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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 06 January 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best CPU Cooler Performance AMD Socket AM3 Preview
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Scythe Kabuto SCKBT-1000
Scythe Mugen-2 SCMG-2000
Spire TherMax II
Titan FENRIR TTC-NK85TZ
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
Xigmatek Thor's Hammer
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 PWM Premium
Cooler Surface Preparations
Cooler Test Methodology
Test Results: Stock Cooling Fan
Test Results: High-Output Fan

Xigmatek Thor's Hammer

Our first look at the Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384 reveals a complex array of densely double-stacked fins atop a double-layer of heat-pipe rods. The finish is comprised of a black nickel coating, which makes the S126384 surprisingly heavy at 800 grams (before mounting clip brackets). Xigmatek doesn't include a fan, because they feel that this is their flagship cooler and it should be matched with a premium after-market fan of the overclockers choice. While the CAC-SXHH7-U01 kit comes with enough rubber retaining plugs for two fans, we will compare our group with on one forward mounted fan blowing to the rear of the case.

The concept behind the S126384 is that it relies on ultra-heavy thermal loading to take advantage of its double-layer heatpipe architecture. Because of the very dense fins array, and the four-pipe contact base, Thor's Hammer is really best suited for larger AMD Phenom II and Intel Core i7 processors which feature a larger IHS (Integrated Heat Spreader) surface area. We tested the group on the Core i7/X58 platform, but in retrospect the AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition probably would have been more fun and offer a better contact surface with the enlarged base of these coolers.

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All forty-nine of the blackened aluminum-alloy fins are met by the seven heat-pipe rods, which turn into fourteen different heat-pipe cooling ends. Because of the staggered fins array, high overclocks could potentially see better cooling from the static pressure a 120x120x35mm fan can provide. The 120x120x25mm profile is standard for most Xigmatek coolers, but don't feel limited to using this profile if your case can afford the space. The total width with two (120x120x)25mm fans is 140mm, which is slightly longer than the width, but adding 35's would make this a very long cooler.

The Thor's Hammer S126384 is meant to compete with the most elite CPU coolers known to the industry, but that's what every product we test pretends to claim. In our next few sections, we'll peek at how well the S126384 does against the very best LGA1366 CPU coolers. At the time of this article, the Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384 kit was available at NewEgg for $64.99.

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Thor's Hammer S126384 Features

  • H.D.T. (Heat-pipe Direct Touch) technology
  • Double-layer HDT and double-heatpipe performance
  • Black-Nickel plating throughout the entire cooler
  • Anti-vibration rubber fan mounting design
  • Includes Crossbow ACK-I7363 bolt-through mounting kit
  • Passive cooler design with optional fan installation for extra cooling

CAC-SXHH7-U01 Specifications

  • Product Name: Thor's Hammer S126384
  • Product Number: CAC-SXHH7-U01
  • Outside Dimension (W) x (H) x (D) mm 120 x 90 x 160
  • Heat Sink Material: Aluminum Alloy
  • 4pcs Φ8mm Primary heat-pipe group
  • 3pcs Φ6mm Secondary heat-pipe group

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About 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. Xigmatek Company Logo

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.



 

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# RE: Best CPU Cooler Performance AMD Socket AM3 PreviewTFT 2010-02-17 17:11
Elements Thermal Conductance Research has not completed yet.
It lack the elements release rate into the air when heat stop provided to the element.
Nor has the chill factor when contacted with a reference element/cooper.
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# PaulyPaul Letteri 2010-03-12 05:29
Hello It would be most helpfull of listing what motherboards would work with these based on experience and feedback. also the dimentions espially from the mount to under the 1st fin for many of us with denominator type memory have problems with clearance .
I would also like to mention I have a 770usb3 Gigabyte board and it is very disturbing that their engineers did not give a least 65mm from center of the cpu for the % is very high for coolers with 120mm fans
especially for over clockers such as myself. thank you and good work on your testing reports , Paul.
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