Usually my theory has been that most coolers have to give in some fashion to get to the top of our charts, but the Assassin has proven to be the exception to that rule. GamerStorm is able to not only deliver a silent cooling solution that is on the top three, they also handed all of the other air coolers on our charts their bums on a plate.
The third factor that is associated in my formula is the pricing, and even here, while it does require a more premium price point for an air cooler, relative to all other twin-tower designs, the Assassin even falls in line here. All of the tricks of the trade, along with a concept that didn't waver all the way until this cooler was built and released definitely worked out for the advantage of DeepCool and GamerStorm with what is now the best air cooler we have tested on this system. I really can't say enough about the results we found - they really are just fantastic.
That isn't to say that the Assassin gets away from this battle without a mark on it. Quite the opposite really, in my opinion. While it is able to crush the competition, I am really over coolers that take up half of my motherboard. While I could get to the screws to mount the board, and get the 8-pin plug in fairly easily, there are some major things to consider with this design. First of all is the weight, you are mounting near 1400 grams of cooler to the socket. Then there are the dimensions - it will cause issues with the top expansion slot, more specifically; the fan clips will rub the card. Not only that, but as I said, dual sticks of memory will require at least the removal of the fan, if you need to remove four sticks, you are going to need to remove the cooler completely.
I know these points may not affect everyone who will build a computer with this cooler, but it is a high-end product for high-end users, and as a high-end kind of guy, I like access to swap things out for testing various memory. And what if I were to use this for case builds, things would definitely come up with clearance issues in smaller cases, too. It's just all information to ponder when considering this cooling solution over the others on the list.
For what it is, the Assassin is well priced; there is no way to argue that really. Reflecting back to the charts, you can get a $50 cooler that is within a couple of degrees, but this cooler went on to take on a $129.99 AIO and tied it. Basing my pricing on the one listing I was able to find, the near $83 dollar pricing is reasonable for all you get with this design. It may be big, it may look a bit plain, the fans may be green and hard to color match for a themed build, but there is no doubt in my mind, that even while they waited for many other dual-tower coolers to pave the way, the GamerStorm Assassin kicks ass and is taking names at this point.
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