Xtreme Gear HP-1216B HDT CPU Cooler


Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

Cyberpower is known for their custom built PC’s, but now their sister company Xtreme Gear is selling components as well as complete custom systems. Today we are taking a look at Xtreme Gear’s HP-1216B CPU cooler. It’s a 5 pipe Heatpipe Direct Touch cooler that will mount up to all of the Intel LGA sockets and the AMD 754/939/940 and the newer AM2 and AM3. The HP-1216B also sports a blue LED 120mm fan to give it a little flare. Let's take a quick look at the specifications for the $29 HP-1216B before we get too far.

Packing

Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

The HP-1216B comes packed in a nice looking box with a window that shows the fins and base of the cooler. The box also has the specifications of the cooler on the side.

Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

Inside the cooler was packed in a clamshell. Our sample looks to have taken a hit in shipping. The packing did its job; the cooler looks to be fine. No bent fins or other visible damage.

A Closer Look at the HP-1216B


Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

Out of the box we can start to get a look at the HP-1216B. The HP-1216B is an HDT or Heatpipe Direct Touch cooler with an upright tower design with simple looks and no fancy coatings. The fin sides are bent down, making the sides of the cooler pretty much solid and forcing the air to move in only one way.

Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

The cooler has a symmetrical shape to it, and there are two different fin profiles to give a little bit of style.

Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

Looking closer at the fins we can see that they are dimpled. These dimples create turbulence between the fins and increase the surface area of the fins themselves.

Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

The fan mounts to the cooler by using rubber mounts. These mounts fit into channels in the fins.

Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

Moving down to the base of the cooler there is a heatsink on the top of the base.

Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

The base comes protected with a plastic and has the top retention bracket already installed. The HP-1216B is a 5 pipe direct touch cooler. It will be interesting to see how the CPU is covered and how much of those 5 pipes is really used.

Installing the HP-1216B


Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

The HP-1216B comes with everything needed to mount the cooler up to your favorite socket from the AMD or Intel. It uses a universal mounting system that allows it to mount up to all of the Intel LGA sockets, the AMD 754/939/940 sockets and the newer AM2 and AM3 sockets. Also included are rubber fan mounts for two 120mm fans, and a rheostat style fan controller.

Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

First step is setting up the backing plate for you socket. For our testing I will be setting it up for the Intel LGA1366. The backing plate has a thin plastic insulator that covers the whole plate. You may have noticed the notches by the socket labels.

Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

They are there to mate mounting screws. This prevents the screws from turning when attaching the HP-1216B to the motherboard.

Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

They are held in place on the backing plate with jam nuts. There are also sticky back fiber washers to insulate the motherboard from the nuts.

Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

With the backing plate on you then put on the springs and thumb nuts. The HP-1216B cleared all the motherboard components and was quite easy to install.

Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

I pulled the cooler off to check some things. One, to see how much of the 5 pipes was on the CPU. The other was to make sure the thermal paste spread ok. The gaps of the HDT coolers suck up a fair amount of paste. From the imprint in the thermal paste you can see that only 3 of the five pipes are on the CPU.

Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

Next, you need to install the fan using the rubber mounts. This was very easy, but I did notice that the hole spacing on the fan is slightly larger than the mounting channels in the cooler. The rubber mounts do a good job of centering the fan on the cooler.

Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

Powered up the LED fan gives of a fair amount of light, but not an obnoxious level.

Legit Reviews Core i7 Test System


 

Legit Reviews Core i7 Test System

 

Here are the parts that make up the Legit Reviews Core i7 test system:

Intel Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Pricing
Processor Intel Core i7 920 Click Here
Motherboard Intel DX58SO Click Here
Memory Kingston DDR3 3GB 1333MHz ValueRAM Click Here
Video Card ATI X1950 XTX Click Here
Hard Drive Western Digital 250gb SATA Click Here
Power Supply PC&C Silencer 750 Quad Click Here
Chassis Ultra M998 Click Here
Operating System Windows Vista Ultimate (64bit) Click Here

To test the coolers I ran them on our Intel Core i7 test platform, which was then set to run at both default and overclocked settings. As a baseline all coolers will be compared to the retail boxed Intel cooler.

The previous coolers tested are:

All of the temperatures were obtained by using Core Temp v0.99.3 after the system sat at idle for 30 minutes and then again under 100% load while running Prime95 (64bit) v25.8 for 30 minutes using the blended test. The room temperature was kept a constant 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22C) for all benchmarking. All of the coolers were tested with Arctic Silver Lumiere as the thermal interface material.

The Results


Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

With the system running at stock settings the HP-1216B cooled our i7-920 to 60.75*C on high, almost 14*C cooler than the stock Intel HSF. On low however, it warmed up a fair amount to 68.25*C. That is still 4.5*C cooler than the stock cooler.

Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

Stepping the heat up a little we have the system overclocked to 3.5GHz. With the HP-1216B on high it cooled our i7-920 to 67.5*C, 16*C cooler than stock and tied at load with the Noctua NH-U12P SE2. The idle temp, however, is almost 6* warmer than the NH-U12P SE2. With the HP-1216B on low it was just like the previous test, just slightly better than the stock Intel cooler by 4.5*C.

Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

With the HP-1216B doing well at 3.5GHz I decided to give it a shot at 3.8GHz. With the system loaded up the HP-1216B was keeping our C0 stepping i7-920 at a toasty 82.75*C. I didn’t think about trying the low speed setting.

Final Thoughts


Xtreme Gear HP-1216B CPU Cooler

The HP-1216B from ExtremeGear is a nice cooler, easy to install. For a $29 cooler this is one of the lowest priced coolers, price-wise, I have reviewed. This would make for a nice upgrade from the stock Intel HSF for those on a budget. Yes, there are better coolers but for $29 the HP-1216B will allow for a budget build that will have breathing room for mild overclocking.

The only thing I found with the HP-1216B was that all 5 heatpipes don't all fully mate up to the CPU. With the way HDT coolers are designed and the size of heat pipe required I don't think it could be made to have all 5 on the CPU. This was even with the huge i7-920; on a smaller chip like the Core i5's the two outer pipes wouldn't even touch like they do on the i7-920.

The HP-1216B is only available through XtremeGear’s website for a price of $29.  



Legit Reviews Value Award

Legit Bottom Line: The HP-1216B from XtremeGear is a nice little cooler. It is well built and would be a good option for a budget upgrade from a stock cooler.