Last year Xigmatek stormed the performance cooling market with their patented HDT (Heat-Pipe Direct Touch) design. This unusual variation of the traditional heatsink base allows the heatpipes of the cooler to directly contact the CPU rather then having to transfer heat through a copper or aluminum baseplate. This allows the heat to be transferred into the heatsink and into the air significantly faster than standard heatsinks. Over the past several years there have been a few breakthroughs in air cooling technology: extensive use of copper, heatpipes, and now the Heat-Pipe Direct Touch system which paves the way for the next generation of coolers.
I initially had the chance to review this out of the ordinary concept back in 2007 when I was heading up my own review site, Overclockers Pulse. Being the optimist, I was excited that this heatsink would perform quite well, however due to the limited number of heatpipes, and small surface area of the HDT-S1283, I was not expecting it to be a top-end cooler. Much to my surprise, the cooler itself managed to come within a few degrees celcius of my Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme, which wasâ€¦amazing to say the least. On top of the extreme performance, the cooler itself had a very low price tag, being sold for about $40 USD. That was roughly $30 dollars less then the top tier coolers at that time.
Since that time last year, Xigmatek has come a long way, releasing a slew of new heatsink designs and accessories to go with them. Heeding the word of reviewers and the community itself they continue to improve on their original models in both performance and style. Today you are going to have a first hand look at their latest release in the heatsink lineup, the Achilles S1284.