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Old Aug 10, 2009, 01:00 AM   #1
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Cooling Rage3D Review: Xigmatek HDT-S1284 HSF

Behold, the caveman cometh, this time armed with a Xigmatek HDT-S1284!

Following our recent Xigmatek HDT-S1283 review, we take a look at another of their tower heatpipe coolers - the HDT-S1284, a four heatpipe monster that looks nicely positioned to improve upon the performance of its older triple piped brother.

Rage3D Review: Xigmatek HDT-S1284 HSF
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Two reviews from Jim in two weeks? Fantastic!

Lupine, I posted a notice on the front page, as well.
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Nice avatar, Lupi!

What, still no Mugen 2 review from the caveman?
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You were pondering about the small performance difference between 3 and 4 heatpipe Xigmatek coolers.

You could do this:
Take both coolers and seat them on CPU with thermal paste. Compare the CPU footprint on each coolers base after that. It might be that the 4 heatpipe versions 2 outer heatpipes miss the area of the cores completely and cooling is mostly done by the two middle heatpipes.
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Interesting suggestion. It would be very dependant on mounting orientation and on processor archictecture, too. The result would only be applicable to that generation and family of processors, I think.
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I just checked the contact between OCZ Vendetta (rebranded Xigmatek) and A64 X2 5000+ in my parents PC. Seems like 3 heatpipes is enough to cover entire heatspreader so 4 heatpipes with 2 having only partial contact with HS might not help cooling that much. IIRC 6mm heatpipes can transfer around 60W of heat each so even the increased heat transfer capacity might not help much with Xigmateks direct touch design because 3 heatpipes are more than enough for most of the CPUs on market. When overclocking a monster CPU like Phenom II X4 965 BE the 4 heatpipes should help when the CPU power consumption starts nearing 200W.
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