Kingpin F1 Extreme Dark Cooling Pot Review

Overclockers have always been a bit extreme – we take hardware many people are perfectly satisfied with and then push every last MHz we can out of it within our cooling limits. Some choose air cooling, some choose water cooling. There are a few brave souls that use water chillers, but mostly those are benching operations only.

Then there are the, well, for lack of a better phrase, there are the crazy people. I’m proud to be one and many members of our benchmarking team are too, as are a growing number of the overclocking crowd. You see, when you get into benchmarking, air and water just aren’t enough to satisfy your thirst for that extra 3D Marks or thousandth of a second. No, we truly go to extremes using things like dry ice (with acetone to help spread the cold) and liquid nitrogen.

It is to these overclockers k|ngp|n has dedicated a good portion of his craft. He started out making cooling pots quite a while ago, then turned his successful benchmarking ability and industry know-how into a career with EVGA. Thankfully he hasn’t stopped producing pots.

Today is dedicated to his latest work of art, the Dragon F1 Extreme Dark. It’s very functional of course and we’ll get to that, but this thing is a great looking piece of hardware. Don’t take my word for it though, have a look for yourself.


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United States hokiealumnus says:

Thanks for posting massman!

If anybody has questions or anything I'm happy to try and answer them. :)

Finland SF3D says:

How many different pots you have tested before you made judgement "People love them because they’re the best" :) That was good article until I saw that comment. There is a reason why many F1EE users bought Inflection point and have been using it since then. Some dudes with very brown tongue did not buy it for a reason, but I am fine with that. Sorry about commenting like this, but I had to say it. I am not going to write more, so no need to start fighting over pieces of copper :)

United States Hondacity says:

SF3D said: There is a reason why many F1EE users bought Inflection point and have been using it since then.


how did you know HC is doing that? lol

oi any gpu pot for this year?

United States hokiealumnus says:

SF3D said: How many different pots you have tested before you made judgement "People love them because they’re the best" :)
That was good article until I saw that comment.

There is a reason why many F1EE users bought Inflection point and have been using it since then. Some dudes with very brown tongue did not buy it for a reason, but I am fine with that.

Sorry about commenting like this, but I had to say it.
I am not going to write more, so no need to start fighting over pieces of copper :)


That was anecdotal and you have a point, I should have mentioned that. I know a lot of people that have used them and like them over any other pot they've used. You're surely also aware of how rare the F1EE is in various classifieds around. Anyone I know that has one has held onto it with a white-knuckled grip since they were discontinued (except for one person who needed the money...and he didn't want to get rid of the pot!). I've personally only benched with three pots - Giraffe Pot, the F1EE & the F1 Dark. TBH, I don't know (or haven't seen reports from) anyone over here that has used your pot.

I'm happy to have a look at Inflection Point and certainly don't care which is better...if yours is better I'll happily report that. Feel free to contact me at hokie at overclockers dot com if you're interested in a review.

EDIT - Just so you know I'm not blowing smoke, XS had two F1EE's sold in 2011. One of those two sold in less than 12 hours. There was one in 2010 and one in 2009. OCF had one sold in 2011, none previously. OCN had two sold in 2011, one in 2010. All appear to have been picked up rather quickly. I'd call that low volume. People held onto them after they were discontinued. :)

United States k|ngp|n says:

Nice start and thanx Hokie! Look forward to more testing with it on other processors as well.
Made a comment here in your preview thread about both NEW F1 cpu pots DARK and GEMINI: http://hwbot.org/forum/showpost.php?p=151656&postcount=36

kikicoco1334 says:

green looking pot buddy nicely done!

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