The Evercool HPL-815 combines 4 direct touch heatpipes that travel through numerous rows of aluminum fins, with an 80mm fan that is a mere 15mm thick. The fan they use has a 4 pin connection to the motherboard, enabling the option to use the PWM feature in the system BIOS.
When the PWM feature is enabled the HPL-815 offers a decent level of cooling, with quiet operation. If you choose not to use the PWM feature, the 15mm deep fan runs at 4,000 RPM, so fan noise will quickly become an issue.
The installation procedure is not very complicated and the mounting hardware is capable of dealing with the majority of AMD and Intel processors. The HPL-815 from Evercool has proven itself to be a decent low profile cooling solution. If we were going to build a HTPC that didn’t need to deal with heavy overclocking, the HPL-815 would be worth considering.
Once again one of our concerns is lack of availability worldwide, although the UK have some stock this week.
In the UK we were able to find the HPL-815 listed for £23.99.
- Decent performance
- Easy Installation
- Loud fan at high RPM
- Fan clips bend easily
- AMD orientation can result in blocked RAM slots with some motherboards
Kitguru says: A decent cooler for a media center, but it faces stiff competition in a competitive marketplace and does little to stand out.