Evercool Buffalo CPU Cooler (HPFI7-10025) - Installation and Testing

Article Index
Evercool Buffalo CPU Cooler (HPFI7-10025)
Evercool Buffalo - Specifications
Installation and Testing
Evercool Buffalo Test Info
Final Thoughts and Conclusion


Installation & Test Setup:

Well the installation section of this review is going to be pretty simple, basically all you need to do is remove the old cooler, apply the included thermal paste and clip the new Buffalo CPU cooler onto your motherboard and your done. It really can't get any simpler than this and shouldn't take you any more than 10 minutes from start to finish. All the necessary mounting hardware for the Intel Core i7 CPU comes pre-installed so you literally have to do nothing except open the box and clip the cooler onto the motherboard. Motherboard removal is not necessary, however if you already have your motherboard removed from the case then installing the cooler will become even more simple.

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Evercool Buffalo - Mounting Bracket
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Evercool Buffalo - Side View


I've included some pictures of the Buffalo cooler and a Radeon HD 3870 card just to show how big the cooler is in comparison to a fairly large video card. As you can see in the next couple pictures the Buffalo is pretty small when compared to some of the other coolers we've reviewed and space isn't going to be an issue with the Buffalo and should fit into pretty much any mid-size case.

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Evercool Buffalo - Side View
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Evercool Buffalo - Top View


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Evercool Buffalo - Side View
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Evercool Buffalo - Top View


Now that the Buffalo is installed, let's see how it performs in the next section.


Test Info:

For Intel (LGA1336) testing we will be using the Intel Core i7 920 CPU, which produces 130 Watts of heat. This could be considered a mid-range processor, and while most Dual-Core processors produce ~50-80 Watts of heat, this should give you a pretty accurate estimate of what type of temperatures a cooler will provide you with.

For both AMD and Intel testing, we have taken all temperatures using CoreTemp v.0.99.4. CoreTemp takes a temperature from the CPU core, and allows for much more uniform results across different motherboard and CPU platforms. These temperatures may seem higher than other temperature recordings; because chances are they are taking temperature recordings using the diode underneath the CPU, which isn't able to be as accurate, and can really fluctuate between different brands of motherboards.

For all tests we are using the Highspeed PC Top Deck Tech Station, and we are using no additional cooling in our testing. All temperatures are recorded in a controlled environment that is set to 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit) to provide fair results between coolers.

For all tests we use Arctic Cooling MX-2 High-Performance Thermal Compound (Paste), we use the same thermal paste in all our testing so that we can keep our results consistent. If a cooler is shipped with thermal paste pre-applied, it will be removed and we will re-apply it with Arctic Cooling MX-2 to provide fair results.