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Xigmatek Thors Hammer CPU Cooler Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ4ghqPrx07SXMENm7N_C9WeMWnAv9J9Mef_OyeNI7P1HWjuVo&t=1&usg=__bnHwubL6RFok4yc-v65SftWkL6A=The Mjölner also known as Thors Hammer is depicted in Norse mythology as one of the most fearsome weapons, capable of leveling mountains. The Hammer was forged by Sindri (or Eitri) and his brother Brokkr after Loki bet his head that they could not make something as beautiful as what the dwarves named the Sons of Ivaldi had made (Odins Spear [Gungnir] and Freyers  Foldable Boat [Skídbladnir]). Well Loki lost this bet when the Hammer was created and because of a technicality having to do with not being able to cut off the head because the neck being cut was not part of the deal, so Brokkr sewed Loki’s mouth shut. So now that we have a history of this fabled hammer let’s see what this beautiful piece of engineering can do for your CPU Cooling needs. Will the Xigmatek Thors Hammer Live up to its Heritage or will we have to sew some mouths shut, let’s find out:

 

Provided by: Xigmatek

Price: $64.99

Closer Look:

 

 

Specifications and Features:

  •     H.D.T. (Heat-pipe direct touch) technology.
  •     Double layer HDT & Double performance.
  •     Plating Black-Nickel on whole body.
  •     4pcs Φ8mm + 3pcs Φ6mm high performance heat-pipes.
  •     2 fin type combination provides efficient air flow.
  •     Passive cooler design with option of fan installed.
  •     Anti-vibration rubbers prevent vibration and absorb noise
  •     Spring-Screw + Universal (LGA775/1366) Back plate.
  •     Ready for Intel Core i7 CPU.

 

Product Name Thor’s hammer HDT-S126384
Product Number CAC-SXHH7-U01
Heat Sink Base Material Double H.D.T. (Heat-pipes Direct Touch)
Fin Material Aluminum Alloy
Heat-pipe Φ8mm Heat-pipe Q’ty 4 pcs
Φ6mm Heat-pipe Q’ty 3 pcs
Dimension 120(W)x160(H)x90(D) mm
Thermal Resistance 0.20 {Temperature}/W
Weight 750g

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testing Setup:

Testing:

I am going to be running my tests at an ambient room temperature of 20°C. I will be running both a load and idle test for each cooler. The Thors Hammer will be going up against the Xigmatek Balder, Akasa Nero S, and the SilenX Effizio.

 

Cooler 

SilenX Effizio

 

Akasa Nero S

 

State

Load

Idle

Load

Idle

CPU :3.4GHz

38 C

32 C

43 C

33 C

CPU: 3.6GHz

39 C

34 C

43 C

34 C


                       

Cooler 

Xigmatek Balder

 

Xigmatek Thors Hammer

 

State

Load

Idle

Load

Idle

CPU :3.4GHz

40 C

32 C

39 C

34 C

CPU: 3.6GHz

41 C

34 C

40 C

36 C

Conclusion:

Although the Thors Hammer didn’t not blow the competition away it did stayed in step and in some cases surpassed the competition. The cost of this cooler for what you get is very impressive, this was by far the nicest looking cooler out of all the testing coolers and its design is so unique compared to other tower coolers that I would be surprised if there are any on the market right now that even come close to the same design style. I have this cooler on my AMD Testing rig on my HSPC Tech Bench and it looks incredible. I have used at this point probably over 100 Coolers over the years and I am not hesitating to admit this is the nicest looking cooler I have ever personally used.

Would I recommend this product? Yes, if you have a side window and want a cooler that really shows of your rig then the Xigmatek Thors Hammer is the cooler for you.

Pros:

  • Incredible Price
  • Awesome Design
  • Decent Temps
  • Ability to expand to 2 Fans
  • Gun Metal Finish
  • Decent Passive Cooling Temps
Cons:
  • For this Price Range There are no Cons

 


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