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

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  • 800 - 1500 RPM
  • 56.3CFM (Max.)
  • Base Material: H.D.T. (Heat-pipes Direct Touch)
  • Fin Material: Aluminum Alloy

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Gaia

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.

XIGMATEK LEADING THE WAY

XIGMATEK CONTINUES TO LEAD THE MARKET IN INNOVATIVE IDEAS THAT ARE TRANSLATED INTO TRULY UNIQUE PRODUCTS. XIGMATEK’S COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION, DESIGN, QUALITY, PERFORMANCE AND VALUE MEANS THAT THE CUSTOMER GETS THE BEST FEATURED AND PRICE/PERFORMANCE VALUE IN THE MARKET.

XIGMATEK: WE INNOVATE

  • 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

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Five years & will prob. run on 8th gen too

Pros: 1. Cooling - with stock fan on max in Bios, it still keeps my OCd i5 2500k @4.2 at 68-78c under Prime95 stress, depending on cleaning, reapplying paste, etc. I spread the AS5 with a card and don't use pea method.

2. Quiet even w stock fan @ max 1500rpm in Bios in a (LianLi) Lancool p-k63 case.

3. Really easy installation.

4. Good, not perfect clearance is kind of a pro and con too (on my AsRock z77 extreme4 it almost sits flush with the first rank of the memory - a GSkill Sniper, with not too tall of a memory heatsink, but not imparing it either)

5. Not too tall, will fit in whatever case, I think! Well...

Cons: Out of stock in 2017 - probly not sold anymore!!! :(

Consequently, not updated to latest (AMD) sockets and not sure how it will fit future intel (post 8th gen) sockets.

Other Thoughts: I am still using it for 1155 socket, but that also means I can use it on the 1151 intel 8th gen too, though I was thinking to wait for proper 6etc core in 2018 (not some 7700k with two more cores added and opimized - voila, sold as brand new Coffee Lake 8th gen 8700k. No this is not 8th gen, its 6th gen+2).

I just bought one more exact same fan, and though I think I should've gone w superior (and super expensive legendary) fans, the Xiggy stock generic does it's job surprisingly well. So a push-pull for intel 8th gen might be more than nice on this oldie goldie.

I am really sad it's no longer sold & updated. Why sad? I used Frostytech data to decide on it and it more than delivered - I had a 120mm Noctua before, mind you the comparison!!! And, hence, I am also sad that I am leaving a review for a discontinued product of such a nice quality.

This little beast of a Xiggy (was) is close to perfect!

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Second Purchase

Pros: Everything I said before in my first review stands - this is my second purchase. Now that the price has lowered even more, this is THE BEST CPU COOLER for sale on Newegg right now. Rock bottom price, and you would not believe what you get for just $20. This thing cools so effectively, it's hard to tell I'm actually overclocking. And it looks great; top-quality mounting hardware, etc. Also, installation is a breeze! (Ignore all the noob comments that say it isn't.)

Cons: It is a tad bit on the flimsy side, but that isn't a problem if you don't abuse it. Some people are complaining about the manual - I never looked at the thing and I had no difficulty because I know what I'm doing. If you are relying so heavily on the manual during installation that the simple pictures aren't clear enough, then you need to stop what you are doing and call a professional because you are in over your head.

Other Thoughts: When you consider all things including price, performance, features, build quality and appearance, this is THE BEST CPU cooler for sale on Newegg today. Nice work, Zigmatek!

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Decent price/performance

Pros: Low price (got it on sale for ~$25), large area, big fan (slower speed, quieter), decent rating (thought not quite as high as the king - the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO).

Cons: Fan became noisy (rattle noise) a few months ago so I'm shopping for a replacement. I don't expect fans to last forever, but this one only has an estimated 5k hrs. on it.

Other Thoughts: I haven't done any temp. comparisions and I don't overclock, but when I do occasionally check my temps the cpu is cool and the fan is quiet.

This is my 2nd Xigmatek cpu cooler and the fan on the first is still quiet.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Just One complaint

Pros: Easy mounting
Holds 2 fans and they are easy enough to install.
Doesn't block regular sized RAM
Cools well

Cons: Grooves between the heatpipes and metal block base are problematic for applying thermal paste. Kind of a big deal and could lead to using too much paste

Other Thoughts: Has served me well but I will be replacing it with something with a more flat base.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Solid 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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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Stormcrow75

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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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent 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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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Gets 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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