XIGMATEK Aegir SD128264 CPU Cooler Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by stefan @ 2010-12-08

The Aegir CPU cooler from Xigmatek sports a heatpipe cooling system named D.L.H.D.T. (Double Layer with Heat Pipe Direct Touch) first seen in their CPU cooler dubbed "Thor's Hammer"; the new Aegir is ships with one PWM LED fan which can easily be controlled by the motherboard.

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A Closer Look Continued, Installation

When we look from one side, we can see the places where the fan anti-vibration rubber fixing mechanism go:




On the top of the heatsink, we can see the heatpipe terminations, along with the Xigmatek logo in the center:




The fan that comes with the cooler also has the Xigmatek logo in the center:




On its back, we can see the full model code name and its rating: DC 12V, 0.31A:




In each corner, we can see LEDs introduced in the frame of the fan, which have a variable light intensity, depending on the speed the fan runs at:





The fan is PWM and this means that it can be fully controlled by the motherboard:




The installation:


The first step would be to mount the back plate on the motherboard and to pass the included screws through the holes of the plate and motherboard:




After that, we can turn the motherboard on the other side, to slip the insulation washers over the screws:




The next step is to fasten the Knurled threaded nuts to the screws:




Depending on what type of motherboard we have we can choose to install the suitable mounting plates; the hex nuts must be fastened to the screws, then we have to use the Allen key to fasten them until the clips are fully secured:




Next, we have to remove the protective film from the heatsink plate, put some thermal compound on the CPU HSF and install the heatsink on the CPU; the aluminium crossbar must be used to fix properly the heatsink onto the CPU. The pillars on the back side of the aluminium crossbar must be aimed to the holes of the heatsinks' aluminium base:




The final step to fix the heatsink is to take the remaining hex-nuts and fix them onto the screws with the help of the Allen key:




To fix the fan onto the heatsink, we have to take the included anti-vibration rubbers and mount them first onto the fan; then, we have to insert the top and bottom anti-vibration rubbers onto the heatsink (the manufacturer recommends us to use the 3rd fin piece for the mount):




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