|Item model number||GAIA SD1283|
|Item Weight||1.9 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||6.5 x 8 x 3.5 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||6.5 x 8 x 3.5 inches|
Xigmatek Desktop Computer Heatsink Cooling Fan GAIA SD1283
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- H.D.T. (Heat-pipe direct touch) technology
- Anti-vibration rubber design.
- 120mm highly efficient PWM fan.
- Intel LGA775/ 1156/ 1366/ 1155/ 2011 & AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2
- Dual fan capable
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Versatile for either Intel or AMD processors and comes with mounting hardware for both. Mine's an AMD Phenom 1090T in an MSI 990xa-GD55 motherboard inside a CoolerMaster HAF912 case. The case gives plenty of clearance for the heatsink and all I was concerned with was the space over the 1st RAM slot. It was close, but the GSkill Sniper stick fits and the heatsink fan just barely touches it.
Mounted the heatsink and fan prior to installing the motherboard in the case because (here's the downside) attaching the fan with the rubber anti-vibration pins isn't easy. You have to be forceful but careful at the same time (fins are sharp).
Used Noctua NF-14 grease on the CPU and temps via CPUID Hardware Monitor idle in the high 20's. You can do a push-pull config fan-wise, but one is enough and quiet too. Recommended.
had to take the motherboard out and replace the mounts from the heatsink that came with the chip. that was not expected and a real pain.
and the fan attaches to the heatsink by shoving rubber pegs into the metal fins on the heatsink. not what I would call a stable, permanent mount.
but so far, it is running cool and quiet. so it's doing its job.
That program will easily take your CPU up to a 100% and keep it there as it runs, you guessed it, prime number functions etc...
By doing that and getting your cpu hot hot hot you'll be able to fully test your heat sink. Held my i5 3570k to sub 54 deg C for over 15 mins before i stopped it. Granted the Cougar CF-V12HPB fans in push pull setup, but i know that this heat sink is allowing those high quality, high airflow fans to do their job. The rubber isolators connect securely to the radiator fins and keept the fans quiet.The direct contact heat pipes really helps shuttle the heat quickly from processor to heat sink fins.
I used Artic Silver Silver Thermal Cooling Paste instead of the stuff that comes with it, fyi.
Easy-Medium installation difficulty, but as with any larger heatsink (its about 140mm tall, from the MB to the top of the heatsink) you have to follow all the very clear instructions to accomplish a correct installation.
I don't have any bench marking data but I can tell you that playing battlefield 3 on high settings my cpu has not gone over 40c. Borderlands 2 it never goes over 35c. I've seen it idle as low as 19c.
Installation was nice. You do have to install a back plate for every socket except for the LGA 2011. But don't let that sway you, it's super easy as long as you don't rage through the process. Just take your time. Once you get it mounted it's a VERY solid mount. Might hang over your ram, but shouldn't be a problem unless you have high profile ram. Also includes extra fan mounts for another 120mm fan if you want to do push pull.
The instructions could be be better, but they could be a lot worse. Same with the included thermal paste. I would also recommend a pair of needle nose pliers for the rubber fan mounts. And a screwdriver.
Cant think of any real cons. Solid product.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good for builds that run cool. Go with something bigger if you are going to overclock.Published 6 months ago by Dustin
Its a 120mm fan heatsink works great dropped 10degs full load and thermal paste still needs to break in. thanksPublished on June 21, 2014 by Aaron Horning
Got this half price off from Amazon Warehouse Used - Like new.
Currently it's cooling a 65w i3-2120. Read more
On the plus side this is a big, well made heatsink from a good company. On the minus side, the fins are very thin.
First off, this is my second Xigmatek CPU heatsink. Read more
I bought this cooler for my i5-3570k, but I didn't use the included fan.
Instead I did some reading and ended up buying the Noctua NF-F12, which is a superior fan in all... Read more
I want to love the Xigmatek, but I never had a chance to try it out. When I got my order it was missing all of the mounting hardware for AM3. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Lincoln
I love xigmatek heatsinks on my intel builds but most AMD boards have the ram very close to the cpu. In this case my ram was blocking me from seating this heatsink.Published on January 21, 2014 by Rob
I've had the heat sink for over a year now. It's keeps my computer quiet, especially since I attached 2 Noctua fans to both sides. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Kevin Li
Mounting is solid, easy install, quiet, Looks great in my cooler master case! Temp's are low but get good thermal paste.Published on October 23, 2013 by Larry Lamb