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Xigmatek Achilles S1284C CPU Cooler - The Xigmatek Achilles S1284C

The last of the trio gets tested from Xigmatek. This time we are testing the Achilles S1284C with optional i7 mounting hardware.

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 3, 2009 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: Xigmatek

The Xigmatek Achilles S1284C

 

Xigmatek Achilles S1284C CPU Cooler

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Here we get a good frontal view of the Achilles. From the bottom, you can see the aluminium base that surrounds and holds the four, 8mm, nickel plated heat-pipes. These heat-pipes take the heat to fifty-four fins to await the removal from the airflow created by the fan.

 

Xigmatek Achilles S1284C CPU Cooler

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Looking at the Achilles from the side, you can start to see the fin edge design. You can also get a better look at the nickel plated heat-pipes and how they travel through the cooler.

 

Xigmatek Achilles S1284C CPU Cooler

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The top view of the Achilles shows the design of the fins really clearly. As with almost all of Xigmatek's tower coolers, these nickel plated heat-pipes protrude the top fin as well. On the bottom left and right are the anti-vibration fan mounting grooves we are accustomed to seeing on a Xigmatek cooler.

 

Xigmatek Achilles S1284C CPU Cooler

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The H.D.T. technology that Xigmatek is so proud of is shown here. The milling process was done after the 8mm pipes were plated in this instance, exposing the copper cores. This base is overall flat and level, but the gaps in this version do tend to absorb a bit more thermal compound than most if you use a blob of TIM and allow the cooler to do the spreading. It's recommended that a thin layer is applied to both the CPU and the Achilles.

 

Xigmatek Achilles S1284C CPU Cooler

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This is a close up look at the 120mm fan that is included with the Achilles. Judging by the fan specs of 61 CFM, along with the rest, I have to assume this is the same fan that comes with the Red Scorpion S1283. This orange bladed, white LED fan is an attractive addition to both coolers, though. On the very left side you can see that this fan is powered by a 4-pin, PWM controlled fan connector.

 

Xigmatek Achilles S1284C CPU Cooler

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This is a good view of the coverage of the fins that Xigmatek coolers provide. By maximizing the amount of exposed fins to the fan, it greatly enhances the cooling performance.

 

Xigmatek Achilles S1284C CPU Cooler

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The last view of the cooler completed before I start my testing. Once again, you can see how well the fan covers from top to bottom. The anti-vibration fan mounts are easily installed and hold the fan securely and quietly.

 

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