The Gaia is in the middle of the pack today. Coming in at 159mm tall it is a tall cooler; most cases can accommodate coolers this tall, but it always good to check. The Gaia comes with a single 120mm fan and can accommodate two 120mm fans. The fan that comes with the Gaia is a PWM 120mm fan running 800-1500 RPM at 16-24dBA and pushing 56.3 CFM.
Features of the Gaia SD1283
Specifications of the Gaia SD1283
Looking at the top the fin profile is symmetrical and has a rounded X shape to it. There are channels running down the sides in each corner for the fan mounts to hook into.
The Gaia, like the Loki, has 3 heatpipes. The heatpipes on the Gaia are slightly larger; they are 8mm rather than 6mm.
Xigmatek provides everything that is needed to mount the Gaia to any of the Intel LGA sockets and AMD K8, AM2, AM3 sockets. Also included are enough fan mounts to mount two fans and thermal paste.
Here we have the Loki installed into our Intel Core i7 test system.