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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 09 October 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best CPU Cooler Performance - Q3 2008
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Cooler Master Geminii S
Cooler Master V8
Coolink Silentator
Evercool Transformer 6
OCZ Gladiator Max
Thermaltake V14 Pro
Vantec AeroFlow FX 120
Xigmatek Apache EP-CD901
Xigmatek HDT-S1284
Zalman CNPS9300 AT
Zaward Gyre ZCJ010
TIM Application and Surface
Testing Methodology
Test Results: Stock Cooling Fan
Test Results: High-Output Fan
CPU Cooler Final Thoughts
Best of Q3 2008 Conclusion

Xigmatek Apache EP-CD901

Apache CD901, mighty and powerful CPU cooler, not only can it meet your basic requirement, but even beyond what you can imagine of "Entry level". Apache is with large dissipating area and powerful 90mm PWM fan to provide outstanding and efficient performance. The transparent colorific fan is used to make Apache CD901 more value added.

I can probably guess what you're thinking: what is an entry level cooler doing in the "Best CPU Cooler Performance" series? I'm wondering the same thing. You see, my contact at Xigmatek claimed that the Apache has been reported to perform very well in overclocked systems, and so far there's never been a reason to doubt him. This could be the first...

The EP-CD901 features a very similar design to the basic Intel thermal cooling unit that comes with their retail processors. The mounting system is better, because Xigmatek uses a clamp system to improve the contact pressure. The fan is bigger and looks nicer (orange is a favorite), but overall the Apache still remains very much like the cooler it's meant to replace as an upgrade.


Looks can also be deceiving. The contact base of the Apache is very different from most coolers we've seen and tested. On the Xigmatek Apache, each and every piece of aluminum that makes up the heatsink fins comes together in the center to form a compressed contact surface. I realize that the image below isn't highest quality, but what you're seeing is close to sixty thin aluminum fins pressed together and bolted tight to form the coolers contact surface. While the concept is interesting enough, we'll soon see if this in ingenious or just simply Xigmatek cutting corners on cost. At the time of this writing, the Xigmatek Apache EP-CD901 was found at NewEgg for $16.99.


EP-CD901 Specifications

  • Product Name: Apache EP-CD901
  • Product Number: CAC-D9IA0-U01
  • Cover Material: Aluminum
    • Fan
      • Dimension 92 (L) x 92 (W) x 25 (H) mm
      • Voltage Rating 12V
      • Input Current 0.18A (Max)
      • Speed 1200~2500±10% R.P.M.
      • Air Flow 61.25 CFM
      • Bearing Type Sleeve Bearing
      • Life Expectancy 30000 hrs
  • Weight: 285g
  • Dimension: 112 (L) x 110 (W) x 57 (H) mm
  • Noise Level: 28 dBA
  • Thermal Resistance: 0.23° /W


About the company: Xigmatek Co., Ltd.

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 aims, Xigmateks management followed up with hard work, experiences 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 Xigmateks aggressive incensement 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 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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