Xigmatek Prime SD1484 CPU Cooler

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Today, we are taking a look at our second Xigmatek this week. Earlier this week we got a chance to look at the Asgard Pro all blacked out case from them which we declare definitely worth the extra-low price of $45. This review we get a chance to get back to what Xigmatek is known for and that is cooling. The Prime SD1484 has been around for a hot minute and have witness some pretty good reviews. And now it is our turn with the cooler. The Prime is designed to take on the output released by today's performance processors. Lets take a look and see how well it does on our test bench.

Xigmatek Prime SD1484 CPU Cooler Review

 

Introduction

Today, we are taking a look at our second Xigmatek this week. Earlier this week we got a chance to look at the Asgard Pro all blacked out case from them which we declare definitely worth the extra-low price of $45. This review we get a chance to get back to what Xigmatek is known for and that is cooling. The Prime SD1484 has been around for a hot minute and have witness some pretty good reviews. And now it is our turn with the cooler. The Prime is designed to take on the output released by today's performance processors. Lets take a look and see how well it does on our test bench.

Xigmatek’s take on the Prime

An outstanding performance air cooler, Prime SD1484 creates most efficient heat conduction and imbalance heat-pipe arrangement to provide dissipating surface and cooling performance. Prime SD1484 combines 140mm PWM fan, rubber fan clip, 4pcs Φ8 heat-pipe, supports multiple-platforms, and can be used on Socket 1366/ 1155/ 1156/ 775/ 2011 platform, and AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 Socket.


Specifications

Product Name

Prime SD1484

Product Number

CAC-SYHH4-U01

Dimension

145(W) x 60(D) x 159(H) mm

Heat Sink

Base Material

H.D.T. (Heat-pipes Direct Touch)

Fin Material

Aluminum Alloy

Heat-pipe

SPEC

Φ8mm

Q´ty

4pcs.

Fan

Dimension

140(W) x 140(H) x 25(D) mm

Voltage Rating

12V

Starting Voltage

9V

Speed

800~1200 R.P.M.

Bearing Type

Sleeve Bearing(with copper axle)

Air Flow

90.3 CFM (Max.)

Air Pressure

1.08 mmH2O (Max.)

Life Expectance

40,000 hrs

Noise Level

18dBA (Max.)

4 pin with PWM

1 pcs

3 pin

1 pcs

Weight

710g (Heat Sink Only)

Thermal Resistance

0.14 ℃/W

Features

 

H.D.T (Heat-pipe Direct Touch) technology.

 

 

 

Patent Blade-Fin technology increases 20% of ventilation and drops 10% noise.

 

 

 

Patent Blade-Fin technology is good at the prevention of keeping dust away the fins edge.

 

 

 

Special fins (T: 0.5mm) style combination provides efficient air flow.

 

 

 

Unique & Patent Anti-vibration rubber fastens prevent vibration and absorb noise.

 

 

 

Dual fans installed option, 140mm or 120mm.

 

 

 

Equipped with multiple clips to support Intel LGA1366/1156/1155/775 and AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2.


Closer look

The Prime takes the configuration of the typical tower-style cooler. For years this has been the go-to configuration for all the best air-coolers on the market. The cooler itself weighs just 710 grams or 1.56 pounds. At this weight we see no issues with it placing unacceptable stress on the motherboard. The cooler stands 6.25" which should have no clearance issues with most popular mid-tower cases.

The fins of the Prime are all made of aluminum and have a configuration that is a little different from many of the other coolers on the market. In the case of the Prime, the fins are arrangement as follows" 3 straight fins, 5 fins with an indent and then two more straight fins. The 5 fin-2 fin order travels the rest of the way down until the last three fins which are all straight again.

Looking at the top fin we see its overall shape. At the two ends you will find two sets of notches in each corner. This allows you to use either one of two mounting points for your fan(s). The notches directly on the end of the fins are the ones used with the rubber gaskets that come with the cooler. Or you can use the other mounting points for the AFK-R5251 rubber mounts. Also present are four pairs of heat pipe tips which we will talk more about later.

The base of the Prime uses the H.D.T. or heat-pipe direct touch technology. This simply means that the heat pipes that make of the structure of the cooler comes in direct contact with the surface of the CPU cooler. This has been proven to be beneficial many times.

The heat pipes made of copper but Nickel plated to better match the rest of the cooler and all of the pipes are 8mm in diameter.

We can't forget about the fan that comes with the cooler can we? The fan that comes mated with the Prime is a 140mm unit that has a rotation of 800-1200 and pushes about 90.3 CFM of air. And according to Xigmatek it never gets louder than 18 dBA.

The cooler comes with all that it takes to mount it one Intel sockets 775, 1155, 1156 and 1366. We were surprised to see on socket 2011 screws. Also included are the mounting hardware for AMD sockets AM2 and forward.


Mounting Images


Testing Methodology

For our testing we will be using the following procedures and parameters to acquire the necessary data:

  1. Thermal compound used is Arctic Silver 5
  2. Idle temperatures are recorded after the system has been allowed to idle for thirty minutes from the point Windows has finished loading.
  3. Load temperatures are recorded by running OCCT for twenty minutes on all available threads.
  4. Real Temp is used for the recording of all temperature sensor reading.
  5. PWM function is disabled via BIOS to allow the fans to run at full speed.
  6. CPU model and overclock speed used for testing are outlined below in "Test Hardware".
  7. Each cooler is first tested with one fan supplied from the manufacturer.
  8. Each cooler is then tested again with a second fan attached if provided by the manufacturer.

Test Hardware:
1. Asrock Z77 OC Motherboard
2. Intel Core i7 3770K Processor
3. Kingston HyperX 1866 DDR3 16GB
4. Kingston V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive
5. ASUS BC12B1LT BD-Rom Drive
6. Xigmatek SD1484 Prime
7. MicrocoolBanchetto 101 Open Air Test Bench
8. Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W Power Supply
9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card

Results

 

The Xigmatek SD1484 Prime held its own going up against a bigger and heavier cooler in the Scythe Yasya. In a single fan configuration the Yasya only out did the Prime by a single degree across the board. Xigmatek did send us an additional fan that we are reviewing and will be posted on Monday. And with this additional fan the Prime overcame the Yasya and out did it by more than a couple of degrees.


Conclusion

We liked what we saw from the Xigmatek Prime. The cooler looks great and performed just as well. If you are in the market for something to replace the stocker than comes with your processor I would not hesitate to recommended the Prime as that replacement.

Another plus we like with this cooler is the mounting assembly. With a lot of coolers these days companies tend to make it a difficult and time consuming task to get the cooler mounted. Xigmatek isn’t using a simple method like the stock Intel push pin concept, something a little more complex. But it is a no-brainer on how it is to be installed.

On another note about the mounting of the cooler is the Prime does not come with the screws necessary to mount the cooler on an Intel socket 2011 motherboard. Granted, the X79 chipset isn’t the best seller on the market but there are plenty that has went that route.

The only thing I found that one would want more in the Prime would be a second fan. Wish we can totally understand. But one also have to take in consideration is the added cost to the cooler.

The Prime from Xigmatek is selling for about $55 online making it not the cheapest solution but a good one.

 

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