As with the aforementioned CoolJag Falcon II, the XT-1264′s secret has to be in the additional cooling provided by the fins on the cooler base, as my earlier testing with heatpipe direct touch coolers did not show significant improvements in cooling other than the ability to get equal cooling performance using an aluminum base. Whatever it was, it definitely worked, putting the Kingwin XT-1264 in the same class as two coolers costing $70.
Kingwin definitely has a winner here. What else can I say? The XT-1264 is light, quiet, and cools well. I found no issues whatsoever. I don’t care much for Intel’s push pins, but I have grown accustomed to them, and it is nice to be able to install a quality cooler without removing the motherboard if you really don’t want to.
The Kingwin HTC XT-1264 runs $36 at my favorite online retailer. 36 bucks, half the price of the Noctua and Zalman coolers! Can you say BARGAIN? ThinkComputers gives the Kingwin HTC XT-1264 CPU Cooler a 10 out of 10 score.
- Performs as well as coolers costing twice as much
- For that price, you can live with the push pins