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The term “hawk” that stands for a particular species of birds is also used not only in respect to birds. There are multiple examples of that use. Remember the famous movies called “Black Hawk Down” or “Hudson Hawk”, Chicago Blackhawks ice-hockey club, different models of military equipment and even one of Mitsubishi Colt modifications. The popularity of this term can be very easily explained: it indicates a fast and strong bird that poses serious threat for its enemies that is why it is being associated with a lot of things.

Looks like XILENCE Company liked the hawk-related associations a lot that is why their new processor cooler was named “Black Hawk COPPER”. It is hard to tell what exactly is in common between black hawks and the new cooling solutions from XILENCE (a black fan or elimination of high CPU heat). Frankly speaking, I didn’t get the same associations after taking a close look at the new cooler. Anyway, we have a great opportunity to check out the new cooling solution and see how it compares against the best product in its class as well as against the indisputable performance leader among contemporary super-coolers.

Package and Accessories

As usual, let’s start with the package and included accessories. The new XILENCE cooler ships in a pretty big box, I would even say unusually big for processor coolers. Its front side if half-open revealing most of the cooler inside:

The back of the box bears a photo of the cooler. However, it is not the exact same cooler that we find inside but a common Black Hawk with an aluminum heatsink:

The specifications listed on the box are also for the aluminum Black Hawk cooler. However, XILENCE reps assured us that the coolers differ only by weight, while all other specifications remain the same.

Inside the cardboard box there is a molded plastic casing with the cooler in the center and all accessories sealed in a pair of small plastic bags and stored beneath it:

  • Universal retention plate;
  • Universal backplate;
  • Installation instructions for LGA1366 mainboards;
  • Two plastic retention brackets for LGA 1366 mainboards;
  • A set of bushes, washers and screw-nuts;
  • Thermal compound;
  • Installation instructions guide.

The cooler is made in China and its recommended retail price is relatively high: $90. However, taking into account the latest tendencies in the super-cooler segment, prices like that are not surprising anymore. The cooler should hit the retail channels in September 2009. So if you really like it you will have to wait for a while.

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