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Date: June 10th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Xigmatek
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING



Our testbed for the Xigmatek Durin CPU cooler will consist of the following hardware:

  • DFI P35-T2RL Blood-Iron Motherboard

  • 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. Fortunately, Mr. Bones was standing by in case I needed some help. The manual is either generic for all their coolers, or I got the wrong one. At any rate the SD964W is not pictured in this manual (although it's similar,) but 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.



With the backplate in place and an application of AS5, the spring-loaded screws are tightened down until they bottom, assuring the proper pressure is applied to the processor. The fan was then attached using the rubber mounts and we're ready to go. The cooler install went very smoothly and the mounting solution is very robust.



The HDT SD964W doesn't take up much room in the case and there were no interference issues with components surrounding the socket. The cooler was very easy to install, and I'm looking forward to see how it performs.


The following parameters were used throughout testing:

•  Arctic Silver 5 TIM used on all coolers.

•  Ambient temperature kept at a constant 21C.

•  Idle temperatures were recorded after one hour of zero load after booting to the desktop.

•  Load temperatures were recorded after one hour of maximum CPU heat testing using OCCT 2.0.

•  Core temperatures were logged with OCCT.

•  Fan speeds were recorded using SpeedFan (BIOS fan speed control disabled.)

•  For the processor, idle and load temperatures were recorded at stock CPU speed (2.4 GHz.) and at a 33% overclock (3.2 GHz.). Vcore was raised by 0.15V during the overclocking runs.


The computer was shut down for a minimum of one hour between tests. During cooling test runs, the rear fan in the test case was shut off. Here are the results compared with the other coolers in the test.

 

 


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