|Xigmatek Achilles Plus SD1484 Heatsink|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 14 February 2011|
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CPU Cooler Final Thoughts and Conclusion
There's really only so much you can do to improve the performance of an air cooler. After testing a couple of dozen coolers for Benchmark Reviews, I think the important points are:
There are probably other significant factors like the internal design of the heat pipes, but these three are some of the most important. It's interesting to watch the design variations manufacturers come up with to trade off various factors. For example, the Cooler Master V6 GT is, like this Xigmatek prototype, a relatively "thin" cooler compared to the Thermalright Venomous X or ProlimaTech Super Mega, but Cooler Master compensates for this by pushing more air through the cooler using dual high-speed fans.
The Achilles Plus SD1484 Prototype Sample seems to be physically very similar to Xigmatek's existing Achilles II SD 1284 cooler; it has 46 fins instead of 52, but the oversize appears roughly the same and both units use the large 8mm diameter heat pipes. The SD1484 prototype's heat pipes seem to expose more surface area to the CPU than do the heat pipes of the 1284, judging from photos on Xigmatek's web site, but without actually measuring them it's hard to be sure.
As I noted earlier, the "fit and finish" of the prototype was rather rough, but its performance was quite good. The existing Achilles II SD1284 cooler can be found for under $50 with an 85CFM fan, if the Achilles Plus SD1484 comes in near this price, it'll offer an excellent price/performance ratio and should definitely be something to consider if you're in the market for a high-performance air cooler.
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