Product: Xigmatek HDT-S1284
Company: Xigmatek
Authour: James 'caveman-jim' Prior
Editor: Charles 'Lupine' Oliver
Date: August 9th, 2009
Xigmatek HDT-S1284 + XLF-F1253

Our previous review introduced this fan, a low noise sleeve bearing fan in a dark smoky grey shroud and white LEDs. It increases CFM over the standard fan as well as decreasing noise. Fitted with a 3-pin PWM fan header, it can be used as a CPU heatsink fan or as a case fan, depending upon your needs.

Xigmatek XLF-F1253 Product Packaging
Xigmatek XLF-F1253 Product Packaging

In action, the white LEDs add a stylish touch that works well with virtually any case design or style. The white LEDs are not overly bright, but still illuminate details inside for a nice look through windowed case sides. The transparent orange fan blades create a nice swirl effect in motion that is understated and not as clichéd as the now ubiquitous blue or red LED colored fan.

Xigmatek HDT-S1284 with XLF-F1253
Xigmatek HDT-S1284 with XLF-F1253
Xigmatek HDT-S1284 with XLF-F1253
Xigmatek HDT-S1284 with XLF-F1253

Xigmatek HDT-S1284 with XLF-F1253 Test Results:.

Below are the results for the HDT-S1284 fitted with the XLF-F1253 fan, in both stock and overclocked configurations. Before running the tests, the motherboard BIOS CPU fan configuration was updated and calibrated to use the 3 pin fan header and PWM speeds specific to this fan.

Xigmatek HDT-S1283 with XLF-F1253 Results
Xigmatek HDT-S1283 with XLF-F1253 Results

In stock configuration the CPU idles at 26C and 35C, for IHS and CPU core average respective temperatures. Upon beginning the Prime95 run, the CPU IHS temperature rises to 38C in under 2 minutes, with the CPU core average rising to 45C at the same time. Throughout the test only a small variation in CPU temperatures is noted, likely due to the different size blended FFT's being run through Prime95. After 30mins the test is stopped and the CPU IHS temperuature drops to a little over the pre-test idle in under 2 minutes. The CPU core average time similarly drops quickly, from 45C to 35C in around two minutes also.

Overclocked to 3.6Ghz @1.525v vCore, the CPU IHS temperature idles at 32C, and the CPU core average is recorded as 42C, in the pre-test idle period. Firing off the Prime95 test we see the CPU IHS temperature jump to 51C in under 2 minutes, and hit the peak temperature of 53C in 11 minutes. CPU core average is also quick to increase, transitioning from 42C to 59C in two minutes and taking 18 minutes to reach the load test high of 62C. Killing the Prime95 test sees the CPU IHS temperature drop to 34C in four minutes and remain around that point for the cool off period. The CPU core average temperature settles to 43C after two minutes, as well.


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