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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 05 August 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366 Q2-2009
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Cooler Master Hyper N620
Kingwin XT-1264
Prolimatech Megahalems
Scythe Zipang 2
Thermaltake ISGC-300 CLP0539
Thermaltake ISGC-400
Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme
Cooler Surface Preparations
Cooler Test Methodology
Test Results: Stock Cooling Fan
Test Results: High-Output Fan
Overclocked Test Results
CPU Cooler Final Thoughts
Best CPU Cooler Conclusion

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.


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.


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


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.



# Backing platebruce h storm 2010-06-01 16:53

What was the backing plate you used on the Prolimatech Megahalem . Was it the Xigmatek ACK-I5361 Intel Core i7/Core i5 compatible Bracket Set or Xigmatek ACK-I5363 Intel Core i7/Core i5 compatible Bracket Set
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# RE: Backing plateOlin Coles 2010-06-01 17:45
The ProlimaTech Megahalems has its own backplate that comes with the heatsink, and is far superior to the Xigmatek versions. Take a look at the full review that's linked in this article.
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# Is the backplate required?Ben 2010-07-01 07:07
If I buy the Megahalems will I need the backplate if I'm going to use it on a 1366 Socket?
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# RE: Is the backplate required?Olin Coles 2010-07-01 07:08
The 1366 backplate is already included in the kit.
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# RE:Ben 2010-07-01 10:28
I mean will I have to use it or it will go on to the 1336 socket without the backplate?
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# RE: RE:Olin Coles 2010-07-01 10:37
You will need to use it... and I recommend that you read the full review here:
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