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 (cont'd)
Heatpipes are arranged in two straight rows across the width of the fin array and each individual fin incorporates the Xigmatek “X” logo in its center. The fins also have a slight curve and feature a sawtooth detail and holes for the rubber fan mounts.
Fin spacing is generous to minimize restriction in the array, allowing the PWM fan to give good performance at lower speeds, keeping the noise down. There is nothing fancy here, keeping costs down and the price low. How low? We'll get to that a bit later.
After removing the protective plastic cover, we can see that the heatpipes have a wider separation in the aluminum base than we see in many coolers. I would have expected them to be more concentrated toward the center of the base, but Xigmatek is one of the pioneers of this direct touch design and I assume they know what they are doing. The base is flat and has a quality finish for this design, and the heatpipes seem to be very well anchored in the baseplate.
The 92 x 25mm fan features PWM support and the twisted fantail wires will help prevent snags during installation. Operating at from 1200-2800 RPM, the fan can generate up to 52 CFM at a relatively modest 20-28 dBA.