Xigmatek Thor's Hammer HDT-S126384 ReviewCompxpert -
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When considering building a new rig or even enhancing a current one, one thing to consider is a new heatsink if you're having problems pushing your CPU to the next level. Xigmatek created a behemoth of a heatsink; Thor's hammer is a large heatsink with a rather special staggered fin design, nickel plating, and Direct Heatpipe touch. Right out of the box Thor's Hammer is ready to go, without any fans. Seriously, Thor's Hammer is a passive heatsink but you can buy fans for it if you desire. Thor's Hammer can be used on all of the latest CPU sockets but we'll just say it's limited to AMD sockets 754 / 939 / 940 / AM2/+ / AM3 and Intel sockets 775 and 1366. So just how will this one stand up against the competition? Let's read on and find out.
So let's get down to business. Just by the sheer size of the box alone you can tell this one is large but what else can we find out on the box? Well, just on the front we are informed that this heatsink features "Double Layer Heat-Pipe Direct Touch." Isn't that a mouthful just to say that the heatpipes are in direct contact with the CPU? On the right side of the box you can get a closer look via a picture of the fin design as well as an up close look at the bottom surface of the heatsink. Looking on the left side you will find the main features of the heatsink again but in German, Japanese, Spanish, and Russian. Finally on the right you get a chart of specifications. Overall the box has a very artistic look about it and the box itself gives off a rainbow glow when the light hits it.
Now out of the box you will find that no fan is included but this heatsink works just fine with or without a fan. The backplate can be used for both 1366 and 775 applications and it also comes with a clip for AMD applications. For our purposes we simply take the screws and secure on the clips for 775/1366. With this heatsink you will have some leftover hardware. In the case of an Intel setup you'll be left with rubber fan clips (if your going fanless otherwise no) and the AMD clip. On the flipside you'll be left with fan clips and four springs and screws as well as the backplate. So maybe not the most efficient compared to the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus in terms of you having leftover hardware but I can't complain.
With that out of the way, let's get a better look at this behemoth.