The XtremeGear Xtreme Cooler HP-1216 CPU Cooler
From the bottom up, the HP-1216 uses six 8mm diameter copper heatpipes that make direct contact to the CPU. Those pipes are surrounded in a multi-functional aluminium spacer plate. This plate holds the heatpipes in proper alignment, is drilled and tapped to accept the universal mounting plate and houses a 50 finned pre-cooler. The heatpipes are then elegantly bent into a "v" shaped configuration; then the 46 aluminium fins are pressed into place.
The side of the HP-1216 shows another feature of their build, the closed in sides. XtremeGear has incorporated a bend on the entire side edge of the fins. This allows for the air to be forced all the way through the cooler without loss out the sides and acts as a spacer also stabilizing the outer edges of the fins.
XtremeGear uses a nice scalloped edge on the front and back sides of the fins; not only is this for styling, but allows the needed space for the best efficiency from the fan. The fins of the HP-1216 are stamped with dimples, increasing performance of the fins efficiency to get the heat into the stream of air. The center of each fin is also stamped with the XtremeGear logo.
The universal mounting plate is something worth taking a closer look at. XtremeGear designed and built this cooler with the mount already in mind. You can see that the sides of the base protrude past the bottom edges of the mounting brace. The screw is more to hold the plate in place during transport, as the plate is supported by the lip in the base as tension is applied when mounting the cooler to the motherboard.
The bottom of the HP-1216 is where the magic happens. You can see by the milling marks that the pipes and the base were planed at the same time. While no mirror finish is present, the base is flat against a razors edge and only shows minute amounts of light along the sides of the heatpipes where they meet the aluminium spacers. One last thing to point out at the very top, you can see what I meant about how the base itself is under the mounting plate; no way this thing is coming loose.
The fan that accompanies the HP-1216, as you can see, is a clear seven bladed fan. It doesn't stop there. It also has really bright blue LED's, offers 78.4 CFM at around 2200RPM and all this at 37 dBA max. This fan is powered with a 3-pin motherboard connector, so no PWM features. You need to set the fans speed in the BIOS or software, right? Wrong! - XtremeGear includes a fan controller for customizable setting of the fan.
Turning the fan around doesn't show us much as far as rated information. It does however show what I assume to be a quality check sticker with a date of April of 2009 and possibly by inspector #16 or it was the 16th of April, not too sure.
With a few bits from the hardware box, I was easily able to mount the fan to show just how well this fan covers the fin area. With the unique fan mounting tabs, the fan can only securely seat fully centred.
From the side, even with the fan installed, the HP-1216 still keeps a slim profile. This cooler allows for unimpeded RAM slots by implementing this in the design.
These are the fan mounts that XtremeGear supplies to isolate and space the fan on the HP-1216. They work easiest by sliding them just past half way into the cooler and then pull the ends through to secure the fan to the cooler. The rubber that fits into the groove of the cooler fits snugly, so there were no issues with the fan vibrating down during operation.