Kingwin HTC XT-1264 i7 Ready CPU Cooler Review

[ad#review999-top]In late 2007, a small handful of companies, Kingwin included, began building CPU coolers configured so that the heatpipes directly touched the CPU heatspreader surface. After owning four of these coolers, three by Kingwin, I surmised that the primary benefit was the ability to use aluminum in the base while still getting the superior thermal transferral properties of copper, making the cooler lighter and less expensive to build. The overall performance of the coolers were similar to lower-end coolers utilizing solid copper bases.

Kingwin built two 120mm coolers in their HDT (Heatpipe Direct Touch) Revolution series, the tower-styled RVT-12025, and the deck-styled RVT-12025D. Both of these coolers were economically priced but performed well, keeping my overclocked CPU temps well within reason. The tower cooler was my primary cooler on test rigs for nearly all of 2008, and saw installation on at least 15 different motherboards. It still gets used for comparison purposes. The RVT-12025D was the cooler on my main rig for most of last year, and currently is the cooler on a daily driver overclocked C2Quad Q-6600 rig. Kingwin also built a 92mm tower cooler, the RVT-9225, and it also is being used daily as it has been since November 2007. Needless to say, these coolers are well worth the money, and fairly rugged as long as you take care of the Intel push pins.

Though the RVT-12025D is still being manufactured, Kingwin has replaced both tower coolers with a new series, the HTC (Heatpipe Touch Chip) Series. Today I will be looking at the 120mm version of the HTC series, the XT-1264. Still utilizing the concept of the heatpipes making direct contact with the CPU surface, the HTC Series has a new twist that should improve the cooling capabilities of these already capable coolers. Read on to check out the Kingwin XT-1264!


Model: XT-1264
Dimensions: 120mm x 74mm x 150mm
Material: Aluminum Alloy
Base: Copper (heatpipe touch chip)
Heatpipes: 4 x 6mm
Fan: 120mm x 120mm x 25mm PWM fan
Voltage Rating: 12v
Speed: 700 – 2300RPM
Bearing Type: N.D.B. Bearing
Airflow: 82.0 – 101.2CFM
Static Pressure: 3.28 – 3.97 mmAQ
Life Expectancy: 60,000 hours
Connector: 4-pin PWM
Weight: 467g (w/fan)


The XT-1264 is packaged in a nice looking hanging box. A window gives a view of the cooler. Specs are found on the box rear.

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Inside, the cooler is well protected in a blisterpack that thankfully isn’t hermetically sealed.

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