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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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The base surface is dead flat and has the best finish I've seen on a direct touch cooler to date. Threaded holes will serve as anchor points for the Intel mounting solutions and the open circular holes in the fins are for the rubber fan mounts. Thor's Hammer appears to be a bit asymmetrical, but I'm sure that this is an artifact of the dual fin design.
The mounting solutions appear to be quite robust. AMD users will only need to attach the large clip on the left to their existing retention bracket for installation. The Intel folks will have a bit of work to do, but we'll go over that in more detail in just a bit. Eight rubber fan mounts are included, as well as a wrench to tighten the spring-loaded bolts. Let's gather the proper hardware, a screwdriver and the user's guide and get on with the installation.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Our testbed for Thor's Hammer 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.
I'll be testing the Hammer with two Yate Loon D12SL-12 fans with the following specifications:
Rated Voltage: 12 Volts
Operation Voltage: 6.5~13.8 Volts
Input current: 0.30 Amp Max
Operation temperature: -10 to +65 C
Storage temperature: -40 to +70 C
RPM: 1350 +/- 10%
CFM : 47
dB : 28
These fans are some of my favorites. They move a fair amount of air, are pretty quiet and can be had on the web for under $4 each.