The HDT-RS1283 is supplied in a red cardboard box. The front side of the box is clear but you can only see the cooler’s fan. All of the specifications of the product can be read at the rear of the packaging. The bundle is minimalistic and it only includes the mounting hardware, an optional spoiler and a basic but well written manual.
The fan supplied with the RS1283 is a rifle bearing 120mm fan. Both the black frame of the fan and its orange blades are semi-transparent. It’s a PWM design and its speed range is between 800RPM and 1500RPM. Strangely, despite that the fan has the exact same speed specifications and bearing as the black fan bundled with the RS1283 model, Xigmatek claims that it is not only more efficient but also more silent than its black counterpart.
The HDT-RS1283 shares the exact same body as the RS1283 model, with minor enhancements. It has a small base and the heat is transferred to the many aluminium fins through 3 heatpipes. The heatpipes are not simply moving through the base of the heatsink but they are in direct contact with the CPU. This way the heat can be transferred faster and more efficiently. The base of this product serves as nothing more than a support, necessary for the mechanical cohesion of the cooler. The aluminium fins are rectangular but they slightly bent inwards at the middle of the heatsink, reducing the noise caused by airflow resistance without any negative impact on performance. Each of the fins also has two bumps which lock the optional spoiler in place. The difference between the RS1283 and this cooler is that Xigmatek nickel plated the copper heatpipes and the nickel plating will prevent the corrosion of the copper in the long run but it is mostly there for aesthetic purposes.
The installation of the HDT-RS1283 is an extremely easy process. You will not even have to remove your motherboard from the case as the cooler is using the same push-pins retention design as the stock coolers. First you have to attach the brackets with the push-pins on the cooler with the two included screws. Then you must apply a thin layer of thermal paste on your CPU. Optionally you can attach the spoiler at the rear of the heatsink, somewhere between the 4th and 6th fin. The spoiler is supposed to aid the cooling of your motherboard’s components, afterwards you have to install the cooler on your motherboard by pressing on the push-pins firmly. Finally you have to attach the rubber isolators to the included fan, which will simply pop into their slots from the front side of the cooler. The bright white LEDs light up the semi-transparent body of the fan and create a subtle, yet stylish visual effect.
There are two problems you might encounter during the installation of the RS1283 cooler, first of all, the cooler is fairly low; anything about the CPU area which is over 29-30mm tall will block the installation. You should be very careful if you have a tall Northbridge cooler or if the RAM slots are too close to your CPU socket. Second, the optional spoiler locks on the bumps but it feels very loose and may fall off at the first sign of mishandling.
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