In the test 15 years ago: Xigmatek was on the way to success with the HDT-S1283

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After Xigmatek shook up the cooler market in the 92 mm segment with the HDT-S963 (tested 15 years ago) for 25 euros, the 120 mm equivalent followed with the HDT-S1283 (Test). With a price of 35 euros, the cooler was cheap and offered excellent cooling performance.

Table of contents

  1. 1 8- mm heatpipe with direct touch
  2. Outstanding performance
  3. Conclusion

8mm heat pipe with Direct Touch

Like the smaller HDT-S963, the HDT-1283 relied on Xigmatek's Heatpipe Direct Touch (HDT) technology, in which the heatpipes were in direct contact with the processor's heatspreader. The HDT-1283 uses three 8 mm heat pipes, which transport the waste heat to 55 aluminum fins. The overall weight of the cooler, which measures 120 × 76 × 159 mm (L × W × H), was about 680 g. The supplied 120 mm fan worked at a maximum of 2,200 rpm and was controlled by PWM.

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Heatpipe Direct Touch with 8mm heatpipes
Rubber fan decoupler
No space problems – no mainboard removal necessary
Beware of cases that are too flat: The cooler is very tall at 159 mm

The installation of the cooler was easy and uncomplicated. The HDT-S1283 was attached to Intel systems using a push-pin system, AMD users could attach the cooler to the mainboard's retention module with retaining clips. The mainboard never had to be removed, which saved time and nerves. Only users with flat cases had to exercise caution, since the model was comparatively high at 159 mm.

Outstanding performance

The cooling performance of the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 was outstanding, in the test it shared first place with the Scythe Infinity at maximum speed. If you throttled the supplied fan from around 1,800 rpm to 900 rpm, you only had to lose 4 Kelvin and at the same time reduced the sound pressure level from a deafening 50.9 dB(A) to an acceptable 36.8 dB(A). The performance was significantly lower at an inaudible 31.0 dB(A) at around 230 rpm, here the CPU temperature rose by a further 16 Kelvin to 78 °C. For comparison: The Scythe Infinity reached 65 °C at 565 rpm with a sound pressure level of 30.4 dB(A). Accordingly, the strengths of the HDT-S1283 were clearly in the higher speed ranges with strong ventilation.

CPU cooler performance comparison

  • Scythe Infinity [Sharkoon 2150 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures58.0
    • Volume in dB(A)50.7
  • < li class="chart__group"> Xigmatek HDT-S1283 [120mm series 1784 rpm]:

    • Load Temperatures58.0
    • Volume in dB(A)50.9
  • Zalman CNPS 9700 LED [2584 rpm series]:
    • Load Temperatures59.0
    • < li class="chart__row">Volume in dB(A)54.1

  • Scythe Ninja [Sharkoon 2150 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures60.0
    • Volume in dB(A)50.6
  • Xigmatek HDT-S963 [Series 2648 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures61.0
    • Volume in dB(A )51,4
  • Scythe Infinity [Series 1121 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures62.0
    • Volume in dB(A)36.5
  • Xigmatek HDT-S1283 [120mm Series 919rpm]:
    • Load Temps62.0
    • Volume in dB(A)36.8
  • Scythe Ninja [Coolink 1556 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures63.0
    • Volume in dB(A)44.2
  • Asus Silent Knight [Series 2004 rpm]:
    • Load Temperature63.0
    • Volume in dB(A)46.6
  • Xigmatek HDT-S963 [Series 1740 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures64.0
    • Volume in dB(A )44,1
  • Scythe Infinity [Series 565 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures65.0
    • Volume in dB(A)30.4
  • Cooler Master Gemin II [2xNB SX2 1530 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures65.0
    • Volume in dB(A)46.9
  • Zalman CNPS 9700 LED [series 1264 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures66.0
    • Volume in dB(A)34.6
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  • Scythe Ninja [Pope 1187 RPM]:
    • Load Temps66.0< /li>
    • Volume in dB(A)36.7
  • Thermalright Ultra-120 [Papst 1187 rpm]:
    • Load Temperatures66.0
    • Volume in dB(A)36.8
  • Cooler Master Hyper TX [Series 1731 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures66.0
    • Volume in dB(A)42.6
  • Thermalright SI-128 [Coolink 1532 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures66.0
    • Volume in dB(A )44,1
  • Asus Silent-Square Pro [Series 2369 rpm]:
    • Load Temperatures66.0
    • Volume in dB(A)50.1
  • Scythe Ninja [Pope 542 RPM]:
    • Load Temps68.0
    • Volume in dB(A)30.8
  • Scythe Andy Samurai Master [Series 1160 rpm]: < ul class="chart__group-body">
  • Load temperatures69.0
  • Volume in dB(A)35.0

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  • Scythe Mine [Papst 1175 rpm]:
    • Load Temps69.0
    • Volume in dB(A)36.9
  • Thermalright SI-128 [Papst 1145 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures70.0
    • Volume in dB(A )36,6
  • Scythe Mine [Series 1358 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures70.0
    • Volume in dB(A)39.4
  • Thermalright Ultra-90 [Papst N2GL 1699 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures70.0
    • Volume in dB(A)42.2
  • Thermalright SI-120 [Coolink 1532 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures70.0
    • Volume in dB (A)44,1
  • Zalman CNPS 9500 LED [2451 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures70.0
    • Volume in dB(A)52.9
  • Cooler Master Mars [Series 2651 rpm]:
    • Load Temperatures70.0
    • Volume in dB(A)56.6
  • Thermalright Ultra-120 [Papst 542 rpm] :
    • Load temperatures71.0
    • Volume in dB(A)30.9
  • Asus Silent Knight [series 1085 rpm]:
    • load temperatures71.0
    • volume in dB(A) 33.3
  • Cooler Master Gemin II [2xNB SX2 748 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures71.0
    • Volume in dB(A)33.7
  • Scythe Kama -Cross [100mm series 1531rpm]:
    • Load temperatures71.0
    • Volume in dB(A)39.3
  • Zalman CNPS 9500 LED [1365 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures72.0
    • Volume in dB(A)36.2
  • Scythe Katana 2 [100mm Series 1434 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures72.0
    • Volume in dB(A)38.6
  • Thermalright Ultra-90 [Papst N2GLLE 1035 rpm]:
    • load temperatures73.0
    • Volume in dB(A)34.5
  • Cooler Master Hyper TX [Series 753 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures74.0
    • Volume in dB(A)30.4
  • < li class="chart__group">Asus Silent-Square Pro [Series 1176 rpm]:

    • Load temperatures74.0
    • Volume in dB( A)34,1
  • Thermalright SI-120 [Papst 1145 rpm]:
    • Load Temperatures74.0
    • Volume in dB(A)36.6
  • Scythe Andy Samurai Master [588 RPM Series]:
    • Load Temps75.0
    • Volume in dB(A)30.7
  • Scythe Mine [Papst 531 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures75.0
    • Volume in dB(A)31.0
  • Thermalright SI-128 [Papst 496 rpm]:
    • Load Temperatures76.0
    • Volume in dB(A)30.7
  • Thermalright Ultra-90 [Papst N2GL 525 rpm]:
    • load temperatures76.0
    • volume in dB( A)30.8
  • Scythe Katana 2 [100mm series 811 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures77.0
    • Volume in dB(A)30.8
  • Scythe Mine [Series 662 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures77.0
    • Volume in dB(A)30.9
  • Intel boxed without PWM [2325 rpm]:
    • load temperatures77.0
    • volume in dB( A)49.5
  • Thermalright SI-120 [Papst 496 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures78.0
    • Volume in dB(A)30.7
  • Xigmatek HDT-S1283 [120mm Series 229rpm]:
    • Load Temperatures78.0< /li>
    • Volume in dB(A)31.0
  • Cooler Master Mars [Series 1531 rpm] :
    • Load temperatures79.0
    • Volume in dB(A)38.6
  • Scythe Kama-Cross [100mm Series 855rpm]:
    • Load Temperatures81.0Thermal Throttling
    • Volume in dB(A)31.0
  • Xigmatek HDT-S963 [Series 444 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures82.0Thermal throttling
    • Volume in dB(A)30.5
  • Intel Boxed without PWM [1604 rpm]:
    • Load temperatures84.0Thermal throttling
    • Volume in dB(A)37.9
  • Thermalright Ultra-90 [Papst N2GLLE 265 rpm]:
    • Load temperature91.0Thermal throttling
    • Volume in dB(A) 30.5
  • Unit: °C

    Conclusion

    For 35 euros, the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 was an excellent cooler – especially for users who wanted very high cooling performance. With the fan throttled to 900 rpm, the sound pressure level was okay. Anyone who really valued an inaudible system had to turn to the competition in the form of the Scythe Infinity. One alternative was to replace the supplied fan, which also made grinding noises at speeds below 500 rpm, with a better model.

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