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Xigmatek Introduces the Dark Knight Frostbourne CPU Cooler

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Following in the footsteps of the Nighthawk Edition of the Dark Knight SD1283, Xigmatek is now offering the cooler in silver.

Though "Frostbourne Edition" sounds like something from World of Warcraft, it's actually the latest variant of Xigmatek's popular Dark Knight CPU Cooler with an impressive silver exterior. The cooler measures 120 x 50 x 159 mm, weighs 406 g and includes an XOF-F1251 120 mm PWN fan that spins at between 800 and 1400 RPM and is capable of moving 60 CFM of air at noise output of just under 16 dBA.

The SD1283 is an aluminium alloy fin-tower heatsink with Xigmatek's Stealth ceramic coating for improved heat dissipation and feature three 8 mm U shaped heatpipes that are rated for a maximum TDP of 160 W.



The Dark Knight SD1283 Frostbourne Edition supports nearly all modern AMD and Intel sockets and is expected to hit store shelves at a price of $50.

 

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    EzioAs , March 1, 2013 11:47 PM
    Dark knight? White knight would've been more appropriate if you ask me...
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    samwelaye , March 1, 2013 11:10 PM
    16dba for $50? sounds good if the cooling can match up
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    mortuum , March 1, 2013 11:32 PM
    The thing is, Noctua HD14 set the standards too high. There is only a handful of coolers that can compete and they still can't reach Noctua's performance. They just have better size-to-performance ratio (meaning that they are smaller but work very well for their size).

    IMHO the Air-cooling market is a bit saturated, we can hardly expect any more breakthroughs.
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    vmem , March 1, 2013 11:44 PM
    mortuumThe thing is, Noctua HD14 set the standards too high. There is only a handful of coolers that can compete and they still can't reach Noctua's performance. They just have better size-to-performance ratio (meaning that they are smaller but work very well for their size).IMHO the Air-cooling market is a bit saturated, we can hardly expect any more breakthroughs.


    the only possibility of a breakthrough is in material sciences and a creation of a cheaper, ligher, or more thermal-conductive alloy (or any combination of the three). unfortunately this is not the job of any of these cooling companies :p 
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    EzioAs , March 1, 2013 11:47 PM
    Dark knight? White knight would've been more appropriate if you ask me...
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    Anonymous , March 1, 2013 11:51 PM
    They are good coolers, I had one of their first releases with my last CPU 2 over years ago, but went with Corsair's liquid cooled H80 and never looked back at air since.
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    kensingtron , March 2, 2013 12:02 AM
    If you check this cooler out on frostytech this is one of the best price/performance/silent coolers at its price point.
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    boulbox , March 2, 2013 12:04 AM
    mortuumThe thing is, Noctua HD14 set the standards too high. There is only a handful of coolers that can compete and they still can't reach Noctua's performance. They just have better size-to-performance ratio (meaning that they are smaller but work very well for their size).IMHO the Air-cooling market is a bit saturated, we can hardly expect any more breakthroughs.


    Actually in a lot of tests, Xigmatek Aegir gave better results with just one fan on it and by better, like 1-3C difference while being fairly cheaper.
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    A Bad Day , March 2, 2013 1:41 AM
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    The SD1283 is an aluminium alloy fin-tower heatsink with Xigmatek's Stealth ceramic coating for improved heat dissipation


    Um, aren't ceramics typically thermal insulators?
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    fkr , March 2, 2013 2:21 AM
    AMEC Thermasol has introduced a new range of Micro Porous Ceramic Heat Sinks (MPCHS). Due to the open irregular structure of the Micro Porous Ceramic, the heat sinks provide a greater surface area to contact with the air compared to metal. Due to this structure, the heat sinks have excellent heat dissipation and heat convection properties.

    The MPCHS dissipates heat faster than metal heat sinks without storing heat within itself. MPCHS heat sinks are made from the lowest thermal capacity material in unit volume compared to traditional copper and aluminum solutions. The surface area of the MPCHS is greater than metal heat sinks by around 30%; hence, more surface area to contact air and dissipate more heat in a set unit time. Being non-metallic they also help ensure a reduction in any possible EMI/EMC issues.
    - See more at: http://www.electronics-cooling.com/2010/11/micro-porous-ceramic-heat-sinks-enhance-heat-dissipation/#sthash.ZIqCcJwa.dpuf
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    blazorthon , March 2, 2013 2:25 AM
    mortuumThe thing is, Noctua HD14 set the standards too high. There is only a handful of coolers that can compete and they still can't reach Noctua's performance. They just have better size-to-performance ratio (meaning that they are smaller but work very well for their size).IMHO the Air-cooling market is a bit saturated, we can hardly expect any more breakthroughs.


    There are several air coolers that beat the NH-D14. Some of them are even quieter too. Phantek's top cooler is a good example.
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    blazorthon , March 2, 2013 2:30 AM
    vmemthe only possibility of a breakthrough is in material sciences and a creation of a cheaper, ligher, or more thermal-conductive alloy (or any combination of the three). unfortunately this is not the job of any of these cooling companies


    Several coolers beat the NH-D14 without needing new materials and those aren't even the only ways to make improvements anyway. One good example would to use direct-touch heatpipes and/or vapor chambers (which are just a different form factor of heat pipe) instead of the wasteful block between the heat pipes and the CPU IHS. There are many ways to improve modern coolers with the current materials.
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    bombebomb , March 2, 2013 2:36 AM
    After the fiasco I had to deal with on a Xigmatek rebate, I will never, ever buy a product from them. Lucky for me I am not alone on this.
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    iam2thecrowe , March 2, 2013 3:12 AM
    looks nice.
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    de5_Roy , March 2, 2013 3:57 AM
    call it the dark knight white lantern edition.
    frostbourne sounds like a villain from thor movie.
    or may be frostborune identity, followed by frostbourne supremacy and ultimatum... and then the underwhelming legacy: the alex cross edition... :whistle: 
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    nightwingv , March 2, 2013 4:35 AM
    mortuumThe thing is, Noctua HD14 set the standards too high. There is only a handful of coolers that can compete and they still can't reach Noctua's performance. They just have better size-to-performance ratio (meaning that they are smaller but work very well for their size).IMHO the Air-cooling market is a bit saturated, we can hardly expect any more breakthroughs.

    thermalright silver arrow sbe?
    phanteks PH-TC14PE?
    the havik comes pretty close as well i think
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    kristi_metal , March 2, 2013 7:46 AM
    DOn't like the space betwwen the heatpipes where it contacts the cpu. The heat pipes should be united to form a single plane surfec for maximum heat dissipation.
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    Memnarchon , March 2, 2013 8:00 AM
    de5_Roycall it the dark knight white lantern edition. frostbourne sounds like a villain from thor movie.or may be frostborune identity, followed by frostbourne supremacy and ultimatum... and then the underwhelming legacy: the alex cross edition...

    Actually its more like wow. Frostmourne was the legendary sword which corrupted Arthas (pre-Lich King). :D 
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    spentshells , March 2, 2013 11:50 AM
    nightwingvthermalright silver arrow sbe?phanteks PH-TC14PE?the havik comes pretty close as well i think

    Havik is not close at all.

    A Bad DayUm, aren't ceramics typically thermal insulators?


    The ceramic insulation makes sure the heat transfers up the tower where it is more efficiently dissipated by the fins where it can be blown away by the fans.
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    downhill911 , March 2, 2013 5:24 PM
    That cooler is just...........Racist!
    P.S. Just kidding
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    photonboy , March 2, 2013 9:17 PM
    16dB at 60CFM.

    I highly doubt that.
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