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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.

By: | 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.



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.




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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