Excerpt: You know, it seems to me that I remember when things first started with Xigmatek; I was told that there were certain things that were going to set these guys apart from all other companies. From what I can recall there was a specific comment made to me that the guys who got together to start up Xigmatek were tired of working for companies that keep building on the same line of products and don't come out with much in the way of innovation or design.
Conclusion: The Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 may not be the best performer out there, but it is available at the very affordable price of £17/$30/€24 which more than makes up for any performance deficits in comparison to today’s competitors. The performance on show is pleasing considering the cooler’s price. At stock CPU frequency, it readily engages in a head to head battle with Cooler Master’s significantly larger and more expensive Hyper 612S .
Conclusion: The Xigmatek GAIA as well is a full-featured mainstream cooler like their AEGIR, and we are pleased to see it raising the mid to high-end of the mainstream cooler bar. The GAIA, despite it’s narrow design, performed well throughout all of our tests. It could even handle the fully loaded i7 930 @ 4.0GHz while keeping it below 100c degrees. This is quite impressive performance, especially for a cooler in this price class and even without a 2nd fan attached.
Excerpt: Xigmatek's Gaia SD 1283 CPU cooler has it all covered. It's got outstanding cooling performance, a diminutive acoustic footprint, a distinctive look, an innovative direct touch design and a robust yet easily installed mounting solution.
Excerpt: Xigmatek's Balder SD 1283 CPU cooler has it all covered. It's got outstanding cooling performance, a distinctive look, an innovative direct touch design and mounting solutions that are second to none. Xigmatek has done a great job with the Balder, offering the PC enthusiast community top-notch performance in a well-engineered product with excellent fit and finish.
Excerpt: With its wide range of coolers, the Xigmatek product line can be somewhat overwhelming. This Gaia SD1283 air cooler is a performance 120mm cooler. If you're looking for the next step up in cooling, it provides all the high-performance options you would want in this level of kit.
Excerpt: Da Xigmatek chega-nos hoje o Xigmatek Balder SD1283, um dissipador para processador do tipo HDT ou “ H eat-pipe D irect T ouch”. Ao contrário de outros modelos já aqui testados, na base deste dissipador podemos ver os heat-pipes que irão fazer contacto directo com o CPU. Este método tem por base o facto de que um contacto mais próximo dos heat-pipes com a base do CPU poderá levar a uma transferência de calor mais rápida.
Summary: Der Hersteller Xigmatek hat uns mal wieder einen klassischen Towerkühler mit dem Namen Gaia zukommen lassen, welcher vor allem preisbewusste Anwender überzeugen soll. Der Name Gaia entspringt der griechischen Mythologie und bezeichnet die erste Göttin und Erdenmutter, die zum Ursprung des gesamten Göttergeschlechts wurde. Genau so ursprünglich ist auch auch der SD1283, baut er doch auf dem bekannten S1283 auf.