Author: Frank Stroupe
A Closer Look
The Buffalo looks very small compared to the huge coolers I have been accustomed to lately. It is taller and wider than the normal 92mm cooler, but is fairly thin. The radiator is fairly typical, consisting of thin crimped aluminum fins.
The fan is red and black, a color scheme I’ve seen on other Evercool fans. It is of an open design similar to the Arctic Cooling Freezer series, but the fan is mounted by wire keepers that are very popular with most cooler manufacturers.
The top of the cooler sports two differences that I’ve not seen on any cooler I’ve owned. First, Evercool has a logo for the Buffalo and it has been screened on the top fin. Second, the heatpipes are so neatly finished on the ends that at first glance I thought that they were covered with caps. These are the most neatly finished pipes that I recall seeing since I bought my first heatpipe cooler years ago.
The Buffalo utilizes Intel push pins for mounting on the motherboard. Love them or hate them, if you change coolers as much as I have lately, it is sometimes nice not to have to remove the motherboard from the tray. This is an economy cooler and I would not expect any other mounting device.
I find later that these particular push pins work better than most.they have a positive feel and a definite “click”.not found with many of these push pins.
The base configuration is interesting.utilizing the concept of the heatpipe direct touch technology of the copper pipes mounted in an aluminum frame. But rather than the heatpipes directly touching the CPU heatspreader, the heatpipes touch a copper plate that covers the entire heatspreader surface. This lowers the overall weight of the cooler as compared to a solid copper base. We’ll see in a few minutes how it performs.
The base is shiny but not lapped. Evercool includes a tube of their thermal compound with the cooler.