In a world where closed-loop liquid cooling systems have become a default choice for enthusiast-class PCs, the evolution of air coolers has inevitably slowed down. Nonetheless, there are manufacturers that keep introducing rather interesting air coolers that can cool down even high-end desktop processors. One of such devices is Deepcool’s Assassin III, which was demonstrated at this year's CES.

The 165-mm tall Deepcool Assassin III is comprised of a massive aluminum radiator equipped with seven heat pipes and two 140-mm fans. According to the comapny, to optimize airflows and maximize performance the cooling system actually features spoilers on its top fins, a rather unusual engineering decision. The Assassin III is rated for up to 280 W of cooling, which is enough for any high-end workstation CPU at stock speeds, and also enough for most overclocked desktop processors.

Besides its cooling performance, Deepcool's other key design choice with the Assassin III is its compatibility with high-end RAM modules. The high profile design of the cooler means that it can stay clear of DIMMs of up to 54 mm in height, up from 45 mm in case of the previous-gen model.

At this point Deepcool hasn't nailed down all of the specifications of the cooler, as won't hit the market until a bit later on. But expect the device to weigh around 1.5 kilograms, while the cooler's acoustics should be favorably limited thanks to the two 140-mm fans. And of course, it will be compatible with all modern CPU platforms from AMD and Intel (though compatibility with TR4 is something that remains to be seen).

Deepcool intends to start selling its Assassin III mega cooler this May at an MSRP of $99.99. Traditionally for Deepcool, the device will be bundled with a screw driver and G-15 thermal compound.

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  • FreckledTrout - Friday, January 18, 2019 - link

    Yeah this is certainly not for you. I have a Noctua NH D15 on top of my Ryzen 1800x. Something like this isn't much of a stretch from what I already run. I would certainly look into something like this if I were doing a new gaming PC build.
  • Mikewind Dale - Friday, January 18, 2019 - link

    "$100 for a processor is still a bit over the top."

    That depends on what kind of work you do. For many people, a $100 processor is severely underpowered and inadequate.
  • PeachNCream - Friday, January 18, 2019 - link

    I don't apply my usage model to other people. The implication in my post is that I am focused on my own usage and I do give my poor CPUs quite a workout. In fact, it wasn't long ago that someone would have said a Sandy Bridge CPU was a very powerful processor suited to a person with a highly demanding workload. It is, after all, a fair bit faster than my old Xeon 3050 though given that I relegated it to something as mundane as gaming under Windows, the even older C2D P8400 in my Linux box probably spends more time pegged at near 100% load. I occasionally feel bad for that little chip, but they're cheap to replace these days so eh, whatever.
  • Samus - Saturday, January 19, 2019 - link

    Considering your 'fastest' CPU is a 6 generation old mobile Core i5 IN A LAPTOP, I don't even know why you are reading, let alone commenting on articles about heatsinks designed for aggressive overclocking.
  • PeachNCream - Saturday, January 19, 2019 - link

    So should people that own older laptops not be allowed to read an article about a piece of desktop hardware and then have an opinion about it? That would eliminate a lot of the site's readers on poorly thought out grounds.
  • Mikewind Dale - Monday, January 21, 2019 - link

    People with laptops should not be telling everyone how they won't use a heatsink designed for a desktop. Obviously they won't.
  • sonny73n - Saturday, January 19, 2019 - link

    Aggressive OCing needs water cooling, not a bulky 1.5Kg hanging off your motherboard. Since some of OCers wanna be aggressive, why not go extreme with liquid hydrogen. Push it to the limit right! LOL.
  • flyingpants265 - Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - link

    Wrong website, man
  • Mikewind Dale - Friday, January 18, 2019 - link

    No CPU "needs" this kind of cooler. This cooler is for people who *want* a quieter computer and/or an overclocked computer.

    E.g., my Ryzen 7 2700X doesn't *need* the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 I have installed on it. But I *want* that jumbo cooler so that I can get the same temperatures as the factory cooler but with reduced fan RPMs and therefore less noise.
  • Byte - Monday, January 21, 2019 - link

    was trying to overclock a 1700, could not get past 3.7 with stock cooler, NEEDed something better to get 3.9, maybe i can get 4.0. So far the Deepcool gammax 400 is doing not bad, can push 3.9. Just bought a kit for my ancient Thermalright IFX14 to see what that bad boy can do. I've had the IFX since Core 2 Quad days, put it on my Ivy Bridge because the Asrock had old 775 mount holes, and i can carry on to Ryzen with the kit, pretty amazing considering i got it used for like $40. So getting a TOP end cooler isn't necessary as expensive as the initial price, it can last well over 10 years, past the life of any processor, as long as nothing fundamentally changes. Waterblock, has failure points that a heatsink does not have. I would totally go for one of these at around $60-$70.

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