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A Closer Look
Taking a closer look at the Kingwin XT-1264 we can see that the cooler does have a few unique features built into it. One of the first things I noticed on the XT-1264 was the lack of protruding heatpipes showing on the top of the cooler. Although its hard to see in the photos, there’s a slightly larger gap between the 4th and 5th cooling fins from the top of the cooler. This is where the heatpipes actually stop and is obviously done to give the XT-1264 a cleaner finished look. Will this affect the cooling potential of the XT-1264? Well, there are a total of 49 aluminum cooling fins on the upper section (down to and including the two extended fins) of the cooler of which less than 10% of the fins are not in direct contact with the four copper heatpipes. If it does affect the cooling, I would expect it to be a very minimal amount of difference.
Another unique feature we find on the Kingwin XT-1264 is a second set of cooling fins located at the top of the base. There are a total of 11 smaller aluminum fins that are in direct contact with the four heatpipes of which the lower 7 also come in contact with the upper aluminum block of the base. In total that gives us 60 aluminum cooling fins on the XT-1264. So it appears that Kingwin has compensated for the upper four cooling fins not having direct contact with the heatpipes.
Here we have a better shot of the pre-installed AMD mounting bracket. This is held in place by two screws on either side of the aluminum block of the base.
Looking at a close up shot of the base, we can see that there are obvious milling marks present. Now I will be the first to agree that a smoother finish on the base would provide a slight performance increase, but this requires extra processes to be done on the manufacturing end which will in turn result in a higher price. Lapping the base would provide a few degrees improvement in cooling, but keep in mind, you have far less material here to play with when compared to a standard cooler.