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CPU Cooler Charts 2008: Part 4

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.

cpu heatsink cooler

CPU100% LoadIdle
Temperature63 °C36 °C
Noise43.2 dB(A)36 dB(A)
Fan Speed2,050 RPM1,130 RPM
Weight712g
Intel Compat.LGA775
AMD Compat.AM2/AM2+939/940

  • Proximon
    Interesting review! Good to see so many factors presented so well. Someone needs to build a data base for what cooler fits in which case and MB though... I understand there are some problems with the Xigmatek blocking Dimm slot 0 when placed correctly for dual-core, on some boards... If so would likely apply to other 120MM coolers.
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  • kelfen
    Interesting, It is pretty cool how you kept track of the data :)
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  • Hehe, this review makes me feel great, I bought this cooler about three months ago, for about $30 after rebate on Newegg, and its good to see I made not only the right choice, but the BEST choice POSSIBLE, as far as my bang for my buck!
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  • Ogdin
    That xigmatek gets even better when you put a decent fan on it too.
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  • leo2kp
    I use the Thermaltake Big Typhoon and I never see it anymore on charts, but I understand it to be nearly as good as the Zalman 9700LED. My CPU idles at 30C and sits at 50C fully loaded (1st gen E6600 @ 3GHz), although I am using an upgraded fan. Anyway, I think the Big Typhoon should have been tested too =D
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  • 00mike000
    who agrees that toms hardware should make a CPU and or VGA coolers chart to go in the chart section would be a great way to compare the majority of coolers out there
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  • JPForums
    The temperatures are a bit higher than my experiences would suggest. However, they seem to be consistent so there is really no issue. It's probably just a difference in how the temperatures are measured and the calibration of my equipment. Still it would be interesting to see the variation in temperatures measured using several different methods.

    I agree with mike, CPU/VGA cooler charts would be useful.
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  • martel80
    JPForumsThe temperatures are a bit higher than my experiences would suggest. However, they seem to be consistent so there is really no issue. It's probably just a difference in how the temperatures are measured and the calibration of my equipment. Still it would be interesting to see the variation in temperatures measured using several different methods.I agree with mike, CPU/VGA cooler charts would be useful.Calibration of equipment? Several different methods? Dude, match the room temperature in the first place. LOL
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  • schwally
    I put a scythe fan in mine that runs at a higher rpm, and nearly inaudible decibels. Keeps it cooler and quieter. My one problem with the cooler is the push pins. I know they sell the backing seperate, but it would be nice if it was all one. Anywho...
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  • truehighroller
    I think the Thermalright extreme would beat them all why is it not used here?
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