Xigmatek Thor’s Hammer
Thor’s Hammer Up Close
The Xigmatek Thor’s Hammer is aptly named; it is big, and it looks powerful. It’s rectangular in profile, and does occupy a considerable volume. Beyond the size, likely the first thing you’ll notice is that it is completely nickel-coated in an all-black colour. Not a single hint of any bare metal, either aluminum or copper, is visible anywhere. Even the base of the HDT heatpipes is coated in black nickel. This cooler is absolutely gorgeous. Aesthetics are always a personal thing, subject to individual tastes and preferences, but this is probably one of the best looking air coolers on the market. It’s not as sleek as Xigmatek’s Dark Knight we recently reviewed, as it’s more bulky, but if you prefer the beefy type of cooler, then the Hammer is about as good looking as you’ll find anywhere. It conveys a sense of strength and power, living up to its name, and is simply stunning.
A traditional tower design, the Hammer is reminiscent of several similar HDT coolers that we’ve recently seen. The overall design is similar and certainly the use of the HDT technology is identical. However, it does differ from the Dark Knight, as the Hammer has a very unique fin design and profile. Essentially, Thor’s Hammer features double-stacked fins that sit atop a double layer of heatpipes, creating a very unique look. Coupled with arched lines along the edges of the fins, there really isn’t a straight line on this cooler; it’s actually an exercise in geometry, lines and edges intersecting and coalescing into a complex overall picture. If you’re into geometry or mathematical visualizations, it really is a sight to behold. Ok, enough of that kind of talk, let’s delve a bit further into the functionality of the cooler itself.
The Xigmatek Thor’s Hammer S126384 features a total of seven heatpipes (for a total of fourteen if you look at them as individually bisected) to transfer the large quantity of heat which the CPU produces. The heatpipes are made of copper, also nickel-plated in black, with four primary 8mm diameter pipes and three secondary 6mm diameter heatpipes wrapping around the base and running through aluminum dissipation fins. The heat pipes have been flattened on the side that touches the CPU to ensure a flush fitting, while wrapping around the base and going through the center of the fins to provide dissipation of heat. This is a fairly typical setup for a Direct Touch heatsink.
There are a total of 49 cooling fins which are fairly tightly spaced together, but not too much so. However, due to the double stack, it’s not as simple as most coolers which have their fins directly on top of one another. The Hammer is a bit more complex, with differing fin designs stacked in an alternating pattern, each sandwiched in an offset manner. Really, it is quite good looking and unique. The fin spacing shouldn’t pose any problems with fans that don’t have high back pressure trying to force air through the tower, so just about any fan you choose should do the trick here. The Hammer is designed to accommodate two fans in a push-pull configuration, though we’ve seen from our testing that only makes 1 degree Celcius difference overall in just about every instance we’ve seen on tower-style coolers.
The fins are not dimpled or angled like we’ve seen on some other models, so the Hammer’s design is neither problematic nor unique. The cooler is not terribly lightweight, nor is it the heaviest we’ve seen either; the seven total heatpipes definitely add to the overall weight here. With the black nickel finish, the one drawback here is that this cooler is unfortunately extremely prone to fingerprints and smudges. That may not matter to some, particularly in a case, but keep it in mind.
The finish and details here are very well done, the edges of the fins are acute, but with the intersecting angles, there aren’t large gaps or stacked edges to easily cause cuts and scrapes on your fingers and knuckles. Xigmatek has done an excellent job with the build quality here.