Date: March 30th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Xigmatek
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
Featuring Xigmatek's pioneering direct touch heatpipe design and a 92mm PWM fan, the Durin should pack some powerful cooling performance into a small (3.6 x 4.7 x 2.6 inches for the metrically challenged among us,) package. The two large 8mm copper heatpipes and the aluminum base and fins provide a sturdy platform for the fan and its anti-vibration rubber mounting solution. With an extremely low profile and small acoustic footprint, this cooler could be a natural for small form factor cases and HTPC applications.
While there is no compatibility information with respect to individual processor support, I find it difficult to believe that this little cooler will handle the heat generated by some of the higher-watt (and higher performance) Intel processors out there. We'll see how it does with the 105 Watt Q6600 during testing.
Mr. Bones is very impressed by how compact the Durin D982 is. It compares very favorably in size with the short aluminum coolers Intel is shipping with their newer dual-core Celeron processors.
The Durin D982, being a small cooler, comes in a small retail box with line drawings of the cooler and full features and specs for what's inside.
Inside, along with the Durin cooler (that comes protected in a thick foam shroud,) Xigmatek provides a user's guide, a 92mm cooling fan, a motherboard backplate and a bag of mounting hardware that includes the rubber fan mounts and a small package of thermal paste. The mounting solution is reminiscent of the other Xigmatek coolers we've tested here in the lab and I expect it to provide an easy and robust install. We'll see.