Date: December 3rd, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: XIGMATEK
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Xigmatek spares no expense on the packaging. Not only is it robust, it looks great too.
Inside, we find the cooler in a protective plastic clamshell container along with the mounting hardware for all the supported sockets, and a fold out user's manual. In the next section, we'll have a closer look at all this stuff, so let's get right to it.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
As you can see, the Hammer is very large, particularly when compared to the OEM solution. The black nickel finish gives it an aggressive, sinister appearance that will really look good in a windowed case.
Fin design on the Hammer is like nothing I've seen before and Xigmatek claims that the dual fin design will enhance airflow and cooling, while keeping noise to a minimum. We'll see.
Moving to the bottom, we get a look at the “double-layer” heatpipe design. First of all the four larger 8mm pipes are attached to the base and ground flat for direct contact with the processor's heat spreader. The next layer consists of three 6mm ‘pipes imbedded in the base, but not in direct contact with the CPU. These seven heatpipes then make their way up through the finned area to dump their heat load and start the process again.