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 PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The backplate for the Intel mounting solution is really quite ingenious. One side of the plate has four individual adhesive pads that can be used to hold the plate in place during installation, and is drilled and tapped to support either 1156 or 1366 sockets. Flipping the plate over reveals the 775 mounts. Coupled with the brackets and spring loaded mounting screws, this is a very clever, robust solution that should be relatively easy to get installed. We'll see.
The included 92x20mm fan supports PWM control and has an RPM range of 1500 to 2500, with a maximum flow of around 25 CFM. With a maximum pressure rating of 1.7mmH2O, this fan should get the job done. No LEDs or other bling augment the fan, and it appears conventional in all respects.
I'm anxious to see how the dwarflike Durin performs, so let's proceed to the installation phase of this review.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Our testbed for the Xigmatek Durin CPU cooler will consist of the following hardware:
Intel Q6600 Kentsfield Core2Quad CPU
Western Digital WD800 hard drive
Western Digital WD6400 hard drive
Samsung SH-S203N DVD writer
Buffalo Firestix DDR2 RAM (2 X 1GB)
EVGA 8800 GTS 640MB graphics card
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU
We'll test it in the open case pictured above. Keep in mind that temps inside your case will be different, depending on the chassis and airflow.
After gathering the necessary parts, a screwdriver and the manual, it was a simple matter to attach the brackets to the heatsink base. To be honest, the manual could use a little refinement as it may be a bit confusing for the novice. The manual is either generic for all their coolers, or I got the wrong one. At any rate the Durin is not pictured in this manual. An experienced hand will have no trouble. As with any modern Intel cooler that has a backplate, the mobo will have to come out of the case for installation unless there is a cutout on the mobo tray in your case for this purpose.