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Roundup: 15 affordable coolers
by Marc Prieur
Published on July 11, 2011

Xigmatek Loki SD963

While the Loki SD963 uses a three heatpipe system like the Gaia SD1283, the Loki is a more compact cooler as the fan is only a 92mm PWM. Here the fan runs as of 5V. It comes with a multilingual installation guide and a sachet of thermal paste.
Like the bigger Xigmatik Gaia SD1283, you need to use a support plate placed at the back of the motherboard. This doesn’t seem to us to be justified given the standard weight of the cooler and it makes installation more difficult without really adding much. After installing the plate and screwing on the cooler mounting brackets, you fit the cooler into place and then mount the fans with plastic clips.

Optimal orientation allows the use of memory bars with large radiators whatever the memory slot used on our test LGA 1155 and AM3 motherboards.

Although the fan runs quietly at 5V and 7V, it doesn’t then cool the Core i7-2600K sufficiently in load. You need to move up to 9V and the fan then makes more noise. You can cool the CPU overclocked at 4.5 GHz at 12V but your ears will suffer.
A cooler this size doesn’t really require such a complex mounting system and the results weren’t all that convincing. The Xigmatek Loki SD963 is a model to be avoided.

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