Specifications & Package
The Buffalo features Heatpipe Direct Touch (HDT) technology, which seems to be a big buzzword these days for heatsinks. While the Buffalo is a top-down style design and not a more commone tower style, the HDT differs from "traditional" heatpipes in that these heatpipes directly touch the CPU instead of a plate. This should theoretically allow greater, more efficient heat transfer since the heatpipes do not have to be attached to a heat plate which can act as a barrier. This certainly is an innovative idea and seems a natural evolution of heatpipe technology, and we’ll see how it performs very soon.
The specifications for the Buffalo D984 are as follows:
- Product: HPFI7-10025
- Compatibility: AMD 754/939/940/AM2 (Model HPFA-10025); Intel 775/1366
- Heatpipes: 2 Copper heat pipes, 6mm diamater
- Material: Aluminum alloy fins, copper heatpipes
- Dimensions: 100 x 72 x 143mm
- Fan Size: 100mm x 100mm x 25mm
- Fan Speed: 1800 RPM
- Air Pressure: 0.09 (Inch H2O)
- Noise Level: 23 dBA
- Fan Colour: Red
- Weight: 500g (w/fan)
There is adequate information on the box to let you know the basics about the product. When you open the box you will see that the cooler packed in a clear plastic casing to prevent the cooler from damage during transit.
The accessories are almost non-existent, including only thermal paste. This certainly reduces costs, keeping the Buffalo at an insanely low price of $17 USD. It’s rather refreshing to see a company that’s not afraid to just give you the naked product and let it speak for itself.
The Buffalo is indeed compatible with Core i7 Socket 1366 by means of a backplate, so we’ll be testing that platform today.
The photos below show the packaging. Front and back view look almost identical except for the side information. Look closely now to spot the difference.
Let’s take a closer look at the heatsink itself.