Why? It's still a cheaply-built stock cooler with a little 80mm fan. It's possible to get a lower-end 120mm tower cooler for around the same price, that should cool as well or better while being far quieter. As a reminder, this cooler only achieves that level of performance by running its fan at up to 3850 RPM, around double the speed of most other coolers, making it rather noisy. And Intel's higher core-count offerings will still undoubtedly be thermal throttling on this thing.I'm surprised that they can actually sell 130W HSF for $26 (an ugly one at that).
And THAT, is exactly why it's surprising they can sell these for 26 bucks. For another five to ten dollars, currently, and normally for as low as occasionally 19 dollars, you can get a variety of coolers with much better performance. So that's why it's surprising.Why? It's still a cheaply-built stock cooler with a little 80mm fan.