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Cooler Master HAC-V81 "XDream" HSF Review - Conclusion

It seems that every time you turn around, someone has another HSF to offer. To be honest, it is getting harder to tell which are good and which are not. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at the Cooler Master HAC-V81 HSF, or XDream for short. Our friends in Hong Kong have thrown together another in a long line of sinks, but this one costs a lot less than some others available. Could this low cost cooler be right for your rig? Lets find out!

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 14, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%      Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Conclusion

 

After all tests were complete, I can say that I was fairly impressed with this heatsink. When I saw the aluminum body, I was not expecting this level of cooling from the XDream cooler. It was a pleasant surprise to be wrong in this instance.

 

Another little piece of information that may make this an even sweeter proposition is the price tag. I found one listed at NewEgg for a paltry US$15! That's right, we're talking cooling potential that in the same ballpark as the mighty Swiftech MCX462+ at a third the price. This makes things look even more interesting, don't you think?

 

But of course the sink isn't without faults. The clipping mechanism was a big disappointment since it is highly possible that you'll break it in the future. And a fully copper sink would have been nice as well, but the results are still not too shabby.

 

Bottom line...If you happen to be in the market for a heatsink that gives very workable cooling, adjustable fan speeds that are externally controlled AND happen to be looking for this item for a small amount of cash, then look no further than the Cooler Master HAC-V81 HSF. You certainly won't be disappointed with the temperatures you get, but you might want to save a few dollars for replacement clipping mechanisms.

 

- Pros

 

Excellent cooling prowess

 

Very smooth base

 

Adjustable fan speeds

 

- Cons

 

Clip metal is very flimsy

 

Aluminum housing

 

Rating - 9/10

 

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