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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 08 April 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best CPU Cooler Performance - Q1 2008
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Kingwin RVT-12025
Xigmatek Red Scorpion S1283
Kingwin RVT-12025D
Noctua NH-U12P
OCZ Vendetta 2
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme
TIM Application and Surface
Testing Methodology
CPU Cooler Test Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Kingwin RVT-12025D

Kingwin has had tremendous success with their North American offerings of the Heat-pipe Direct Touch technology. In addition to product clones of the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 with their own Revolution RVT-12025 and, they have also released the RVT-12025D as a North American version of the Xigmatek HDT-S1284. Kingwin's RVT-12025D features 6-gauge copper heat-pipe rods compared to the 8-gauge rods in the HDT-S1284, but otherwise the designs are identical.

When I first learned of the Kingwin Revolution series at the 2008 International CES, I was excited to get my hands on the RVT-12025D because I hadn't seen the design yet. It appeared to have many of the same high-performance characteristics as many other CPU coolers we've seen of it's style, such as the Thermalright SI-128.


In many ways the Kingwin Revolution RVT-12025D is meant for low-profile installations, such as 4U cases or HTPC enclosures. Because of the overall height is almost 40mm shorter than the RVT-12025, this CPU cooler can fit in mid-tower cases with side-panel fans as well. The overall footprint is larger however, and will require a bit of finesse to install in confined areas.


There's a protect grill covering the fan, which is mounted to the finsink using soft rubber latches. We took these images with the fan installed, which is how the unit arrives, but all of our testing was conducted with a common fan.


The major trade-off between the vertical RVT-12025 and this horizontally orientated RVT-12025D is the number of heat-pipes making contact with the CPU. With a reduced rod size from 8-gauge down to 6-gauge, Kingwin was able to fit a forth heat-pipe rod into the aluminum mounting base. We'll soon see if this helped the performance against the larger gauge heat-pipe cooler.


Revolution RVT-12025D Specifications

Fan (Included): 120 mm High Efficient PWM Fan Fan speed: 800~1500 RPM
Fan size: 4.73"(L) x 4.73(L) x 0.98"(W)/120(L) x 120(H) x 25(W) mm
Bearing type: Rifle bearing
Noise level: 20~32 dBA
Max air flow: 72.1~99.6 CFM Rated voltage: 12 VDC Life expectancy: 50,000 hrs
Connector: 4 Pin with PWM
Heatsink dimension: 5.7" (L)x 5.9"(H) x5.07"(W) / 145(L) x 150(H) x 129(W) mm
Heatsink material: Aluminum w/ copper base
4pcs Φ6mm heat-pipe rod
Weight: 1.4 Lbs / 663 g (w/fan)
Thermal resistance: 0.15 C/W


About the company: KWI Technology Inc.kingwin_full_logo_200px.jpg

Kingwin was founded in 1992 as a manufacturer specialized in designing and manufacturing CPU Coolers and Mobile Racks, also with goals to provide our customers with the best Computer Chassis, Thermal Cooling, Liquid Cooling, and Storage Solutions. With the company's core business of Storage Solution units is still growing at a vast rate, Kingwin started looking into the PC chassis industry. To date, Kingwin has always been considered the pioneering company that revolutionized the Storage Solution Industry by bringing out different types and great storage units. The typical and traditional beige and plastic front panel design was replaced buy the excellent and more light and cooler material of the aluminum Storage Solution units. By doing this, Kingwin started growing in the industry and still is growing up to this date.


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