|Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384 CPU Cooler|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 18 February 2009|
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Thor's Hammer S126384 Heatsink Review
Overclockers are always looking for the best CPU cooler made, and Benchmark Reviews has taken a new approach to determining this for them in every Cooling article we publish. Most enthusiasts are already very familiar with the Vendetta 2, TRUE, and HDT-S1283, but the landscape is going to change with the Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384 CPU cooler. Benchmark Reviews compares the top coolers using the Yate Loon D12SH-12 and Kaze SlipStream 120 on an overclocked and over-volted Intel Core i7-920 Processor.
Xigmatek has been quick to release several new products lately, all of which offer a twist on their popular HDT-S1283 design. The latest designs all still offer HDT (Heat-pipe Direct Touch) architecture, but they introduce new features which set them apart from the large product family. Specific to the CAC-SXHH7-U01 product SKU, Xigmatek introduces a double-layer HDT design with overlapping rods. Thor's Hammer is not meant for the average system, as its designed to perform best under extremely high thermal loads. With a few benchmarks to prove the initial claims, we will soon see how well the S126384 performs.
In this article, which is meant to tide over some of the hard-core enthusiasts before we publish the upcoming Best CPU Cooler Performance - Q1 2009 round-up, Benchmark Reviews will add a moderate overclock to the Core i7 and use two different enthusiast-grade fans. While the difference from 2.66 to 3.33GHz offers a moderate overclock, the increase in voltage to 1.35V helps simulate higher overclocks without compromising our test system (which must successfully test over twenty coolers without a hardware problem).
New to Xigmatek CPU coolers is the included bolt-through kit. Since the Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384 includes a Crossbow ACK-I7363 mounting kit with it, we decided to offer the same benefits to the other coolers in our test collection. Thermalright still uses the cumbersome screw-down kit for their Ultra-120 eXtreme, but we've added the ACK-I7361 to the OCZ Vendetta 2. In addition to the high-pressure mounting clip systems, our tests will also ignore stock fan results; primarily because the CAC-SXHH7-U01 kit doesn't come with one, and neither does the TRUE. OCZ includes a rather mundane low-noise fan with the OCZTVEND2, but it doesn't compare to the Kaze SlipStream 120 or Yate Loon D12SH-12 we tested with.
About the company: Xigmatek Co., Ltd.
XIGMATEK, a European company, was established in 2005 with the aim of becoming one of the world leaders in the Thermal field. In XIGMATEK, the major members of management have many years experience in Thermal industry, PC, manufacturing and other applications. With our fruitful experience, we have full confidence that we can provide not only the best, reliable, environmental and performing Thermal/Cooling systems but excellent service also to fulfill global user demand.
Purpose and targets of becoming one of the worlds leaders in thermal PC Industry were set for Xigmatek Co. Ltd in 2005, the founding year! To ensure reaching this project aim, Xigmatek's management followed up with hard work, experience and customer friendly business style.
Honing one of the world's most efficient manufacturing operations, Integration Presence in major economic regions, being tied up with most important strategic alliances between suppliers and academia and further majority investments in R&D are some of Xigmatek's aggressive enhancement strategies.
Combining the cream of product designers, R&D engineers and technical people (main team in Germany) Xigmatek is proud and full of confidence to offer excellent quality products and service to cover the customers requirements and demands. Within the standard channels as the consumer market and the distributing electrical appliances, Xigmatek will keep on focusing on development and set up even new sales channels to comply with ever-changing demands and requirements. Several years of experiences company background in Thermal IT industry provides our customer the best, reliable, environmental and performing Thermal/Cooling Systems including excellent Service to fulfill global users and customers demands.