It looks like in the absence of Xigmatek and a long period over the summer of many products showing out of stock, they were up to really good things. Not only did they have the move to the US to deal with, and everything that comes with that, they were able to keep it all under control, and still offer up a new cooling solution, that while it reminds me of a few coolers from days gone by, it keeps its own identity and offers some really great performance. As the performance of their past coolers are slowly being overtaken by newer coolers to hit the shelves, unless you were on a budget, Xigmatek was being replaced as the cooler to have. With the release of the Aegir, Xigmatek is taking its platform back and offering a superior product to cool your system again.
I am also really pleased to see two things other than the cooler itself. Most importantly is the universal mounting system that no longer caters to just Intel owners, but rather offers both AMD and Intel superior mounting. During my usage I found the kit to be easy to install. Just wait to put the fans on the cooler until after the body is mounted to the board, it makes things much easier. The second factor I really liked was that Xigmatek offers not only great results, the cooler is thin enough to not impede on taller memory. I know from experience, my Dremmel has seen the bottom of a few coolers in the past. With the Aegir, there is no need.
With numbers like these I know the cooler is going to sell itself just based on this. Now, it is going to cost you a bit more than the Scythe Ninja 3 to get the Aegir, but you have to realize that the Aegir is doing it with much less intrusion to the area around it. The Ninja 3 is downright huge, and in many instances, it simply won't fit where the Aegir will. That alone is worth a bit of a premium to know the Aegir will fit up front. Going back to the traditional look of Xigmatek makes me feel a bit nostalgic, and the black fans with white LEDs offer a bit of flash and extra lighting to a windowed chassis. I think it will come down to personal taste as to which of these two coolers you are going to set into your build, and for me, I am going with Xigmatek for this decision.
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