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XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler LGA1150 Haswell Compatible

  • 800 - 1500 RPM
  • 56.3CFM (Max.)
  • Base Material: H.D.T. (Heat-pipes Direct Touch)
  • Fin Material: Aluminum Alloy
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Gaia, adopted from Ga?a the mother of earth, a goddess in Greek religion, the creator of all. This innovative and powerful cooler maintains your CPU at a stable low temperature.

-Stable cool climate delivered to your CPU by the goddess herself.

We envisioned the Gaia to be just like mother earth, with the vision of creating a silent yet effective cooling environment for the CPU that reflects a peaceful rainforest ambience. Our engineers here at Xigmatek needed to acquire a way to deliver the same remarkable effectiveness but with the aim of generating minimal sound pollution to simulate calm tranquilized surrounding.

- We didn’t want to bring you just a cooler, We wanted to bring you an extraordinary cooler.

Our team of highly experienced thermal engineers came up with an idea of inventing a more effective process to displace heat. We call this Heat-pipe Direct Touch Technology. To achieve this innovation we needed to reinvent the entire traditional cooper / aluminum heat-sink base. HDT works by integrating the cooper heat-pipes straight to your CPU giving a direct touch. After excessive experiments through trial and error, we are proud to announce our HDT technology produces over 10 percent more heat conductivity compared to the traditional cooper heat-sinks and a colossal 170 percent improvement over the aluminum heat-sink most commonly found in retail coolers. This innovation will deliver up to an astronomical 45 percent in heat displacement.

-Being first in the world to accomplish this is one of our greatest achievements

The Gaia is designed with a remarkable fin shape resembling an X which creates maximum aerodynamic airflow. The material is made from the finest aluminum, crafted with care and precision and engineered to the finest detail maximizing thermal heat displacement. Unlike other fan connectors - we innovate beyond imagination. To insure a stable connection for our highly competent fan, our engineers needed to reinvent the connector. Instead of using a stainless steel clip, we decided that by using a rubber fabrication it would eliminate unnecessary vibrations, ultimately delivering close to nonexistent sound.

Cooling a CPU has two major aspects, firstly the thermal displacement from the heat-sink / fins and secondly the fan. Obviously the higher the RPM of the fan rotation, the more effective the heat can be driven away. Our intention was not only to design a powerful fan - we wanted to construct a fan which had an exceedingly long life expectancy. We are proud to say we accomplished this with our newly redesigned innovative F.C.B Fluid Circulative Bearing pumping out an extraordinary 40,000 hours.

Product Gaia
Compatibility Intel LGA775/ 1156/ 1366/ 1155/ 1150/2011
AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2.
Heat Sink Base H.D.T. (Heat-pipe Direct Touch)
Fin Material Aluminum
Heat-pipe Size F8mm
Material Cooper
Fan Fans installed 1 fan preinstalled with the option of 2
Life Expectancy 40,000 hours
Fan Size 120mm
Speed 800~1500 R.P.M.




  • newegg Superior Heat Transfer Three U-type heatpipes integrated with H.D.T. (Heatpipe Direct Touch) technology and high-density aluminum fins create most efficient heat conduction and outstanding cooling performance.
  • newegg 120mm PWM Fan with Anti-vibration Rubbers The PWM fan automatically adjusts its speeds according to the CPU temperature for efficient cooling and minimized fan noise. A second fan can be installed for more cooling performance and the included anti-vibration rubbers further reduce noise.
  • newegg Universal Socket Compatibility The XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 features broad compatibility with AMD AM2/AM3 platforms, as well as the Intel LGA 775 /1156 /1366 platforms.

Learn more about the XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283


Gaia SD1283


Fan & Heatsinks
Fan Size
Intel: LGA 775/ 1156/ 1366/ 1155/ 2011/LGA1150 Haswell Compatible
AMD: AM2/ AM3/ FM1 /FM2
Bearing Type
Long Life Bearing
800 - 1500 RPM
Air Flow
56.3CFM (Max.)
Noise Level
16~24 dBA (Max.)
Power Connector
4 Pin with PWM
Heatsink Material
Base Material: H.D.T. (Heat-pipes Direct Touch)
Fin Material: Aluminum Alloy

Physical Spec

Fan Dimensions
120(W) x 120(H) x 25(D) mm
Heatsink Dimensions
120(W) x 50(D) x 159(H) mm
460g (Heat Sink Only)


H.D.T. (Heat-pipe direct touch) technology

Anti-vibration rubber design

3pcs F8mm high performance U type heat-pipes

120mm highly efficient PWM fan

High performance & easy installation

Voltage Rating: 12V
Start Voltage: >=9V

Air Pressure: 1.57 mmH2O (Max.)

Life Expectance: 40,000 hrs

Thermal Resistance: 0.15 degrees C/W

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


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

Customer Reviews of the XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283

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  • Paul M.
  • 5/30/2014 6:25:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Performer

Pros: Their relatively narrow dimensions allow me to fit two of these on a dual-cpu ATX board.
Reliable, even after some being subject to some high vibration environments.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I am using two of these in a render box to cool a pair of Intel Xeon E5645's in an older ATX mid tower (ASUS Z8NA-D6C for the motherboard). Despite a far from ideal overall cooling situation and extended, heavy workloads, they have have done an excellent job keeping the CPU thermals reasonable.

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  • Andrew H.
  • 5/1/2014 12:37:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStormcrow75

Pros: Very good CPU cooler. I've had it for over 2 years and with a regular changing of the thermal paste it keeps my cpu between 40 - 55 C, depending on the game. The temps got a little too high while using Prime95, but then that program pushes your cpu to its limits.

Cons: None.

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  • Darrell J.
  • 3/28/2014 8:35:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Product

Pros: Although a very large cooler, it fit in my case after I removed the side case fan that came with the case.

Cons: How does a product that cost me $19.99 a year ago go to $36.99 in a single year. I'd like to get a few more but I guess they think it's like gold. Actually I wish I would have doubled up on every component I bought a year ago, because now the same stuff would cost me an extra 300.

Other Thoughts: It's a heckuva cooler, but it isn't worth 17 bucks more. Newegg had a great deal on a well made cooler a year ago.

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  • Dennis B.
  • 3/20/2014 11:50:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGets the job done

Pros: Keeps the CPU cool and isn't very loud. Makes a stock cooler look like a baby toy.

Cons: Huge

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/18/2014 5:51:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for Gaming

Pros: I bought these around Feb. 2013 and is now March 2014 for my first computer build ever. It does a great job keeping my cpu cool: between 35 to 45 degrees Celsius while playing Titan Fall, Battle Field 3, League of Legends, Diablo 3, Rome Total War 3 and more on highest setting. I recommend these for anyone looking to cool the cpu without over spending.

Cons: The heat sink is is tall. I was unable to use my large side fan on my Azza Toledo case; however, I made up with two 120mm fans.

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  • Richard H.
  • 3/10/2014 12:51:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The heat sink is able to keep a stock i7 at around 40C under heavy load. It is a very solid heat sink and feels very well built.

Cons: It is not a recommended handle for the MB.

Other Thoughts: I have bought other types of heat sinks to see the differences and I will buy this type in the future

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  • Paul G.
  • 3/9/2014 6:21:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome CPU Cooler!

Pros: Quiet
Keeps CPU cooler than old Corsair H50
Phenom II x6 ~26c

Cons: Huge, but I knew that, (not really a con).

Other Thoughts: Keeps CPU cooler than old Corsair H50
Phenom II x6 ~26c

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  • Marco E.
  • 3/9/2014 5:31:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsKeeps my 3570K nice n cold.

Pros: Painless installation, keeps my 3570K at 53/54c while gaming for several hours @ 4.4Ghz. Was able to install it on an Asus P8Z77 with no clearance issues whatsoever.

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: This is my 3rd Xigmatek cooler, I have a Thor's Hammer and a Dark Knight 2 also. All 3 coolers have exceeded my expectations.

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  • Jerime J.
  • 2/24/2014 4:24:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIce Cold

Pros: Ice cold performance. Excellent cooling for standard use and overclocking. System stays in the 30 deg C range when taxed in standard configuration. 50-60 Deg C range when OCed. Highly recommend. Whisper quiet fan. Room temp cooling, my system never gets above 40C at high loads.

Cons: A little complex when installing, but comes with all the parts you need for any system configuration. Be careful when picking cases you need a bump out on the left side and at least a Mid size tower to allow for clearance when installed and a cutout for the back of the MB and retainer of the heat sink back plate and foam isolation. Fan plugs are hard to pull through the holes if you don't have a needle nose pliers and you need to be careful not to break them when you pull through you may need to lube the hole a small amount to allow better pull through. The cooling fins are very share you may want to where gloves to prevent cuts when putting on the fan gromments and be careful not to bend the fins or break the fan blades.

Other Thoughts: Great value and excellent cooling capacity for standard and OC systems. Highly recommend. Use with Haswell processors and 1150 socket MB's.

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  • Elizabeth B.
  • 2/20/2014 1:02:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great!

Pros: * Keeps my cpu nice and chilly after a decent overclock
* Really quiet
* Sturdy build quality

Cons: * Directions included need to be updated, but it wasn't terribly difficult to get it up and running

Other Thoughts: It's a pretty tall cooling tower coming in at just under 160mm so make sure your case has the space required. Recommended!

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