|Xigmatek Achilles Plus SD1484 Heatsink|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 15 February 2011|
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Xigmatek Achilles Plus SD1484 Heatsink Prototype
One of the benefits of testing computer hardware is that you occasionally get to look at a new product before it's introduced to the market. In my time at Benchmark Reviews, I've been fortunate enough to be able to review computer cases and CPUs before they were generally available (or in some cases, before they were even announced). Recently Benchmark Reviews was given the opportunity to evaluate a prototype of Xigmatek's forthcoming Achilles Plus SD1484 CPU cooler, and I tested it to compare performance against a variety of air and water coolers.
While all-in-one water coolers have become more popular recently, their performance in most cases still can't compete with that of the best air coolers. Air cooling will remain the norm for most rigs, and as Intel and AMD transition to 32nm and smaller processes, the amount of heat their CPUs produce will go down, as we've seen with testing of Intel's Sandy Bridge processors, which even when heavily overclocked simply don't require the likes of a ProlimaTech Megahalems to keep them cool.
The sample Benchmark Reviews received is, officially, a "Xigmatek Achilles Plus SD1484 Prototype Sample". There was no retail box, fans, fan mounts, or even marketing specifications, so all we can do is show you pictures and report the performance we observed.
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Xigmatek.
Normally, we'd put the product's official specifications and features here, but we have none, so let's get on with the closer look and performance testing.