Will the Xigmatek s1283 block out my side fan?

pinaplex

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my xigmatek blocks my 25cm side fan in my Thermaltake Armor case. it's one of the bigger cases out there, so i'm assuming that in most cases with a side fan that also blows over the cpu, there will be some interference. I just run it with my side panel slightly open, no big deal to me.
 

Xyiitol

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So should I change heatsinks? I was thinking of the zalman 110mm or 92mm if 110 is too big. But Zalman is overpriced. Mind naming another alternative? Or is the Zalman fine?
 

bobbknight

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Foremost you want air flow through the case, front to back seems to be the best. Side fans to me are mostly a nuisance as I have more than one computer side by side. So I would remove the side fan, that is if my front to back airflow is adequate to cool the system.
Next I look for a good cooler that gives a good performance to dollar ratio, or bang for buck, and that is not so hard to install that it requires additional hardware to get the job done.

I have pretty much came up with the following after looking at the cooling ability of a couple of the more talked about coolers on this forum.


This is the number that you want to beat.
Thermal Resistance: 0.17°C/Watt
Anything higher is a waste of your money.
If this number is not given, move along.

Oh by the way this is from the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro, $32 retail.


XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
Thermal Resistance 0.16°C/Watt
$44 shipped

$10 for .01 Degrees C/W at best a cooling of 2 Degrees C, to me it's not worth the hassle of install and expense.

Scythe SCINF-1000 120mm CPU Cooler Thermal Resistance unknown price higher than prior units of know capability.

Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler
Thermal Resistance 0.16 - 0.21 °C / W from web site, $57.58 delivered.
Again over priced and a pain in the ass installation.

Bang for buck winner here, the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro.
Why bother with anything else?

A post script to the above:

XIGMATEK has a new unit out the Xigmatek Achilles S1284 for $45 before shipping.
Thermal Resistance 0.14°C/Watt
This may be the new big boy on the block.
$52 shipped from;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233017&Tpk=S1284

With installation of the XIGMATEK' being so problematic and almost requiring the extra mounting bracket,
that costs an extra $10. I would still go for the Freezer 7 Pro.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134
 

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Just my 2cents here, but I also swear by the Arctic Cooler 64 & 7 Pro. I use one or the other in all my systems I own and build for clients. Best Bang for Buck, especially if you aim them at the back of the case, and have a 120mm fan in the back for exhaust.

--Shodar
 

Xyiitol

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I'm getting the Arctic 7 Cooler Pro. But for my case fans, what kind of multi-fan controllers do you recommend? I'm unfamiliar with brands and that sort. I'm getting 4 scythe "Slipstream" fans that can move 110 CFM
 

iluvgillgill

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i think any fan controller will do the job nicely and handle those fans. its just up to your personal taste. of course the flashier the better because you can see it from the outside!hehe
 

Xyiitol

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How many ports would my mobo have? Also won't the multi-fan gpu block the door with the knobs? I'm using a CMStacker 830 which has a front door. If I get a fan controller like this will the case door get blocked? Will this fan controller fit? I'm not sure if this is what I want...does anyone have any recommedations? Thanks.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999171
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119122
 

Yoosty

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No, the fan controller you have listed will not block the door from closing or hit the knobs.