Xtreme Gear HP-1216B Review
Reviewed by: ajmatson
Reviewed on: February 28, 2010
With the speed and temperatures that our computers are producing these days it is smart to research the best cooling devices to keep your hardware at optimal temperatures. Add the overclocking into the mix and you definitely need a well performing cooling solution. With the expense of water cooling and the maintenance issues not everyone wants to go that route and prefer to stick with a solid air cooler. There are many designs out there but what do you choose? What will work best for you? Today we are going to take a look at an air cooler that was provided to us by CyberPower PC that takes different technologies and puts them into a design that is made for extreme air cooling. This cooler is the Xtreme Gear HP-1216B and the features it packs into this cooler makes it a top contender among the air cooling market. Xtreme Gear has put out a cooler to the market that takes these proven technologies and combines them into a single product aimed at keeping your computer running cool and efficient during those critical times.
The HP-1216B from Xtreme Gear is packaged in a black packaging with a diamond shaped cut out on the front giving you access to see the cooler first hand. There are some of the features included on the cooler such as the HDT or Heatpipe Direct Touch feature which we will take a better look at later in the review. On the back side of the packaging are the installation diagrams and a list of the included parts for the cooler. On the left and right sides there is a breakdown of the features in several languages and a list of the specifications for the HP-1216B cooler.
Opening the packaging there is another small box and the cooler itself inside. The cooler was well packaged so that there is no damage to it during transport or storage. In the inner box there is the back plate for the cooler, the AMD retention arms, a fan speed controller, and the mounting hardware for the cooler.
Now that the cooler is out we can get a better look at the design that makes it special.
The design of the cooler starts off with the fins that are shaped to allow the air to cover more surface area thus being able to whish away more of the dissipating heat. In the fins there are dimples that disrupt the smooth flow allowing the air to pick up the heat instead of just passing over it. This creates a wavy effect allowing more air to capture the heat dissipating by slowing down the speed of the air flow. There are five heat pipes that start at the base of the cooler and run through the fins to the top. They are shaped in a "V" pattern so that the heat being transferred is even through the fins spreading out the area that the dissipation takes place. On the base the pipes make direct contact to the processor which makes the transfer of the heat faster and more efficient. There is a small fin type surface directly above the base which also aids in dissipating heat quicker at the point of contact. The HP-1216B is compatible with all Socket 775, Socket 1366, Socket AM2+ and AM3 motherboards.
To aid in the cooling there is a single 120mm fan. The fan uses a Hydraumatic bearing and is rated for 12v. The 120mm fan is claimed to have an air flow output of 55.6~80.1CFM with a noise output of 215~25 db. The operating speed of the fan is between 1,000 ~ 2,000 RPM depending on the manual setting.
Now that the cooler is out and assembled the testing can begin.
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||
5.16" x 4.06" x 6.02" (131mm x 103mm x 153mm)
1.86 Lbs. (844g)
0.38 Amp (MAX.)
215~25 db ± 10%
1,000 ~ 2,000 RPM ± 10%
Intel LGA775: Core2 Duo / Celeron / Pentium 4 / Pentium D
Intel LGA1366: Core i7
AMD AM2 / AM3 / 754 / 939 / 940: Sempron / Athlon 64 / Athlon X2 / Phenom 64
To test the Xtreme Gear HP-1216B i set it up into the same exact setup as the other coolers to replicate the same exact conditions keeping the testing fair. The ambient temperature was kept at 22C degrees during the whole testing so that this will negate any outside interference. For the air coolers that offer the ability to adjust the fan speeds the tests will be run on both the lowest setting and the highest fan settings, the water coolers will be set at their default pump speeds or medium speed if variable to control noise. The Xtreme Gear HP-1216B will be put up against several other coolers including air coolers and two water cooling solutions to gauge performance based on stock and overclocked speeds. For the overclocked runs the processor was overclocked to 4.1GHz using 1.425 volts.
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 (New Revision)
- Motherboard: Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P
- Memory: OCZ Spec Ops Urban Elite DDR3-1600 @ 7-7-7-20
- Video Card : NVIDIA GTX 260 (216)
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 7200.11 750GB SATA w/32MB Cache
- Optical Drive: LG 8x DVD+/-RW
- Case: CoolerMaster Cosmos S
- Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
- Ambient Temp: 22 Degrees C (73F)
- Thermaltake ISGC-300 (high and low fan speeds)
- Thermaltake ISGC-400 (high and low fan speeds)
- Stock AMD Heatsink
- Titan Cool Idol
- CoolIT Domino A.L.C. (on medium speed)
- Custom Water Cooling Setup
While the Xtreme Gear HP-1216B cooler was average with the other coolers during the stock idle tests the true colors seemed to shine as the load increased. Especially while overclocked with it being the coolest of the air coolers. When overclocked the stock cooler was not up to the task of cooling the 965 down and failed the testing.
For an air cooler the Xtreme Gear HP-1216B is one for the books. This cooler kept the system cool even when more voltage and speed was thrown at it. The Xtreme Gear was able to take on some well known coolers and still pass them up when the timing counted. It is made for a wide variety of sockets including the latest AM3 and 1366 sockets from AMD and Intel respectively. The Xtreme Gear HP-1216B is retailing from the Xtreme Gear site for $29.95 which when you take into the excellent performance the price/performance ratio makes it the best choice out of the group of air coolers tested. Add the ability to adjust the fan speed for noise suppression when full cooling is not needed and you have yourself the ability to overclock your processor while keeping it at optimum temperatures. If you're in the position that you want to push your hardware a bit but do not want to spend the time or money on water cooling pick up an Xtreme Gear HP-1216B and it will take you to the extreme.
- Great Air Cooling
- Fits newer sockets
- Adjustable fan speed