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Xigmatek Dark Knight SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler Review - Test System and Thermal Results

Xigmatek brings new life into an old cooler design with the introduction of the Dark Knight Night Hawk Edition.

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 25, 2012 4:37 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%      Manufacturer: Xigmatek

Test System and Thermal Results

 

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I would first like to thank HIS and GIGABYTE for supplying products for me to test with.

 

Testing for the CPU coolers is done with the use of RealTemp to ascertain temperatures, Intel Burn Test to deliver the load to the CPU and CPU-Z to verify the CPU speed and the voltage being used in Windows.

 

For the "stock" runs, it's more of a plug and play setup where the PWM of the motherboard is in control of the fans speeds for both the idle and load results. For the overclocked runs, I load the CPU at 4.5GHz and idle results are obtained with 7.5V to the fans while the load run is set to deliver 12V to the fans.

 

For the sound testing results, I obtain those while I am controlling the voltage at 7.5V and 12V as well. Sorry for the change in the charts again, but I got the full effect of AVX support and 104 Gflops now, so the older results don't directly apply to the results I get now.

 

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With the motherboard in control of the fan for both idle runs, I wouldn't expect much different results that what the Xigmatek delivered, it settles in the same as the rest of them.

 

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The load testing is really good for a tower of this size. Considering it is smaller than the CM TPC812 at stock and at overclocked results is saying something. It also doesn't fall far behind the much more expensive and much larger Thermalright submission either.

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