Xigmatek Thor’s Hammer
Xigmatek’s Thor’s Hammer S126384 continues in the recent trend in cooling technology, sporting an HDT design that is very effective when used in a tower-style setup. The efficient design is complemented by the gorgeous aesthetics of the black nickel finish. Similar to Xigmatek’s Dark Knight, a dark coloured fan, even one similar to the soft white LED one from Xigmatek, would look stunning. Since the Hammer doesn’t come with a fan of its own, you do have the choice of whatever suits your needs, from silent to high-output. This is both a pro and a con, as the inconvenience of having to order a separate fan is offset by the inherent flexibility offered here. The lack of a fan in the package, while understandable, is still somewhat disappointing nonetheless. On a related note, without a fan you still need to purchase one, adding to the overall cost. Since Thor’s Hammer is available at online retailers for $65 USD, it sits in the upper end of the air cooler market, and is particuarly expensive when you still have yet to purchase a fan for installation.
The backplate installation method for the Hammer is a wise choice by Xigmatek, as it’s likely preferred by most people over the antiquated push pin system, and the nimble fan grommets make the entire process straightforward and quick. The only serious drawback here is the clearance issues pose by memory modules that have taller heatspreaders; this is clearly a disappointing problem with the Hammer.
That being said, if you’re willing to pay a premium price, Xigmatek’s Thor’s Hammer is a great product. It does have a couple drawbacks including lack of fan and resulting price, as well as the memory clearance concern, but if those don’t bother you then you get a cooler that showcases gorgeous aesthetics and excellent cooling performance.
Xigmatek Thor’s Hammer S126384
Our thanks go to Xigmatek for providing Thor’s Hammer for this review.