The main concern when choosing the Xigmatek HDT-SD964 cooler for a Socket AM2/AM3 build is that mounting is only possible in a vertical orientation. CPU heat isn’t a problem for us with a 140mm top-mounted exhaust fan, but this drawback would likely disrupt front-to-rear airflow in other enclosures.
While use of many coolers, such as the popular 120mm Xigmatek HDT-S1283, will limit RAM heat-spreader height or even prevent use of the first DIMM slot altogether, our 92mm cooler doesn’t cause any such interference.
This was a simple build that went without a hitch. Of course, we wouldn’t expect to run into many problems putting less than $700 worth of components into a roomy mid-tower case like the Antec Three Hundred Illusion.
Stretching the +12V CPU lead up to the motherboard’s eight-pin connector is a bit unsightly. But thankfully, the lack of a clear acrylic side panel meant we didn’t need to be too picky about the final cable management.
- Finding Balance
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Cards And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Hardware Installation
- Unlocking: Success!
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: Call Of Duty: MW2, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, And DiRT 2
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power Consumption, Performance Summary, And Efficiency