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I'm looking to get a new HSF for my computer.

This time around i am going for a top down computer because, well....

leaves me with a lack of cooling for one VRM/Mosfet HS and a hard time to cool then NB HS. (little space between the pci-e and the nb hs)

While search the internet, i came upon a deal @ newegg for the Xigmatek HDT-D1264 for $18.99.


but has a review of the HDT-D1284 (the only difference is the D1284 has 8mm diameter heatpipes with the D1264 has 6mm diameter)

There is controversy about the D1284 and that is that the outer 2 direct contact heatpipes don't get TIM on them and are rendered a bit "useless" and that maybe the smaller 6mm diater ones get more contact.

I have also been looking at the ThermalRight SE-128. I really like this one and it's one of my choices.


ok. so here are my routes i am going to take with each cooler:
Xigma- Buy a bolt-thru kit, buy some more TIM
ThermalRight- Buy a bolt-thru kit and another fan


Please help me or recommend another cooler for me to check out. I am totally stuck between these two coolers!!!!

Thank you so much guys!!!
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post #2 of 15
What about the Thermaltake Big Typhoon? I know Thermaltake products usually suck, but the Big Typhoon is a very good top-down cooler. If you had to choose between those two coolers though, I'd probably say go with the Thermalright one.
 
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SI-128SE. Mine cools my Opteron 170 as well as my old Ultra 120 Extreme ever did.
    
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i won't go with the Big Typhoon. the xigma does better than the TT as shown by SPCR's review.

txtmstrjoe: what's the difference between the SI-128SE and the SI-128?
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Originally Posted by stumped View Post
i won't go with the Big Typhoon. the xigma does better than the TT as shown by SPCR's review.

txtmstrjoe: what's the difference between the SI-128SE and the SI-128?
Oh. The reviews I read about the Xig weren't that great. But perhaps those were comparisons with the normal U-style coolers.
 
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txtmstrjoe: what's the difference between the SI-128SE and the SI-128?
I believe I read somewhere that the SI-128SE has a few more fins than the vanilla SI-128. Also, there are perforations in the SI-128SE's fins, which supposedly make it quieter in operation than the original SI-128.

I used to run an SI-128 as well, actually. In terms of ultimate performance, it lags a little behind the SI-128SE (maybe 3-4 degs C more at maximum load) with my setup. This is with both SI-128 and SI-128SE running similar fans and at similar ambient temperatures. I wish I could confirm/deny the effectiveness of the perforations in the fins in endowing it with less noise output from the fan, but I can't.

Hope this helps!
    
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post #7 of 15
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thank you guys very much. i'm going with the SI-128SE and i still need more TIM, and the bolt-thru kit, and quite possible a fan (although i may havea yate loon that i can use laying around)
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TTBT + E6750 @ 3.6 + Scythe Ultra Kaze = 26-30C Idle/41-44c load 24/7.

Reviews are not always correct ( Anything can be made better )
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The Thermalright one is very nice - best of it's kind... but if you want to be a bit cheaper, that Xigmatek isn't too far behind cooling wise... all the bad reviews you've read about it are because people aren't aware of how to properly apply thermal paste for an HDT cooler.... they just end up using the centered dot or line method on the CPU IHS and expect it to work...

The proper method is to place the thermal paste ON the heatsink's base itself.... two lines down the aluminum portion of it...

More info can be found here
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I'd get the Xigmatek, it's almost as good, and a decent bit cheaper.
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