Product: Xigmatek HDT-S1284
Company: Xigmatek
Authour: James 'caveman-jim' Prior
Editor: Charles 'Lupine' Oliver
Date: August 9th, 2009
Xigmatek HDT-S1284 Review

Xigmatek
Xigmatek
Following on from our recent Xigmatek HDT-S1283 review, we're now going to look at another of Xigmatek's tower heatpipe coolers: the HDT-S1284.

Xigmatek is a relatively new company, founded in 2005 with the desire to become the leader in PC cooling. To achieve this goal, the company leveraged an efficient manufacturing process with a German research and development team, with strong ties in academia as well as strategic alliances with suppliers. Xigmatek's goal is to continue to innovate and deliver value to their customers, by providing top quality products with great performance and design.

After their initial innovative heat-pipe direct touch technology based CPU coolers, Xigmatek have expanded their range to include computer chassis and power supplies. The company's philosophy of innovation and refinement gave rise to the first improvement on the HDT series of coolers, the HDT-S1284.

Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Heat Sink & Fan
Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Heat Sink & Fan
Xigmatek XLF-F1253 Fan
Xigmatek XLF-F1253 Fan
AMD Stock Heat Sink & Fan
AMD Stock Heat Sink & Fan

Test Methods & Configuration

The test system used included an AMD Phenom II 940 BE and Biostar TA790GXB A2+ AM2+ motherboard. The system was enclosed, using an Antec 300 chassis fitted with an Antec Earthwatts 430 PSU. In the spirit of real-world tests, the benchmarks were performed in the system's previous location under my desk. The test configuration was the same as previously used in our Xigmatek HDT-S1283 review, which you can read more about here.

AMD Stock HSF
AMD Stock HSF
As before, we established a baseline temperature reading at idle for 10 minutes and then used Prime95 2.58 x64 to run four threads of in-place large FFT tests to load up the CPU. The same run time of 30 minutes was observed, and a 10 minute cool down period after terminating the run. We used Lavalys Everest to record CPU temperatures and CPU core temperatures. The results graphs were generated from the raw data by taking minute apart samples for the five minutes preceding the initiation of Prime95, during, and for ten minutes after.

Like before we also swapped out the stock Xigmatek packaged fan for the XLF-F1253, to see if any differences could be observed. Lets look at what the HDT-S1284 offers over the stock cooler, and its stable mate the HDT-S1283.


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