Here’s the wrap-up with the Xigmatek Dark Knight II – Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler. We were able to share this cooler’s new innovation with the ceramic coated technology and it has proven to have excellent performance properties. When going back to its design, we feel that Xigmatek did a great job with its slim tower design form factor. The matte black finishing of the ceramic coating created a distinct stealth look. Due to its finishing we did find that the cooler showed markings much more easily, so handling of the CPU Cooler must be taken with precaution.
The installation was simple and we didn’t run into any complications. The hardware included was top notch like we have seen with all of Xigmatek products. It’s nice to see that consistency. Another surprising bonus we would like to point out is that its slim design didn’t block any of our RAM slots, like we’ve see with most tower design coolers. This was a nice change. The design also allowed enough room for an additional fan to be installed. Although Xigmatek only included one fan with the cooler, you can pick up an additional fan for a push pull configuration to give this cooler additional performance if needed.
When it came down to thermal performance, we were not quite sure what to expect with the Dark Knight II. This is the first of its kind we have seen with coolers. Based on our testing we are confident to say that Xigmatek did a great job with this new innovation, right down to its fit and finish. The ceramic coating proved to have enhanced performance. Even with our Intel i5 3570k overclocked to 4.4ghz, the cooler was able to keep temps under control. Temps during a 25min run with Prime95 didn’t peak over 67c, which is very good since Intel’s recommended threshold is 70c. The cooler only came with one 120mm PWM fan; however, adding an additional fan might yield slightly better performance.
While we are on the subject of the Fan, the 120mm fan included with the cooler was quiet during idle, but once we put a load and the RPMs began to pick up, we noticed that the fan was a little loud. Spinning at its full throttle the fan is rated for 2200RPMs max at 89CFM’s. This could definitely bring up the noise levels. This is not something that we deduct from the cooler as the fan provides a high amount of air to result in the great cooling temps we saw.
Our overall experience with the Xigmatek Dark Knight II – Night Hawk Edition Cooler deserves a Great Hardware Review award. It’s nice to see that Xigmatek maintains consistency with its quality control, and the thermal performance really makes it a great value. It can be found for $49.99 on Newegg.com