Xigmatek Balder SD1283 (CAC-SXHH3-U06)
This cooler is manufactured by Xigmatek and is called Balder, which is the name of the Norse god of light, spring and beauty. The SD1283-indexed model is sealed in a transparent plastic box through which you can see the cooler fan and part of the heatsink.
The specs and compatible CPU sockets are listed on the back of the box. Balder SD1283 comes with a fastening plate, spring-loaded screws, two steel retention plates for Intel processors, one swing-clip for AMD processors, silicone fan mounts, screws, a pack of Stars thermal compound, and an installation manual.
This cooler is manufactured in Taiwan and comes at a recommended price of $50.
The Balder SD1283 measures 120 x 50 x 159 millimeters at 700 grams of weight. The heatsink is designed in a simple way: 53 aluminum plates are press-fitted onto three copper 8mm heat pipes which are part of the cooler base (Heat-pipe Direct Touch technology).
The heatsink plates are 0.5 millimeters thick and placed 2 millimeters apart. The heatsink is symmetrical and has grooves in the fins. These grooves are covered on the sides with curved-in ends of the fins but open at the front and back. They seem to serve an aesthetic purpose and slightly reduce the cooler weight. They also lower the airflow resistance, making Balder effective with low-speed fans. I have seen this solution before, implemented in a less radical way, in the Prolimatech Megahalems cooler.
Balder differs from similar coolers by nickel-plated heatsink elements, which are also impeccably polished off to a mirror shine.
This looks amazing indeed, especially the base. I have got used to HDT coolers having mediocre quality of finish, but this base is a real mirror.
It must be noted that the base is flat and the heat pipes are placed at a 2.0 millimeter distance from one another.