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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

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  • 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.

  • 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.


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

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • James H.
  • 9/8/2015 9:37:25 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery good fan cooler

Pros: over 3 years with this and it handled my i7 920 2.67ghz oc'd to 3.45ghz all that time. Just switched out for an h105 corsair but for air this thing worked well.

Cons: it's not a liquid cooler

Other Thoughts: Ever want a cheap cpu cooler and can find one cheap? get it, they work.

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  • Robert W.
  • 5/28/2015 3:10:00 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Cooler I've Ever Used

Pros: After years of use this cooler still does exactly what it advertises, all while looking cool (no pun intended) and being easy to install. I had no particular issues installing this component. My AMD FX-6300 always idles at 18 °C. Under load or during stress testing my temps only get up to a stable 28 °C. Price was nice as well.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I installed two fans on the heat sink: one pulling air into the manifold and another on the back pulling air out of the manifold. From there it dumps it's exhaust air four inches in front of a case fan which pulls the air out of the case.

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4 out of 5 eggsLooks awesome

Pros: Let's face it, one of the main reasons I bought this was because it looks awesome. I loved the feel of it when I took it out of the packaging and placed it in. It does well for cooling, at least I've never had an abnormal problem with it. Even when I CPU mined a little and would leave it on for a few days it worked really well.

Cons: My two issues are that the rubber fin mounts are hard to slide into place and as such I bent some fins. Also, and my main issue, the fan is annoying. It's not terribly loud and obnoxious, but you can definitely hear the thing. I have a Corsair 300R case and due to the mesh on top, you can hear it.

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  • Carlos M.
  • 9/8/2014 2:39:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCool!

Pros: Coolers my CPU better than my H100i and this is much cheaper and quieter.

Cons: Very big.

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  • Gary M.
  • 9/5/2014 10:01:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFrosty FX8320

Pros: 14c idle / 32c under heavy load (prime95 and Firestrike) (coretemp and HWmonitor)... 1st impressions was its light, Very light. I've owned evo 212+, Hyper N520, Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B, And this cooler has my temps lower than all of them with almost no weight to it. It fits perfectly in NZXT Guardian mid tower (clearance for most cases at only 4.6 in). Black looks great. You can use a push pull setup it includes extra rubber mounting for 2nd fan

Cons: Should have made the base black as well the chrome matches nothing in my rig.

White LED is very bright and doesn't match. Going to swap fan for a SP120 Blue led fan easy enough fix

Fins have to be bent to install fan with rubber screws, Mounting is weird but hey it works.

Other Thoughts: my temps are using mx4 tim and only fan provided, add a second fan for improved performance, I would buy this again in a heartbeat and will be using it in future builds as well ( I build around 4 per year)

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  • kamran p.
  • 7/12/2014 10:36:19 AM
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 6/27/2014 12:41:00 PM
  • 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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  • Chelsey J.
  • 6/24/2014 6:40:37 PM
  • 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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