Deepcool Killer Whale Premium CPU Cooler ReviewFri, Feb 11, 2011 - 12:00 AM
External Impressions of the Killer Whale Premium
The Killer Whale Premium is an all copper C-shape top-down cooler. On top is a 120mm x 48mm fan that operates with an RPM range of 800 to 1800 RPM, 19.1 to 31.8dBA, and push up to 78.31CFM.
Looking from the side we can see the Killer Whale Premium has 55 fins on six 6mm heatpipes.
The fan attaches to the cooling fins with clips to grooves in the fins.
The fan is easily removed, and has a nice clear smoke finish to it. The top edges of the X brace are lit up by a blue LED when the system is powered up. The power cable for the fan is also nicely sleeved.
What I like about the fan setup is that it has a user replaceable 120mm fan. The stock fan attaches to the mount with rubber mounts. This is a standard 120mm mounting pattern, so if the end user wants a lower profile fan or swap for a quieter fan they can.
Looking from the end we can see the fin profile. With the fin shape there should be no issues with RAM clearance on Intel platforms; AMD may have issues with tall RAM depending on the RAM slots’ relationship to the socket.
On the top of the base is a small channel with tabs. This is where the top strap for the mounting system will sit; more on this later.
The base of the Killer Whale Premium has a very nice finish and is flat.
One of the coolers that I will be comparing to today is the Noctua NH-C14. Even with the NH-C14 being larger and having two 140mm fans it weighs 225g less than the Killer Whale Premium. It will be interesting to see how each of these coolers compare to one another.