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H.D.T. works well.
Supports many CPU’s.
Comes with a beautiful fan.
Innovative direct touch heatpipe design.
Very wide socket compatibility.
Excellent mounting solutions.
A bit Louder than Some Coolers.
Manual could use a little work.
No firm MSRP.
By The Best Case Scenario on August 31, 2010
Today on the bench I've got Xigmatek's Balder CPU cooler, one of their HDT (Heatpipe Direct Touch) series. Faced with some of the hottest and fastest processors available today how does it fare? We'll find out as we strap it to something and...
By OverclockersQH on August 27, 2010
Overall, I was quite happy with Xigmatek Balder CPU cooler’s performance. It performed quite well, next to a much more expensive cooler, and even surpassed it in some areas. For a budget PC enthusiast I would say this cooler is a great choice....
By HardwareHeaven on July 14, 2010
The Xigmatek Balder may not be at the forefront in terms of performance but it provides good value for money. The cooler was a little noisy with the fan at full speed but when left to the motherboard to control, this was substantially reduced. We would...
By X-bit Labs on May 21, 2010
The two coolers I have reviewed and tested today prove that beauty can be effective, even though not always. Xigmatek Balder features a nice-looking shiny heatsink, dazzling heat pipes and pretty fan highlighting, but also delivers decent cooling...
By Benchmark Reviews on March 12, 2010
The Xigmatek Balder SD1283 includes one 120mm cooling fan, but can fit a second unit on the reverse side of...
By TweakNews on January 25, 2010
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...
By Pureoverclock on December 02, 2009
The Xigmatek Balder SD1283 continues in the HDT technology tradition, a design that we've seen is extremely effective for cooling efficiency when used in a tower-style setup. An interesting observation here is that we've also seen that the...
By HardwareMX on April 17, 2011
Que tal estimados lectores de HardwareMX, anteriormente tuvimos la oportunidad de probar un disipador de la marca Xigmatek, el Xigmatek GAIA el cual ofrece muy buen desempeño por el precio que tiene, en esta revisión hablaremos de su hermano...
By AwardFabrik on June 22, 2010
Zusammenfassend lässt sich festhalten, dass beide Kühler mit wenigen Ausnahmen im Test überzeugen konnten. Der Alpenföhn Matterhorn konnte vor allem durch die exzellenten Lüfter überzeugen, die selbst bei 12V nur minimal zu...
By Planet 3DNow! on June 03, 2010
Das Gesamtfazit wird keinen Sieger krönen aber einige Hinweise bieten. Der gesamte Test zeigt, dass man nicht immer einen leistungsstarken Kühler benötigt. Gerade die 65W TDP-Klasse kann man im Grunde mit jedem Marken-Kühler unter...
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