In my humble opinion, the most significant part of our today’s article is the fact that manufacturers started paying attention to the comments about weak pressure of heat-pipe direct touch coolers against the CPU heat-spreader. Now you can find a reliable retention kit for your cooler that will ensure highly secure contact. Of course, it would be best if these kits were included with the bundled accessories of Xigmatek HDT-S1284 and OCZ Gladiator Max coolers. I don’t think it is going to affect their price too much; however, it will definitely improve their cooling efficiency by a few degrees. And let’s not forget about the retention for LGA 1366 processors that would be nice to have and that is not yet bundled with Xigmatek and OCZ coolers.
As for the specific cooling solutions discussed today, I have to admit that they are not too exciting by today’s standards. Xigmatek HDT-SD964 can catch your eye due to compact size and low price of only $34, but at the same time it may discourage some potential users by its unimpressive cooling efficiency and noisy operation. You may be able to improve its performance by adding a second exhaust fan to it, but as a rule, the improvement is no more than 3-4°C. OCZ Gladiator Max cooler proved a little more efficient, however with a competitor like Xigmatek HDT-S1284 priced identically, the Gladiator may have hard times finding new home. Xigmatek HDT-S1284 at the tested fan speeds is just a little behind Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme, but with a high-performance fan these two solutions run equally efficient.