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.
unlocking the forth core and still overclocking to 3.6Ghz is just great! I'm getting jealous because my 4th core is broken.
I'm looking forward to the value comparison.
4 cores, 3.2Ghz, 13,000 3dmark points.
Great bang-for-buck system.
Would it be possible to make a 3-way comparison of systems at the same price (for example, $1000)? One could be an AMD-based system, another an Intel-based, and a third maybe a graphics-heavy monster, or a MicroATX system (to see how much performance you sacrifice to stay in $1000 and fit a small form factor).
This processor is a beast for the price...Really Impressed
Except for the CPU cooler, you usually sacrifice nothing to go Micro ATX. Tom's Hardware even did a micro-ATX SBM...where the Core i7 system sucked because it had to use the stock cooler. You can find semi-small micro-ATX cases that fit mid-sized coolers.
Antec also makes a MICRO ATX MID TOWER which REALLY sux since it misses the point of Micro ATX completely, so I don't want to hear about that one.
And of course there's Micro ATX mini-towers with the same layout as full-ATX. You get all the performance of ATX and the big cooler, with a case that's around 14-15" tall.
My argument was not that they should do a $500-$1000-$2000 comparison of uATX builds - they did this. I was suggesting doing a $1000intel - $1000amd - $1000uATX comparison.