Xigmatek has launched the second generation of its Gaia and Loki CPU coolers that feature conventional aluminum fin tower heat sink designs, is compatible with most modern CPU sockets, and aims to provide mid-range (150 W TDP) and light (130 W TDP) performance, respectively.
The Gaia II measures 120 x 50 x 159 mm, weighs 460 g, features three 8 mm exposed copper heat pipes with a 120 mm PWM cooling fan that provides an 800 to 1500 RPM range and a maximum airflow of 56.3 CFM.
Moving on to the Loki II, the CPU cooler features a compact form factor of 92 x 134 x 50 mm, a weight of 130 g and features three 6 mm exposed copper heat pipes and a 92 mm PWM cooling fan that offers a range of 1200 – 2800 RPM and is rated for 52 CFM.
Though Xigmatek hasn’t provided information on pricing or availability at the time of writing, we fully expect the Gaia II and Loki II to retain its predecessor’s retail prices of $30 and $25, respectively.
*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+.
We'll see how the new fin design helps with air optimization, though.