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XtremeGear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

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Posted March 1, 2010 by Jake in Cooling
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Introduction

We’ve seen CPU coolers in with various cooling capabilities, aesthetics, and prices, but one trend we have noticed during our extensive testing is that the Heatpipe Direct Touch (HDT) towers have proven to be very efficient in terms of cooling performance. Regardless of the number of heatpipes or fin density, there tends to be similar performance numbers on the whole. But we have seen considerable differences in terms of price, however, and the extra couple of degrees of cooling efficiency may not be worth a large price tag for many people. Performance is king, but not everyone can afford that. This brings us to today’s review.

The XtremeGear HP-1216B is a tower that features HDT technology and some nice aesthetics, but most significantly it can be found for under $30 USD. That certainly caught our attention here and we jumped at the chance to take a closer look at this cooler. We hadn’t heard much about XtremeGear or their online retail channel, so we were also intrigued; hey, we look for great deals just as much as the next person.

Good looks and a cheap price can only get you so far (keep your minds focused, boys) but then the proof is in the performance. So what does $30 get you these days? How well does the XtremeGear HP-1216B cool a highly overclocked CPU? Let’s find out.

Thanks go to XtremeGear for supplying the review sample.

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