CPU, and it is highly likely to cover the memory as well.
I also took a shot of the Assassin from this angle so that you can see the green blades of the fans. You may also notice the rubberized coating that has been applied to eliminate the need for PTFE strips, like what is shipped on other twin-tower designs.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [GamerStorm Assassin CPU Cooler]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Test System and Thermal Results]
- Page 8 [Noise Level Results]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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