|Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366 - Q1 2009|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 17 March 2009|
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Dark Knight S1283V
Xigmatek has been quick to release several new products lately, all of which are a twist of their popular HDT-S1283 design. Not more than nine months ago we tested the Xigmatek Achilles S1284, which was a semi-successful product with four large 8mm copper heat-pipes. Many overclocking enthusiasts were expecting this product to exceed the performance of the original HDT-S1283, however the "Achilles" was not without its flaws - which (ironically) were literally in the heel of the cooler. Xigmatek took notes from Benchmark Reviews and other sources, and has re-released the design under the new Dark Knight S1283 name.
With the Dark Knight S1283, there are a few standout features that immediately caught my eye. The first of which is the black nickel-plated heat-pipes, followed by blackened aluminum fins. There's no arguing that the Dark Knight is a better-looking clone of the original HDT-S1283, but there are still some performance enhancements to be found if you look for them. To begin with, the fan included with the CAC-SXHH3-U04 kit is made of a firm acrylic material, which offers a little more airflow when compared to the original fan design.
Xigmatek normally offers their CrossBow bolt-through mounting kits (ACK-L7751 fits three-pipe systems, and ACK-L7753 fits four-pipe coolers for the LGA775 socket), they have decided to make the Dark Knight S1283V a truly impressive enthusiast kit and include the CrossBow ACK-I7361 kit to fit both LGA1366 and LGA775 sockets.
As of March 2009 the CAC-SXHH3-U04 kit sells for $39.99 at NewEgg, and this is a very reasonable price considering the proven performance of the HDT-S1283 and included CrossBow ACK-I7361 mounting system. Benchmark Reviews has tested the Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283V with both the included cooling fan and a single Yate Loon D12SH-12 (88 CFM @ 40 dbA) for comparison.
Dark Knight Features