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Looks like the launch of Intel Core i7 platform hasn’t yet inspired cooling solution manufacturers. No increased activity has been detected yet in the cooling solutions market and no brand new solutions for the new processor and complete platform are coming out yet. Instead, many well-known brands are offering additional retention kits for the existing cooler models either for a small price or even for free, like Noctua. However, it is pretty logical, because the cost of making a new retention kit is incomparable with the cost of designing a new cooling solution from scratch.

I believe that most importantly they should make sure that the coolers selling these days come bundled with new retention kits, because cooling solutions may often outlive one or even two processors. Unfortunately, three coolers from our today’s article do not have an LGA 1366 retention kit with them (at least so far). Nevertheless, they may be extremely interesting to our regular readers, because they have been significantly improved compared with the previous models. I am talking about Xigmatek HDT-SD964, Xigmatek HDT-S1284 and OCZ Gladiator Max, which we are going to discuss today.

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Xigmatek HDT-SD964 (CAC-S9HH4-U01)

We have already discussed Xigmatek HDT-SD963 cooler, and now XIGMATEK Co., Ltd released an enhanced modification of a relatively compact cooler. The box is pretty small, made of thin cardboard. It has all the information about this cooling solution printed on it, including description of employed technologies and technical specifications:


There is a polyurethane foam casing inside the box that protects the cooler from physical damage during transportation. There is a plastic bag with accessories in its upper part:

Let me list them all one by one from left to right and from top to bottom:

  • Two retention brackets with plastic clips for LGA 775 mainboards;
  • Two retention screws for the brackets;
  • Eight silicone spindles for attaching the fans to the heatsink;
  • A Molex power adapter for the three-pin fan connector;
  • Swing-clip for AMD K8 and K10 processors;
  • 1g pack of SilMORE thermal compound;
  • Assembly and installation manual.

Xigmatek HDT-SD964 is made in Taiwan.

Xigmatek usually has the fan packed separately from the heatsink. So, let’s start with the latter:

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