Date: November 26th, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Evercool
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The plastic clamshell box keeps this little cooler safe and sound, but it's what's inside that counts.
Opening the box is not as difficult as I feared and the HPK lifts right out of the packaging ready to be installed. The installation guide is printed on the packing cardboard and the mounting hardware consists of chrome screws, brass bolts (referred to as “blots” in the instructions) some thermal paste and some rubber insulating washers. This mounting solution requires access to the backside of the motherboard and a Philips screwdriver for cooler installation.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
As you can see, the HPK isn't much bigger than the OEM Intel unit. In fact it's just a bit shorter. The four copper 6mm heatpipes and aluminum fins depend on the 110mm fan, turning at around 1800 RPM, to cool the processor. At this speed, the HPK should be a bit quieter than the OEM cooler. The wavy, sawtooth design of the fins is supposed to enhance airflow across the fins, enhancing cooling performance. We'll see.
This cooler uses a Heatpipe Direct Touch design to facilitate cooling, and the mounting solution for the supported sockets come pre-installed. Spring clips secure the fan to the cooler and the fantail terminates in a 3-pin connector. The base is dead flat in both directions and the finish looks very good, though it lacks the mirror finish seen on many coolers. The brackets are sturdy and should be up to the task of keeping the HPK firmly in contact with the processor.