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Xigmatek Balder SD1283 HDT CPU Cooler - Test System & Testing Results

Xigmatek rethinks the S1283 coolers and offers us an enhanced version. Let's see if they made the right adjustments.

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 30, 2009 9:21 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Xigmatek

Test System & Test Results


TweakTown uses a different method for testing CPU heatsinks which allows for an even playing field across all product tests. We feel that by using the same ambient temperature and strict lab-like testing procedures we are able to accurately compare one product to another. More information on our testing procedure can be found in the T.E.C.C. article here.

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Compared with just other Xigmateks on the list, the Balder plays right in where I would have expected it. It is just a touch behind the Dark Knight, which uses a similar fan and has a bit more surface area. I have to say Xigmatek did a nice job eliminating fin area and still keeping performance on par.


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I hate to keep using the word typical, but the noise levels of the accompanying 89 CFM fan is right where it should be, so I guess I should use 'expected' for my results over typical. I do wish Xigmatek would have sent a second fan for testing the push/pull effectiveness. I would imagine you can get another two degrees at least with a second matching fan.


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