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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [02.20.03]
Manufactured by: Cooler Master 

Est. Street Price: $35

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Not Your Everyday Copper Heatsink

The IHC-L72 looks like an ordinary copper heatsink upon first glance, but a closer look reveals that it has some differences.  It's one of the first CPU coolers I've seen using heatpipe technology.

Heatpipes have been used for a long time, usually in laptops and other areas where high performance is required in a small form factor.  The idea behind heatpipes is that it transports heat from one area to another, something exhibited perfectly by the Zalman Video Cooler we reviewed.  You have to wonder though; do we really need heatpipes within a single CPU heatsink?

As you can tell by the design, Cooler Master is intending to have the heatpipes transfer the heat generated by the CPU to a location away from the base of the heatsink.  This allows the fins to theoretically pull the heat away in 2 separate locations - 1 where they touch the base, and 2 where they touch the heatpipe.  The heatpipes are in contact with the base of the heatsink, and in contact with every single fin in 2 locations.

Build quality is what we've come to expect from Cooler Master - the unit is well engineered and looks great.

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