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Xigmatek Dark Knight – 1366

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Posted March 3, 2009 by Jake in Cooling

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Specifications & Packaging

The Dark Knight features Heatpipe Direct Touch (HDT) technology, which seems to be a big buzzword these days for heatsinks. While the Dark Knight is a tower-style design like all top coolers, the HDT differs from "traditional" heatpipes in that these heatpipes directly touch the CPU instead of a plate. This should theoretically allow greater, more efficient heat transfer since the heatpipes do not have to be attached to a heat plate which can act as a barrier. This certainly is an innovative idea and seems a natural evolution of heatpipe technology, and we’ll see how it performs very soon.

According to Xigmatek, here are the major features of the Dark Knight:

"S-1283V Dark Knight retains the brilliant record of HDT-S1283 family – powerful, outstanding, high performing and user friendly. The Black Nickel creates a very gentle and noble image, which also increases cooling performance. Like other H.D.T. series
coolers, it comes with the advantage of lightweight, easy installation, anti-vibration, performance and user friendly.&quot

The features for the Dark Knight are as follows:

  • The specifications for the Dark Knight are as follows:
  • Back plate and Spring screw to prevent M/B bended
  • 3pcs F8mm high performance U type heat-pipes.
  • Overall black nickel heatsink
  • 4pcs white LED / transparent black fan
  • Anti-vibration rubbers prevent Fan vibration and also absorb vibration noise
  • Light weight
  • 120mm highly efficient PWM fan.

The specifications for the Dark Knight are as follows:

  • Model Number: CAC-SXHH3-U05
  • Heatpipes: 3 x 2 Copper heat pipes, 8mm diamater
  • Compatibility: AMD 754/939/940/AM2/AM2+, Intel 775/1366
  • Heatpipes: 3 x 2 Copper heat pipes, 8mm diamater
  • Material: High grade aluminum alloy fins, copper heatpipes, all black nickel coated
  • Fan Size: 120mm x 120mm x 25mm 
  • Fan Speed: 1000-2200 RPM 
  • Bearing Type: Long life Bearing
  • Air Flow: 89.45 CFM (Max)
  • Air Pressure: 4.1 mmH2O (Max.)
  • Noise Level: 30.1 dBA  
  • Fan Connector: 4 pin with PWM
  • Fan Colour: Black with white LED
  • Dimensions: 120(W) x 50(D) x (H)159mm
  • Weight: 660g (with fan)

The packaging of the cooler is your standard cardboard box. The colours of the box are standard Xigmatek fare, with a charcoal grey and black scheme with white lettering and orange accents, mimicking the corporate colours of Xigmatek. There is adequate information to let you know the basics about the product. When you open the box you will see that the cooler and fan are packed in very thick foam.

The accessories are extensive and well-made, there are all the necessary mounting brackets for various AMD and Intel sockets, rubber fan mounting grommets, installation manual, and thermal paste. The Dark Knight is indeed compatible with Core i7 Socket 1366 by means of a backplate, so we’ll be testing that platform today.

Here we see the packaging and accessories of the Dark Knight:

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Xigmatek S-1283V Dark Knight
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Xigmatek S-1283V Dark Knight
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Let’s take a closer look at the heatsink itself.

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