As you can see, the heatpipes are quite exposed. They have been flattened, then ground level with the base, so not only do the pipes come in contact with the CPU, so does the base. Though there are small gaps between the pipes and base, there really isn't much less surface area touching the CPU heat spreader than on a regular cooler.
For those guys that like lapped heatsink surfaces, the Revolution has much to be desired. I have seen other coolers with finishes just as bad, but probably none worse. I really don't require a mirror finish, but I like to see at least an attempt to buff them out. I believe that thermal compound should only have to fill the microscopic gaps between two fairly smooth surfaces, rather than fill small crevasses. I won't lap this cooler prior to this installation, but I will seriously consider it in the future.
Let's get this baby on a CPU!