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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366 - Q1 2009
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme
Cooler Master V10 RR-B2P-UV10-GP
CoolIT Domino ALC
Prolimatech Megalems
Spire TherMax II SP679S1-PCI
Thermolab BARAM
Titan FENRIR TTC-NK85TZ
Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283V
Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384
Zalman CNPS9900 LED
TIM Application and Surface
Testing Methodology
Test Results: Stock Cooling Fan
Test Results: High-Output Fan
Overclocked Test Results
CPU Cooler Final Thoughts
Best CPU Cooler Conclusion

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.

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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.

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Dark Knight Features

  • H.D.T. (Heat-pipe Direct Touch) technology
  • Anti-vibration rubber design
  • High-volutme cooling fan
  • 4pcs Φ8mm high performance U type heat-pipes
  • High performance & easy installation
  • 120mm highly efficient PWM fan
  • 3 in 1 application: LGA775 push-pin/K8 & AM2 tool-less clip.

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CAC-SXHH3-U04 Specifications

  • Product Name: HDT-S1284
  • Product Number: CAC-SXHH4-U04
  • Outside Dimension (W) x (H) x (D) mm 120 x 60 x 159
  • Heat Sink Material: Aluminum Alloy
  • Fan Dimension (W) x (H) x (D) mm 120 x 120 x 25
  • Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) Fan
    • Voltage Rating (V) 12V
    • Speed (R.P.M.) 800~1500 R.P.M.
    • Bearing Type: Long Life Bearing
    • Air Flow (CFM) 56.3 CFM
    • Air Pressure (mm H2O) 1.57 mm H2O
    • Life Expectancy (hrs) 40,000 hrs
    • Noise Level (dB) 27.2 dBA
    • Connector 4 Pin with PWM
    • Weight (g) 660g (w/fan)



 

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# Fans die quickKameal Celestee 2012-04-04 06:48
Had one of these and whilst they work well the fans didn't last more than a year, first one went down and then the other a few weeks later.
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