Page 1:Can Low-Cost Coolers Compete?
Page 2:Xigmatek HDT S1283: Cool, Not Quiet
Page 3:Xigmatek XP S964: You Get What You Pay For
Page 4:Scythe's Mugen: A Fair Deal
Page 5:Verax Helado 2 PWM-T: Simply Too Expensive
Page 6:Zalman CNPS9700 LED: The Reference Cooler
Page 7:Coolink Silentator: Licensed by Noctua
Page 8:Tom's Hardware Performance Results
Page 9:Cooling Performance
Page 11:Weight and Fan Speed
Page 12:Conclusion: Xigmatek Snags the Recommended Buy Award
Xigmatek HDT S1283: Cool, Not Quiet
All coolers belonging to Xigmatek’s HDT-series have heatpipes that are in direct contact with the CPU. The manufacturer calls this design "Heatpipe Direct Touch."
The HDT S1283 stands out due to its enormous size. Its three heatpipes conduct the heat to aluminum fins cooled by a 120mm fan.
The installation is quick and easy using pushpins that are attached to the cooler by two screws. The motherboard does not have to be removed for this procedure - the pushpins are easy enough to reach as long as the fan is not mounted. If you want to unlock the pushpins with a screwdriver in order to unmount the cooler, the fan can also be removed fairly easily. An attachable “spoiler” ensures that all components on the motherboard (for example, the voltage regulator) receive sufficient airflow as well.
We were pleasantly surprised by the heatsink’s cooling performance. Under full load we measured a temperature of 63 °C on our quad-core processor, ranking the cooler slightly above our previous top model, the Thermalright IFX-14. At the same time, however, we also measured a noise level of 43 dB(A), which is rather high. With the CPU idle, CPU temperature fell to around 36 °C with a noise level close to 38 dB(A), making the cooler practically inaudible.
Offering very good cooling performance at a relatively modest price of just under $40, this cooler can be considered a real bargain.
|Temperature||63 °C||36 °C|
|Noise||43.2 dB(A)||36 dB(A)|
|Fan Speed||2,050 RPM||1,130 RPM|
- Can Low-Cost Coolers Compete?
- Xigmatek HDT S1283: Cool, Not Quiet
- Xigmatek XP S964: You Get What You Pay For
- Scythe's Mugen: A Fair Deal
- Verax Helado 2 PWM-T: Simply Too Expensive
- Zalman CNPS9700 LED: The Reference Cooler
- Coolink Silentator: Licensed by Noctua
- Tom's Hardware Performance Results
- Cooling Performance
- Weight and Fan Speed
- Conclusion: Xigmatek Snags the Recommended Buy Award