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Xigmatek Announces Gaia II and Loki II CPU Coolers

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August 27, 2013 11:11:55 PM

Prices aren't too bad, time for the benchmarks
August 28, 2013 3:24:45 AM

patrick47018 said:
Prices aren't too bad, time for the benchmarks


*just talking about the gaia*

Well, if the performance is the same as my Gaia SD1283 cooler, it should perform nearly the same as Coolermaster Hyper 212+.

The fan CFM is a little lower on the Gaia than on the coolermaster. so at stock configs gaia is just a little warmer.

Although When I've tried a equal CFM fan, it performed identical. .




Now what I like about that Gaia II that I can immediately tell over the my Gaia is the fact that it doesn't use those rubber fan mounts to attach the fans to the cooler. There a bit of a pain to use for the first time as there very stiff. You have to stretch them out to make them flexible enough to use.



At least the 1 thing that made the Gaia good over the coolermaster is still on Gaia II and that was the mounting hardware.

From those that I heard that have used both coolers (hyper 212+ and gaia SD1283), the mounting hardware (to the motherboard) on the gaia was better than the Hyper 212+.
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August 28, 2013 4:39:48 AM

Geild or xigmatek for me next time around.
August 28, 2013 10:59:51 AM

I was a little surprised that they decided to keep the base configuration the same, with the heat pipes separated by aluminum. Then again, that central 8mm heat pipe going directly over the CPU has worked wonders for many people thus far; if it isn't broke don't fix it.

We'll see how the new fin design helps with air optimization, though.
August 28, 2013 12:30:09 PM

warmon6 said:
*just talking about the gaia*

Well, if the performance is the same as my Gaia SD1283 cooler, it should perform nearly the same as Coolermaster Hyper 212+.

The fan CFM is a little lower on the Gaia than on the coolermaster. so at stock configs gaia is just a little warmer.

Although When I've tried a equal CFM fan, it performed identical. .




Now what I like about that Gaia II that I can immediately tell over the my Gaia is the fact that it doesn't use those rubber fan mounts to attach the fans to the cooler. There a bit of a pain to use for the first time as there very stiff. You have to stretch them out to make them flexible enough to use.



At least the 1 thing that made the Gaia good over the coolermaster is still on Gaia II and that was the mounting hardware.

From those that I heard that have used both coolers (hyper 212+ and gaia SD1283), the mounting hardware (to the motherboard) on the gaia was better than the Hyper 212+.

Agreed, the first Gaia was almost as good as the 212, but you could regularly find it for $5 - $10 less. The fan had a bit of a rattle sound so I replaced it with a Scythe for better acoustics. I can't be happier with it for the price I paid.
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