CPU Cooler Charts 2008, Part 3 - Are Box Coolers any Good?

XP01 S2683 - Bigger Copper Core And Greater Contact Pressure

XP01 S2683

Intel realized that the Performance FMB, with its more 60+ dB(A) operating noise, would not be a viable solution for the vast majority of users. Therefore, Intel drew on the design of its retail box coolers, expanding on it to create the XP01 S2683, which featured a larger copper core. In order to further improve cooling performance, Intel also increased the cooler's contact pressure. Although this model uses the same pushpin design as its predecessors, its copper base is slightly higher, increasing the pressure with which it interfaces with the CPU. This change has been implemented in all models since.

A comparison of the smaller and larger copper cores.

Like the Performance FMB, the cooling fins of the XP01 are oriented towards the left, with the fan spinning in the opposite direction. Thanks to its enlarged copper core, the XP01 was able to cool the quad-core processor down to 84°C. Before you point out that this is higher than the Performance FMB's temperature, let us mention that it achieves this result at a much lower fan speed of only 2800 RPM, and a far more bearable noise level of 47 dB(A).

The shiny copper contact area of the XP01.

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Technical Data
CPU100% loadidle
Temperature PWM84.5°C40.5°C
Noise47 dB(A)41.1 dB(A)
Fan speed2900 RPM2250 RPM
Weight534 gramsRow 4 - Cell 2
Intel socket775Row 5 - Cell 2

  • Hugger
    I have read the 3 part article on cpu coolers a few times.
    In each part, the author shows the names of all the coolers that are included in the tests.
    Xigmatech is one of those names.
    However, I can't find test results for that cooler.
    I'm ordering parts and have read good things about the Xigmatech but wanted to read the review here too.
    Am I missing it or has it been left out?
  • bbies1973
    In other forums I have seen the dispute about the best air cooler being between three models that were not tested in here. Dissapointing because two of the manufacturer's submitted coolers for this test. The three are:
    Zalman 9700 (8700 was tested here)
    ThermalTake CL-P0401 V1 (Thermaltake was listed but I didn't see any of their products in the article)
    Third, Tuniq Tower 120. (Tuniq is a subsidiary of Sunbeam, and neither are listed as represented companies for the test.

    I would love to see a part 4 coming with these three pieces represented.
  • Sigh. I looked at this list and then looked at the lists on frostytech, and none of the products coincide... how convenient.
  • ripusheet01
    how a fanless cpu cooler be noisy? how can be sound of a fanless heatsink be measured?
  • dragunover
    This article is Bull,it doesn't list the common coolers,and he obviously used crap thermal grease.Arctic Silver 5 and a Xigmatek/Scythe/Tuniq anyone?
  • gto127
    It's strange that thermalright isn't mentioned here. They've been consistantly at the top of the cooling game for years and are included in most site cool off tests and come up on top quite frequently. Please include in future tests.
  • Twist86
    Seems like none of the best coolers are mentioned here. Just ones that are over priced/out performed by cheaper coolers.

    Zalman 9700
    Xigmatek S1283
    Tuniq Tower 120

    This review fails.