Date Joined: 05/02/02
Pros: I needed 8 cores to handle multiple VMs running in VirtualBox. I don't overclock and use a $45 double-fan push-pull configuration direct cooler to deal with heat, and it runs in the 31 to 35 Celsius range inside a Phanteks P500A with 3 x 14 cm fans in the front and 1 x 14cm fan the rear (had to buy 2 extra fans to add to the base 2-fan non-digital box). BTW, I use the UHD 750 IGPU and have no other GPU, so thermals are helped by that.
It's a cool, quiet, fast ride at a decent performance/price ratio.
Cons: No cons, not even the higher wattage, as a good cooling takes care of that.
Overall Review: Very happy with this CPU.
Pros: Excellent cooling. Robust mounting system. Quiet fan. Price.
Overall Review: The mounting brackets are rock solid and the sparse diagrams and instructions are accurate. I had to screw and unscrew the screw-spacers into the brace bracket holes before mounting after discovering how tight they were while trying to do it with the brace bracket beneath the motherboard initially. Basically, it was tough to screw into, so essentially I loosened up the holes by pre-screwing and unscrewing the screws into them, kind of like tap and die, to remove interfering material. After that, in mounting position, the screws went into the holes much more easily. Additional prep work included, it took me 45 minutes to install (remove motherboard, install cooler, re-install motherboard). Overall, low difficulty, if you follow the instructions and understand the diagrams.
Trumps liquid cooling by providing equal or better temperature reduction (a) without moisture risk, while (b) costing much less. However, the risk of liquid cooling might be acceptable if you need the same level of cooling, and by same level I mean expensive liquid cooling, but your case isn't big enough for the Enermax ETS-T40-TB.
Pros: Top cooling solution. Very quiet. The price is a steal.
Cons: Installation was a bit tricky. Even with push pins I was tempted to remove my motherboard to perform the installation properly. In the end I did it without removing the board by ending up with a fan orientation blowing across the heat sink to the rear of the case, which is just as well since the main rear case fan continues to push the Xigmatek's airflow out of the case. In my case, a Cooler Master 690, the power supply is below the motherboard. That means installing the fan with the motherboard in the case is not as easy as it could be, because there is no power supply above the motherboard to remove to insert the fan more easily. Here's a tip: install the heat sink first, then attach the fan with the 4 rubber mounts to it. If you mount the fan to the sink first, then you won't have access with your fingers or screwdriver to push down two of the four pins into the motherboard.
Overall Review: I've read several computer tech review sites before I settled on this Xigmatek. After installing it I checked the BIOS CPU temp reading and confirmed the HDT-S1283 is amazing. Compared to my stock fan/heatsink, my Intel Duo e8400 runs 18 C cooler, down from 53 C to 35 C. Why are liquid cooling or $150 fan/heat sinks still selling, when this amazing little peice of thermodynamic excellence beats them all for under $40? Credit the German designers and the inexpensive Taiwanese manufacturing. Either the others will begin lowering their prices or Xigmatek will raise theirs. Grab one before demand pushes the price up!
Gigabyte GA-EP35C-DS3R motherboard
Intel Core2Duo e8400 CPU with Xigmatek HDT-S1283 cooler
G.SKILL 4 x 1GB DDR2 1066 (PC 8500) SDRAM
Seagate 250GB 7K RPM 16 MB Cache SATA2 hard drive
MSI GeForce 9600GT 512MB 256-bit PCI Express x16 video card
Cooler Master 690 Case with 550 Watt power supply
SyncMaster 214T 21" 1600 x 1200 display