Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Xigmatek
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The retail box has glossy printed graphics and informative text that will give the user a good idea of what's inside. Speaking of which…
…with the packaging removed, Gaia is accompanied with all the accessories necessary for getting it installed on a supported mobo. We'll be going over all these goodies in more detail during the installation phase of this review, but I can say right now that the Intel mounting solution looks very good, and the AMD folks will not be disappointed either.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
A lot of nice, widely spaced fins would indicate good cooling performance with quiet, low RPM, low-pressure fans. Notice that the fins are folded along the center of each edge to direct the airflow through the cooler.
Three 8mm copper heatpipes carry the heat generated at the CPU to the fins to be dissipated by the cooling fan. Deep, V-shaped cutouts in the fins, along with the folded sides help keep the air moving through the cooler for better heat dissipation. Xigmatek includes one fan with Gaia, but they also include mounts for another, should the user wish to go with a push-pull fan arrangement. Also, the narrower cross section of the Gaia should make installation much easier as the fins won't overhang the fastening hardware.