One of the
surprising things about the market since the launch of the i7 CPU is
the utter lack of new heatsink designs specifically for the 1366
platform. And it's not like the i7 couldn't use some new
designs, after all, that CPU is fracking hot. Well, that all
changes today, as we have a brand new design from Kingwin
specifically for the 1366 socket, and it is called the XT-1264.
This particular design is fairly similar to the Kingwin Revolution
design we looked at some time back, except on a larger scale.
So how well does the design handle the beast that is Nehalem?
Read on and find out!
Out of Box Experience:
The packaging is set up very similarly to the
original Revolution that we reviewed in late
2007. There are a few subtle differences, for example,
Kingwin has dropped the Revolution name, and "HDT" has been changed
to "HTC". The naming convention has also changed from the RVT
series to the XT series.
If you compare the new XT to the older Revolution
from this angle, you will notice two things are different; first,
the fan seems to sit a lot closer to the base than previously.
Secondly, the mounting hardware has changed. For the AMD
sockets, the old groove method has been replaced with a square
Like the Revolution before it, the XT also has a
spoiler-like apparatus. In this case they are not removable.
Here we can also see that the fins extend further down towards the
The top of the XT also shows some design
differences from the Revolution. Instead of the rubber studs,
the fan is attached to the heatsink with two wire clips, and the
copper tubing sits flush with the top of the heatsink.
Another important change is evident in the base;
the new XT is equipped with four heatpipes as opposed to the three
heatpipes on the Revolution. We also get a better look at the
AMD retention system.
Also included in the box are the retention
brackets for both 775 and 1366 sockets, as well as a small packet of
thermal grease. As you can see, the XT uses the same dreaded
push-pin mechanism as the stock cooler. I have always hated
it, and while it makes installation easier, I feel performance would
be much better with a retention bracket under the motherboard.