Sitting here thinking about what it is that I like about the Prime SD1484, there really isn't much not to like. On the basic level, it handled my processor just fine and did so with very little noise to the environment. The hardware is the best kit I have seen released from Xigmatek. Not only do you receive a simple to use system, there is the consideration of the AMD socket orientations, leaving any AMD user the option of using the cooler and blowing the air out the back of the case, versus the top. On a more advanced level, I have to say that Xigmatek delivered us a cooler with an ingenious fin design, but what kills me is why on earth should more air come out the sides of the cooler than the rear? In my humble opinion, I do believe this cooler design would greatly benefit from a closed side design, but then again, it would likely raise the price as well.
As for the cooling, I did like the selection of 140mm fan for the Prime. Typically that is the easiest way to reduce noise levels on a 120mm style tower cooler, but Xigmatek made sure to use silent ones. I'm not sure if my motherboard sensor is off, if it was a bad report from AIDA64, or a typo in the specifications, but I am left wondering how a 1200 RPM fan is capable of 1300 RPM. But I will go with the fact that it is likely very close to that 90CFM rating. With two fans on the Prime, I felt it was more at home, as in this cooler is really designed to have two fans on it. Not only did it decrease the amount of air flow lost out the sides of the cooler, I was able to reduce the overall CPU temperature by an additional two degrees. The one major thing lacking in this push/pull setup is an adapter of some sort to control both fans off of one header so that PWM could still be used.
With the minor issues that I could come up with, it still wasn't enough for me to not recommend you to buy this cooler. I used to recommend the Swiftech Polaris 120 as a cooler in this price range, but the fan on that cooler is much louder. With the MSRP set at $55, the pricing goes head to head with Swiftech again, so with the same results, I will opt for the more silent cooler of the two, which in this case is the Prime SD1484. It will be a couple weeks until you can get your own, but I do think the wait is worth it. Xigmatek has delivered me a cooler that could go down as a legend in gaming in silence, especially for Xigmatek. This is definitely a big step forward for them and I can't wait to see what they come up with next!
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