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Xigmatek Thor’s Hammer

Posted April 6, 2009 by Jake in Cooling







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Specifications & Package

Thor’s Hammer features Heatpipe Direct Touch (HDT) technology, which seems to be a big buzzword these days for heatsinks. While the Hammer 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.

The features for Thor’s Hammer are as follows:

  • H.D.T. (Heat-pipe direct touch) technology
  • Back plate and Spring screw to prevent M/B bended
  • 4pcs Φ8mm + 3pcs Φ6mm high performance heat-pipes
  • Plating Black-Nickel on whole body
  • 2 fin type combination provides efficient air flow
  • Anti-vibration rubbers prevent Fan vibration and also absorb vibration noise
  • Passive cooler design with option of fan installed
  • 120mm highly efficient PWM fan.

The specifications are as follows:

  • Prduct Number: CAC-SXHH7-U01
  • Compatibility: AMD 754/939/940/AM2/AM2+, Intel 775/1366
  • Heatpipes: 4 pcs. Φ8mm,
    3 pcs. Φ6mm

  • Material: High grade aluminum alloy fins, copper heatpipes, all black nickel coated
  • Fan: optional (none included in stock package)
  • Dimensions: 120(W) x 50(D) x (H)159mm
  • Weight: 800g

The packaging of the cooler is very flashy……literally. The colours of the box are standard Xigmatek fare, but the finish on the box is iridescent; it has a rainbow glint to it when direct light (especially sunlight) is shining on the surface. It is extremely attractive. There is adequate information to let you know the basics about the product. Opening the box, the cooler is packed in a clear, thin plastic casing.

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. Of course, the only thing really missing here is a fan; I understand the flexibility for enthusiasts to choose the specific type of fan they want (silent, LED, high-output), but it’s a bit disappointing nonetheless that this cooler doesn’t come with a decent fan to begin with. Thor’s Hammer 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 Hammer:

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Let’s take a closer look at the heatsink itself.

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