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With my Zalman 7700Cu really starting to show its age, I decided that I needed some new CPU cooling, so after reading some reviews and taking a good look around, I decided on the Xigmatek HDT-1283. Reviews and my experiences with other systems convinced me it would give me the best cooling for my dollar...and it did.

I did run into a few problems, however. Firstly, the push-pins, while they do hold well, and do provide pretty good pressure, caused my board to warp far more than I liked.

Second problem was with the northbridge. My Zalaman 7700Cu, while being a rather poor CPU cooler, was an excelent NB and PWM cooler. I had cut off several of it's fins to make it fit and the NB heatsink on my Blood Iron was in an ideal position to recieve a signifcant portion of the 7700's air flow. Moving to the Xigmatek all but eliminated air flowing over my NB heatsink (as well as my PMW and memory), and it's temps sky rocketed. Since the NB heatsink was also in the way of my prefered mounting method for tower coolers, I had to have the heatsink facing up, with the fan installed in a puller configuration at the top, which prevented me from using the PWM cooling spoiler. Clearly the stock NB heatsink had to go.

Anyway, I ended up buying a thermalright HR-05/IFX and an OEM backplate kit from sidewinder computers. On a whim I also decided to replace the stock Xigmatek fan (which is actually a relabled ADDA, and is quite good), with a 120x38, 125CFM, Y.S. Tech that I had laying around. Air flow was only about 30CFM better, but static pressure is significantly more. A significant quantitly of air actaully leaves the sides of the Xigmatex and due to a slight downward curve of the fins and cools my memory fairly well.

I had to mount the CPU heatsink and fan first, which made bolting down the IFX a real pain. There is also only about 2.5mm of clearance between the IFX and the CPU fan, but that is mostly intentional. The air going through the chipset cooler is immense.

In the end, it worked out quite well:









The temperature improvement is quite extreme. My CPU went from 61C during Prime95 (as reported by RealTemp) in the open air with 20C ambient temps @ 4.1GHz to the same 61C, at the same load, in a closed case, in a 30C room (86F).

For higher memory clocks at high FSB speeds, I put 1.65v through the NB and the temps never get more than 5-6C above ambient, even at maximum load. This is a 20C+ improvement in NB temperatures.

Total cost for all CPU and NB cooling used, including the bolt-thru-kit, was in the ballpark of $80 shipped. Money well spent, IMO.
Edited by Blameless - 5/24/08 at 10:13am
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Congrats on the major improvement in temps!

Only thing is, with high-rpm fans like that one, an HR-05 right in front of the fan will probably cause about +6 dBA. The HR-05's fins aren't too restrictive, though.

Promise to think about putting another 120mm fan under that optical drive?
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Thanks.

Yeah, it's a bit loud atm. I'll probably put a controler on the Y.S. and drop the voltage down to 10v or so. Should help a lot on noise, without hurting cooling too much.

I've considered adding another 120 to the drivebay area, but im not certain it would be worth while. I suppose if I angle it toward the memory, it may be.
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It's ashame you can't mount it vertically, I'm sure you would see even more improvement.
Can you mount a fan in the upper drive bays?
Tha YS is a loud son of a gun for sure, I've got 2 collecting dust.
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