Author: Frank Stroupe
[ad#review1036-top]Up to this point, I have reviewed four CPU coolers for the Intel Core i7. Three of those were designed specifically for the i7.or at least were released after the i7 was. By this time, most companies that build CPU coolers have added provisions for using their better coolers with the LGA 1366 CPUs. Some have used adapters, some used totally different mounting hardware, and a few have been redesigned to be used with the i7.
Today I will be looking at the Evercool Buffalo HPFI7-10025, one of Evercool’s economy coolers that has been redesigned for use with LGA 1366 processors. It is a smaller cooler, only 100mm, the first cooler I’ve used on the i7 that doesn’t have a 120mm fan. It is also my first Evercool cooler.I’ve had many Evercool fans, but no coolers. It sports a pair of heatpipes, making it the first heatpipe CPU cooler I’ve used that only has two pipes. How will this little jewel stand up to the hot i7? Read on to see!
-Intel Core i7 (LGA 1366) i7-920/940/950
-Intel Core i7 (LGA 1366) Extreme Edition I7-965/975
Overall Dimensions – 110 x 72 x 142.7 mm
Fan Dimensions – 100 x 100 x 25 mm
Base Material – Copper
Fan Type – Ever Lubricate Bearing (Long Life bearing)
Fan Speed – 1800 +/- 10% RPM
Noise Level – <23 dBA
Rated Voltage – 12 V
Weight – 500g (1.1lb)
The Buffalo comes in a nice looking hanging cardboard box. It is the same box used on all three models of the Buffalo, AMD, LGA 775, and i7, the only difference being a small added label stating that it supports the Core i7. This cooler fits LGA 1366 only.
Inside, the cooler is supported by plastic supports top and bottom, made of the same material as a heavy blisterpack.