In the end I am left with a "kick ass" cooler that isn't going to be available retail for the masses to enjoy, yet! - However, for those who are looking into a CyberPower PC purchase, they are in luck. XtremeGear unleashed a stylish tower cooler with many included features that allow this cooler to play ball with the other choices already in CyberPowers lineup. The noise level to me is acceptable; once the case door is on I don't hear much more than a slight hum. I would much rather have a cooler temperature in lieu of less noise and higher temperatures.
Pricing of the HP-1216 is projected to have a MSRP of $29 when it's released to CyberPower on July 1st. For that price it makes the XtremeGear five heatpipe entry, the HP-1216, the best bang for the buck air cooling offering that CyberPower will offer in their builds. It really is a shame that theHP-1216 won't be ready to ship to places like Newegg for some time. I was however lead to believe it is in the plans to put the HP-1216 on the retail scene. I hope it comes sooner than later as XtremeGear has quite a product to offer.
During my time with the HP-1216, which includes testing and a bit of use on my gaming rig, I have to say it has been a pleasure all the way around. As with every review I am always on the lookout for the obvious things that go wrong during build, testing, or the install. I was only able to find one with the HP-1216 and it was more of a board specific issue. The top mounting plate actually ran into my PWM cooler on my DFI P35 DK and wouldn't allow the cooler to properly seat on my board. With a quick trip to the basement to grab my Dremel tool, I removed a bit of the bracket that was causing the issue and it fits snug as a bug now. With that minor inconvenience being my only complaint, it leaves me only hoping for you and pleading with XtremeGear to get these coolers out on the market and allow everyone a crack at their coolers.
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