Xigmatek Prime SD1484 Reviewairman - February 2, 2012
Category: CPU Cooling
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Xigmatek, to me, has always been somewhat of a mystery because I have never owned any of its products nor have they ever been wildly popular. Founded in 2005, Xigmatek has been around for a little bit of time but is by no means an elder in the "community". Not only known for its heatsinks, Xigmatek is also noted for its cases and power supplies as well. When it comes to other cooling products, Xigmatek has everything covered. On top of CPU coolers, you can find aftermarket coolers for VGA cards, memory, hard drives, and even ones for chipsets that possess the Xigmatek name. When it comes to manufacturers that I haven't had a chance to previously evaluate, I always pay special attention to what is offered and any creative or innovative things that I have not seen before. I like to see what's different between manufacturers because every one always has an individual style of its own — no matter how subtle.
The Xigmatek Prime SD1484 is a slim tower cooler that uses four 8mm direct contact copper heapipes and has room for two 140mm fans. Out of the box, only one is included but additional components required to mount an additional fan are already included. Simply looking at pictures that are on the box, I like what I see with the design and layout of the cooler. When it comes down to heatsinks, and really anything else for that matter, I am generally not impressed by flashy plastic and pretty lights to make something look "sweet". To me, the way I view elegance is in something's simplicity and subtle details that improve its functionality. I have been continually blessed to see most if not all manufactures slowly move out of the flashy realm away from form over function and focusing on what truly matters: performance. In this review, I will perform an in-depth evaluation of the Xigmatek SD1484 from its unboxing to a close-up look at its features, followed by a rigorous testing session where its performance will be compared to other recent competitors on the market. Without further ado, let's get started.
The box of the Xigmatek Prime SD1484 has a clean look and is efficient for its size - it's rather thin compared to other heatsinks of its size. This may be due to their only being one packaged fan, but regardless, it's small. The front of the box has a front view of the cooler with the fan in place. Beneath this picture is the text "Prime / SD1484" and has the Xigmatek "X" logo in the upper right corner. The left side of the package has a 3/4 picture of the cooler with a view of the direct contact heatpipes at the bottom. Beneath this picture is a table containing pertinent information and specifications such as materials used, weights, dimensions, fan specifications such as speed, airflow and noise, and other figures shown in the picture below.
The rear of the box has different close-up pictures of certain features that the cooler offers. Such things include the knife-edged fin design, direct contact heatpipes, anti-vibration rubber pads for the included and optional, additional fan, and the all-in-one (universal) mounting solution. The right side of the box has a similar 3/4 view of the bottom of the heatsink and the message "H.D.T. Heat-pipe Direct Touch Technology" in 12 different languages. The top of the box (not shown) has a handle built into its construction and has compatibility icons which include all recent AMD and Intel CPUs and sockets including Intel's Socket 2011.
Out of the box, I find all of the mounting hardware, fan, and other accessories. Included is the universal backplate and AMD spacer, through-screws, nuts, mounting strips, other screws, Socket 2011 standoffs and the hold-down clamp. Included is only one 140mm fan and four rubber fan straps (not shown) for fastening the fans to the cooler along with a tube of thermal paste and installation instructions. The fan is a 140mm fan branded as a Xigmatek, has a 4-pin PWM connector and is black in color. The mounting method is straight forward and uses a 2-point sprung clamping style mechanism which is proven effective and is widely used across many manufacturers and heatsink models. The fan attaches to the heatsink using two of the provided rubber straps which grab onto a channel on each side of the heatsink made by the fins' geometry.
Just recently, I took a look at the Havik 120 from NZXT, and my first impression of this cooler and its accessories is that these two coolers share some very, VERY similar qualities. When I first opened and set out the contents of the mounting hardware for the Xigmatek Prime SD1484, I thought I had re-opened the mounting components for the Havik 120 somehow. The components are identical even down to the casting marks on the plastic pieces along with bolt and nut lengths and thread pitches. On top of this, both share the same knife-edged quality of the fins which I have not previously seen and heatpipe layout. I can't say that this is because Xigmatek may be together with NZXT, but it's possible that third party suppliers are shared between the two companies. I am not the first person to see these similarities but nowhere can I find anything that says the companies are not independent.
With everything out of the box, it's time to get started on taking a closer look at the cooler and its features.