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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 03 September 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Exposed Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler
Closer Look: HDT-S1283
HDT-S1283 Detailed Features
HDT-S1283 Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Introduction: Xigmatek HDT-S1283

Heatpipes have not been an integrated part of the CPU heatsink for very long now, but the tall design with a fan fixed to the front has already been done several times over. Copper heatpipes, and later copper bases, helped reach the coolest temperatures available from air cooling, but enthusiasts didn't have to wait long for the next advancement. Xigmatek has delivered the HDT-S1283 Exposed Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler with 120mm cooling fan, and Benchmark Reviews is simply amazed by the unprecedented results.

Many manufacturers search out designs that will help them develop a product known for extraordinary performance. Benchmark Reviews has already reviewed many of the very best CPU coolers available to enthusiasts, from the very unique and original Zaward Sylphee ZCJ003 CPU Cooler to the oversized Thermaltake MaxOrb CL-P0369 CPU Cooler. Not long ago, we even reviewed the Ultra ULT33186 Chilltec TEC CPU Cooler which combined three different cooling technologies into one solution. All of these products performed very well, but none of them really set itself apart from the pack. Not until now.

Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Exposed Copper Heatpipe 120mm CPU Cooler

Utilizing a design which Zaward first introduced in the ZikaRay early February 2007 and recently reintroduced in the VIVO, Xigmatek has taken the concept and design of the exposed heatpipe cooler to a whole new level. While industry suits may dispute the rights to a design, it will be the end-users who decide who stays based on performance; not patents.

Ideally every CPU cooler should perform well, which most do. But in the age of advertising and marketing, consumers are easily mislead into believing a product will perform well just because of the company branding it. I have reviewed some very nice coolers over the summer by some of the most well known names in the industry; only to be let down by their claims of premium performance. Well, to be honest, prior to very recently I had never heard of Xigmatek before. Now just weeks later I am about to share my review of a product which deserves complete attention, and it's made by a company most consumers in the United States have never seen. Say hello to Xigmatek.

About the company: Xigmatek

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.

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 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 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.

HDT-S1283FeaturesXigmatek Company Logo

  • H.D.T. (Heat-pipe direct touch) technology
  • Anti-vibration rubber design
  • Particular spoiler design
  • 3pcs high performance U type heat-pipe
  • Light weight
  • High performance & easy installation
  • 120mm highly efficient PWM fan
  • 3 in 1 application: LGA775 push-pin/K8 & AM2 tool-less clip.

Xigmatek Specifications

  • Product Name: HDT-S1283
  • Product Number: CAC-SXHH3-U01
  • Outside Dimension (W) x (H) x (D) mm 120 x 50 x 159
  • Heat Sink Material: Aluminum Alloy
  • Fan Dimension (W) x (H) x (D) mm 120 x 120 x 25
  • Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) Fan
    • Voltage Rating (V) 12V
    • Speed (R.P.M.) 1000~2200 R.P.M.
    • Bearing Type Rifle Bearing
    • Air Flow (CFM) 72.1~99.6 CFM
    • Air Pressure (mm H2O) 2.6~4.8 mm H2O
    • Life Expectance (hrs) 50,000 hrs
    • Noise Level (dB) 20~32 dBA
    • Connector 4 Pin with PWM
    • Weight (g) 600g (w/fan)


  • All Intel Socket 775 CPU
  • Core 2 Extreme / Quad / Duo
  • Pentium Extreme Edition / D
  • Celeron D
  • All AMD Socket AM2 / 754 / 939 / 940 CPU
  • Athlon 64 / FX / X2 / Opteron / Sempron



# AMD/ CPU/BOARD LIMITSJohn Darcy 2010-02-22 14:57
I am unable to achieve those low numbers with my amd3 cpu and board. I am stuck with only one direction and it is not the same way that the intel processors have this device mounted. It is easy to install but I would like a kit possibly to be able to rotate it 90ï¿ ‚½ and it will not over lap my memory that way either plus I can exhaust the heat right out the back fan. I am able to pull air out the top but i draw air from the back side of the gpu giant asus 5870. i am sure i could bring load temps down 8 to 10C . I am at 55-57C under load after about half hour it creeps up from 51C and keeps on moving up until it levels off but the fan is at max by then and can do no more. I would like info from anyone who had more success than I do with this processor. and my good open case cooler master rc690 with plenty of fans minus one panel fan due to height of cpu cooler.
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