Xigmatek HDT-S1283 and Red Scorpion CPU Coolers Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by jmke @ 2008-05-15

Two HeatpipeDirectTouch CPU Coolers from Xigmatek duke it our in this review. We compare the performance of these high performance heatsinks to the best out there to see how they compare. Available for a budget friendly price can they deliver the cooling performance required to be at the top? Let us find out.

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Intro & Specs


We have not had a chance to test Xigmatek products until now, their products have been gaining popularity with the enthusiast crowd. Their heatsink design is unique in the industry. At first sight it might look like yet another tower cooler with heatpipes, until you take a closer look and realize what the HDT abbreviation stands for.

Heatpipe Direct Touch heatsinks from Xigmatek bring the base of the heatpipe in direct contact with the CPU underneath. We have seen a similar product from OCZ (Vendetta) but it’s unthinkable that it was designed by the same person/company as the heatsinks tested today.

The HDT-S1283 and Red Scorpion are very similar in design and specifications, except for a different finish of the heatpipes on the Red Scorpion and slightly faster fan, the two units are identical.

Madshrimps (c)


Madshrimps (c)

Madshrimps (c)

In a time where we see heatsinks with up to 10 heatpipes, it’s quite striking that the S1283 only features three of them; the heatsink is also rather compact despite its 120mm fan support. The advantage is less weight and very good compatibility.
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