With the test system running at stock settings the HDT-S1283 idled at 33C, 1.75C warmer than our performance leader the Noctua NH-U12P and full 12C cooler than the stock Intel HSF. Under full load the HDT-S1283 ran at 47.5C average, 2.5C warmer than the NH-U12P and 19C cooler than stock. For a cooler and fan that weighs as much as the NH-U12P does without its fan, the HDT-S1283 did rather well against the performance leader.
Cranking up the heat with the system overclocked to 3.0Ghz we see the HDT-S1283 move up in the ranks. Running at 48.5C it is only 0.75C warmer than our current price/performance leader the ZEROtherm Zen, and the HDT-S1283 is on average $10 cheaper than the Zen. The HDT-S1283 is 3.75C warmer than the current performance king the NH-U12P, but in thinking of our wallet, the HDT-S1283 is almost half the price.
The HDT-S1283 from Ximatek may not have a name that rolls off the tongue with ease, but it is light, easy to install, easy on the wallet, and it has a spoiler; that has to at least add 1 or 2 horsepower. Aside from the possible clearance issue with some large chipset coolers I didn’t find anything that I didn’t really like about the HDT-S1283; well, ok, one: the name.
With an average street price of $36+shipping the HDT-S1283 is $10 cheaper than our current value award winner the Zen, and a whopping $30 cheaper than our performance leader the NH-U12P. With gas the way it is that’s almost a half tank for me, bang for buck, that’s what it comes to when you’re squeezing a dime so hard its screaming.
I want to thank CrazyPC.com for the review sample of the Xigmatek HDT-S1283. We have had several forum members mention the cooler and temps on their systems in comparison to other coolers we have reviewed here at LR. Now with CrazyPC’s help we have one and the temps for all to compare.
Legit Bottom Line: If you’re in the market for a cooler to replace the stock HSF, then the HDT-S1283 is right for you. It is easy to install and most importantly easy on the wallet!