While I may still think this is a rehash with a cool coasting applied and introduced under a name that is a bit misleading, in the end I really think the cooler has won me over.
I mean if I started reviewing coolers this year, hadn't already seen the Balder and wasn't into the large coolers that other manufacturers are offering, this sleek looking cooler does hang with the competition well for the size of it and with more money left in your pocket if you went with this latest submission from Xigmatek. From beginning to end, I was really left only grasping straws that I had already seen this design, from Xigmatek and under a different name. Essentially at this point if the word Balder had been used I would have nothing to complain about at all.
In more specific terms, the mounting was relatively easy to use and with the thin build of the Night Hawk Edition of the Dark Knight, using the supplied wrench to secure the cooler was easy to do. The rest of the install was basically thumbscrews and some rubber fan mounts that work as intended with no issues to speak of either.
As for the performance and sound levels, well it kept up with the much better appointed CM TPC812 with less surface area, due to the flat black ceramic coating. As for the noise levels, well they are better than any Xigmatek cooler I have tested in the past and the noise levels didn't get out of hand while accomplishing this. There is also the huge benefit that this Xigmatek cooler doesn't cause much of an issue with your memory and that is an issue with most others on these charts.
The one thing that will get most buyer attention is the relatively low cost of the Dark Knight Night Hawk Edition cooler. Most of the coolers tested along with this Xigmatek are in the $80-100 price range and on an even plain is the Cooler Master. Tying the results of the TPC 812 is something that sort of made me think something was wrong, but multiple runs, even a retest of the CM cooler showed me these results are spot on. Considering you can get this cooler delivered to your door for around $54 dollars, I can't see many buyers passing up this option in tower cooling.
It has the looks, the price and the performance to make it well worth your attention, even if it isn't exactly and entirely "new", Xigmatek is onto something with this design and ceramic coating combination.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [Xigmatek Dark Knight SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU cooler]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Test System and Thermal Results]
- Page 8 [Noise Level Results]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Monster Hunter Nintendo Direct incoming
- AMD drops price on Radeon RX 460, RX 470 graphics cards
- Google's new Pixel is easy to repair, even the screen
- 4K 120Hz is on its way to VR headsets with Onix VR
- PlayStation VR launches in Japan: over 51K units sold
- Independence Day Resurgence 4K Blu-ray Review
- Battlefield 1 Multiplayer Gameplay Thoughts
- GA-PH67A-UD3-B3 Resume fail after suspend with Linux
- h61m-dgs gigabyte not see DDR_A1
- BSI3H-6100 long time to post
- Eurocom launches the ultrathin 15.6' Sky M5 R2 VR Ready gaming laptop with Intel Core i7 6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5), 4G LTE support, 64 GB DDR4 memory, 6 TB SSD storage
- ENERMAX releases Steelwing aluminum case
- ENERMAX Platimax D.F. PSU is available now
- ENERMAX launches Revolution Duo power supply with DUOFlowTM design for active ventilation
- Razer unveils new Razer Blade Pro gaming notebook