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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  • PeachNCream - Friday, January 18, 2019 - link

    Heh, $100 USD for a 1.5kg cooler. I'll stick to OEM-boxed CPUs that don't need that sort of absurdity. The CPU and freebie cooler combined would cost less than this dumb thing.
  • DigitalFreak - Friday, January 18, 2019 - link

    Uhh... yeah. I don't think this product is meant for people like you.
  • sonny73n - Saturday, January 19, 2019 - link

    This product is not meant for me either and I’m an overclocker. For $100 I can get a decent closed loop water cool AIO.

    By the way, I was just looking at some water cooling AIO on Newegg. I saw an EVGA for $8.44. What!!!
  • ibnmadhi - Saturday, January 19, 2019 - link

    An AIO, especially a <$100 AIO, is really not going to perform better than this or other top-end air coolers. For less than $150 you can put together your own loop and get cooling performance far superior to either option.
  • Diji1 - Monday, January 21, 2019 - link

    Not going to perform better and it will be noisier.
  • close - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - link

    Yes, this cooler is fro 2 types of users:
    - Extreme OC *with aircooling*
    - ePeen contests

    It's sort of like the most souped up 1.5l engine you can find. That's great if you're competing exclusively in the "1.5l or under" category. For a little more money (and if you are willing to invest $100 in the cooler you may be willing to pay slightly more) you can get proper liquid cooling.

    If aircooling is your target then I guess this may be the best of the best. This being said I'm pretty sure many consumers are the kind who buy it for street cred.
  • Sivar - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - link

    Liquid cooling typically does not outperform high-end air cooling.
    A bespoke liquid cooling system certainly can, but not at this price point.
  • Qasar - Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - link

    a friend at work.. has the same i7 5930k as i have.. has an AIO water cooler.. and i showed him screenshots of my comps temp via core temp.. and they were the same or better then his... both idle and under load... he will be getting the NH-D15 very soon as well...
  • megadirk - Friday, January 18, 2019 - link

    @PeachNCream Wait what? You are just trolling yes?
  • PeachNCream - Friday, January 18, 2019 - link

    Exaggerating as $100 for a processor is still a bit over the top. My fastest CPU is a 35W Core i5-2520M in a laptop I got for free (Dell Latitude e6320) which I currently use just for Windows gaming. I would not throw more than about $200 at a complete computer these days if I were buying a replacement and it would probably not be a desktop.

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