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Review: Xigmatek GAIA

Review: Xigmatek GAIA

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Last but not least in our Xigmatek review lineup is the Xigmatek GAIA SD1283. We have been talking about the company in previous reviews already and won't go into much detail again. Xigmatek has impressed consumers with a good quality product line up and performance that can be shown off, remaining at an affordable price level. Xigmatek's "ICE" philosophy is well-illustrated in the company and its products.

"ICE" = Impressive / Creative / Essential

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The Gaia is a 120mm vertical airflow cooler featuring a heatpipe direct touch design. The HDT design is making a comeback this year in the air cooler market and many of the current top coolers implement the HDT design in some way shape or form. The design allows the heatpipes to make direct contact with the CPU's heat-spreader and thus allowing for direct heat transfer. The GAIA also features a fairly unique fin design which we will get into more detail about later in this review.

Xigmatek deploys the traditional HDT design with 3 straight heatpipes in GAIA. The design in this specific cooler employs 3 uncoated copper heatpipes in a fairly straight forward "U" shape design. The Gaia stand out because of it's rather flat design. The depth of the cooler measures a mere 50mm which makes it pretty slim compared to many other coolers in it's class. This can be a big advantage if space is limited or over-sized memory modules are used.

The cooler is outfitted with a single 120mm fan which is attached with a set of 4 rubber pins. The package includes a 2nd set of 4 rubber pins which can be used to attach a 2nd fan at the rear of the cooler to further enhance cooling performance.

Manufacturer Description:

120mm quiet but powerful PWM fan, 3pcs Φ8 mm heat-pipe and H.D.T. technology, Gaia-SD1283 is not only outstanding performing but also silent. It is compatibility with Intel LGA775/1156/1366/1155 & AMD AM2/AM3. also dual fan installation option.


  • H.D.T. (Heat-pipe direct touch) technology
  • Anti-vibration grommets prevent vibration and absorb noise
  • 3pcs 8mm high performance U-type heat-pipes
  • 120mm highly efficient PWM fan
  • High performance & easy installation
  • 5 in 1 application: LGA775 /1156 / 1366 ; K8 / AM2 / AM3

Supported Sockets:

  • Intel
  • 775 / 1156/ (1155)/ 1366 (Requires backplate)
  • AMD
  • K8/ AM2/ (AM2+)/ AM3 (Requires backplate)
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