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XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler with Stealth Aerospace Industry Thermal conductive ceramic coating LGA1150 Haswell Compatible

  • 1000 - 2200 RPM
  • 89.45 CFM (Max.)
  • Aluminum Alloy, H.D.T. (Heat-pipes Direct Touch), Ceramic Surface Coating
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The Xigmatek Stealth series coolers make use of advanced ceramic materials originally pioneered in the high-tech aerospace and automotive industries. The ceramic coating features high strength and light weight and is specially formulated for maximum thermal conductivity making it well suited for use in extreme temperature environments.

Xigmatek Dark Knight SD1283 Nighthawk Edition

The Xigmatek Dark Knight SD1283 is the world's first enthusiast cooler to utilize a modern ceramic coating and was the result of Xigmatek thermal engineers thinking outside the box.  Xigmatek's innovative use of this space age material is not just for good looks - the ceramic coating along with Xigmatek's patented HDT technology greatly increases the efficiency of thermal transfer away from your CPU.

  • High Thermal Conductivity - The increased thermal conductivity of the ceramic coating rapidly absorbs and removes heat from the CPU via the heatpipes.
  • Increased Cooling Area - Traditional aluminum fins are not as effective conducting heat at the outer edges. The ceramic coating allows heat to rapidly spread over the entire surface of the cooling fins, reducing thermal hotspots and increasing the cooling area.
  •  HDT - Xigmatek's use of superior grade copper for the patented Heatpipe Direct Touch technology places the performance enhanced heatpipe directly against the hot CPU, increasing the effectiveness of removing heat from the source.


Features
  • Advanced ceramic material coating for dramatic thermal dissipation performance
  • Matte black design creates a uniquely stealthy look and feel
  • Utilizes Xigmatek's patented HDT (Heatpipe Direct Touch) Technology and superior grade copper material heatpipes
  • 160mm side cooling tower configuration
  • Ultra-slim profile capable of mounting single (push) or dual (push-pull)120mm fan configurations; works with the majority of current motherboard designs
  • Includes Xigmatek's Universal Mounting Kit compatible with Intel LGA Socket 755, 1155, 1156, 2011 and AMD Socket K8 / AM2 / AM3
Performance As Good As It Looks
The Dark Knight SD1283 features a high-tech and stealthy matte black ceramic finish and is mated with a matching smoke black fan, giving it a unique presence. The effectiveness of the ceramic coating allows for reduced width fins resulting in an ultra-slim profile  making the Dark Knight SD1283 well suited for either single or dual fan (push - pull) configurations that easily fits within the physical constraints of modern motherboard designs.
Performance testing between the similar Dark Knight SD1283 (ceramic) and GAIA SD1283 (non-ceramic) coolers indicates a performance increase of of up to 10% under stock and overclocked CPU speeds.



Specifications


First To Innovate
Xigmatek leads the market by continuing to innovate in cooler design while the competition is satisfied with rehashing the same old technologies. Xigmatek was first to market with HDT and is now first to market with the use of advanced ceramic materials. Xigmatek: We Innovate.

Learn more about the XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition

Model

Brand
XIGMATEK
Model
Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition

Spec

Type
Fan & Heatsinks
Fan Size
120mm
Compatibility
Intel Socket: LGA 2011 / 1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 775/ LGA1150 Haswell Compatible

AMD Socket: FM2 / FM1 / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2
Bearing Type
Long Life Bearing
RPM
1000 - 2200 RPM
Air Flow
89.45 CFM (Max.)
Noise Level
30.1 dBA (Max.)
Power Connector
4 Pin with PWM
LED
White
Heatsink Material
Base Material: H.D.T. (Heat-pipes Direct Touch)

Fin Material: Aluminum Alloy

Surface Material: Ceramic Surface Coating

Physical Spec

Fan Dimensions
120(W) x 120(H) x 25(D) mm
Weight
406g (Heat Sink Only)

Features

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

Stealth Technology; Low Heat Signature Ceramic Coating, larger heat dissipating area.

Tower side flow design, efficient and optimal cooling performance.

Anti-vibration rubbers prevent vibration and absorb noise.

Dual fan capability.

Equipped with multiple clips to support Intel LGA 2011 / 1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 775 and AMD FM1 / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2.

High Performance 3 x 8mm heat pipe design, way superior than 4 x 6mm heat pipe.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • kamran p.
  • 7/12/2014 10:36:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgrate cooling, bad mounting sys.

Pros: grate cooling my i7 4790K, i can't say temps because mobo sensor is defective

Cons: bad mounting systems, especially for fans on heatsink

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  • Jon G.
  • 7/9/2014 9:01:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPleasantly Suprised

Pros: Took my CPU (i7 4470K Stock) temperature from 155F under load with stock cooling to a cool 110F. A difference of 45F. Very impressed. The large fan on this processor is pointing upwards so I installed two additional 120mm fans at the top of my case to help blow out the heat and the CPU tempature has dropped again from 110F to 84F under load. I've never been a huge believer in after-market coolers but this has changed my mind.

Cons: The way the fan adheres to the heat sink is really questionable. You take the rubber mounting components which help silence vibration from the fan but they have you thread these through the mounting holes in the fan and WEDGE THEM BETWEEN THE FINS OF THE HEATSINK... The fins of the heatsink are aluminum and bend fairly easily. It works but I really question the reliability of a fan that is mounted by wedging rubber pieces in between aluminum fins.

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  • Alex U.
  • 7/5/2014 7:18:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood but fan stopped working after 1 year

Pros: Quiet Cool LEDs and all black is it looks sexy

Cons: Fan just stopped working i have to flick it with my finger so it can go my it self not :(

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  • Jimmy C.
  • 6/27/2014 12:41:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent thermal performance while being lightweight

Pros: Big heatpipes allow fast heat transfer to the black ceramic coated fins that makes heat travel more efficiently but also makes the heatsink much lighter. It cools a bit better than the Hyper 212 EVO.

Cons: The coated fins are easily flexible and mounting fans with the included rubber screws are a bit fustrating but it helps a lot getting rid of the vibrations.

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  • Grant F.
  • 6/24/2014 6:40:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggssolid cooler

Pros: large dc heat pipes work better than cm 212
black coating matches my black/white color scheme
great cooling on fx 8320 4.5GHz @ 1.3825v

Cons: stock fan is LOUD
Im convinced the ceramic coating is a gimmick but i like the aesthetics
weird mounting system
fins are easily bent

Other Thoughts: get it, i own the cm 212 evo and this is so much better

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  • Matthew B.
  • 6/23/2014 11:02:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOverall good

Pros: first of all it looks amazing. It also does a very good job of keeping my fx-8150 cool at stock frequencies it would peak at 53c under full load, very comparable to the hyper 212 evo.

Cons: The price. simply put the evo will do the same job at a cheaper price, possibly better. So the extra 20 bucks is just for the style mostly. but i don't know if that can be called a con because it does look amazing

Other Thoughts: Its fairly large so make sure it fits in your case. also the mounting solution is somewhat difficult to understand, although it does a good job of keeping it in place.

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  • Luis R.
  • 6/22/2014 6:45:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMAZING

Pros: This is such a great cooler. No wonder it was sold out for so long. Keeps my AMD FX-6300 6-core (AM3+) between 14-25 degrees Celsius. Ice cold. Very easy installation. Another great Pro to this cooler is that its compatible with a lot of socket types.

Cons: Instruction manual sucks.

Other Thoughts: Watch a YouTube guide on how to install it. Its super simple once you understand how its supposed to be done. took me about 10 minutes to install it.

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  • J H.
  • 6/6/2014 7:58:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery good

Pros: Looks good!
Fan mounts are a unique style of rubber pegs.
Included fan is reasonably quiet, provided it stays under 1,900Rpm.
Bright LEDs.
So far it's about 5C cooler than my Reserator 3 Max was. (See other here)

Cons: Directions took a couple looks over to get right.
The H.D.T. could be continuous (See CM Hyper 212 EVO for this).
Radiator fins are EASILY bent, especially considering the type of fan mounts included. But they also bend back just as easily.

Other Thoughts: So far, it's a very capable cooler. Right after install, I ran an hour of Prime95 and the temps never went above 35C, according to HWiNFO64. (Running an FX6300 @ 3.8GHz)
It's currently outperforming my Zalman Reserator 3 Max, but I also switched from Arctic Silver 5 to Arctic MX-2.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/5/2014 6:38:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOverall a good heatsink

Pros: This heat sink looks nice, cools well, and is reasonably priced. The AMD mounting brackets worked for me. The fan will fit on the heat sink as long as your ram is the standard hight. The heat sink compound that is included is adequate for this heatsink.

Cons: The way the fan is mounted is strange, when the heat sink is installed it is difficult to add or remove fans. I don't think the PWM feature is working correctly because the fan is showing up as running at 99% speed. Because of that issue the fan is LOUD!!! Also the instructions are poorly written, I don't want to "paste" the backplane onto my motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a good heat sink, you shouldn't expect $80 heat sink quality from a $40 heat sink. I would recommend buying a better fan for this heat sink because the one that comes with it sucks.

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  • Henry D.
  • 6/5/2014 4:36:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA Bear

Pros: I do not trust liquid cooling...I know that view of things flies in the face of current technological expertise, but liquid cooling systems do occasionally leak. Huge problems can result. This CPU cooler does an excellent job of keeping things cool. Right now my chip (a 3770k) is in the low 30s. I have never seen it higher than the high 40s, and I play a lot of FPS games on max and near-max settings. This cooler does a fine job. Nuff said.

Cons: This cooler is a bear to install. Before building my current computer, I watched everything on the net about installing this cooler...probably eight or ten videos. When it came time to actually build the machine, despite the videos, and despite the included instructions...which are about one inch away from totally worthless...I still had problems with the installation. I found myself regretting that there were no rocket scientists living in my neighborhood. I finally got it installed, and I have never had cause for regret. One last thing: I did not use the included paste. I always use Zalman's thermal solution instead of the tube brands like Artic Silver. Zalman's "paints" on, so you never have to worry about an even coating, and painting is easy. Also, it does a great job. I did not have the problems mounting the fan that some have described. I do not know if this was a matter of luck, but for whatever reason, installing the fan was not an issue.

Other Thoughts: If you go with air cooling, if you get this cooler installed without going insane, you are going to be extremely happy with the product. It does what it is intended to do extremely well.

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