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Almost a year ago at the CeBIT 2011 show that took place in the month of March, the users for the first time saw Alpenfoehn K2 and Deepcool Assassin coolers. In fact, it is the same exact model, differing only by the packaging design and fans. And finally we got our hands on one of these extremely interesting products – Deepcool Assassin.

Deepcool Industries Co., Ltd. Company currently offers a variety of processor coolers of different sizes, form-factors and prices. However, so far they haven’t been able to roll out a true super-cooler. We hope that the arrival of Assassin from the High-End “Gamer Storm” series will allow Deep Cool to join the most renowned cooler manufacturers. Let’s find out.

Packaging and Accessories

Deepcool Assassin ships in a pretty large cardboard box with a plastic carry-handle. The black color in the box design is dominating:

The sides of the packaging contain a brief description of the cooler, while the back panel of the box lists detailed technical specifications of each cooler component:

There are four smaller boxes inside the primary packaging. The one in the middle holds the heatsink with a box containing a 120 mm fan inserted in-between the heatsink arrays. There are two more boxes at the top and at the bottom with accessories and a 140 mm fan. So, the most important part of this cooler – the heatsink – is very well protected on all sides, so you shouldn’t be concerned with possible transportation mishaps.

All retention kits and other accessories are sealed in individual plastic bags, which should help a lot during the cooler assembly and installation:

However, we didn’t like the quality of the plastic bags at all. In fact, they are disposable: they tear easily and all the contents spills out. I wonder if they could have used resealable plastic bags instead? Besides, we couldn’t figure out what thermal paste was included with the cooler. Unfortunately, there was no mention of the original manufacturer of the technical specifications anywhere.

Deepcool Assassin is made in China. Its recommended retail price is set at $85 (€70 in EU). The cooler comes with a 2-year warranty.

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