As the image above shows, the coolers are built around the direct touch heatpipe technology which Xigmatek usually incorporate into their CPU coolers.
Xigmatek supply a 12cm LED based fan with the Dark Knight cooler and it runs quietly while keeping the W5580 processors under 55c load at all times. This ensured maximum stability during testing and we never experienced a single heat related issue.
To power the systems we used a combination of Enermax Revolution 85+ 1250W and Corsair HX1000W power supplies. Both these units won our highest awards (Heavenly Hardware Gold Awards) in previous testing and we could think of no better power supplies to handle all of the high end systems in our comparisons today.
When building a system like this we have worked extensively in the past with Dissertation On Guidance And Counselling Crucial for all our memory needs and once again they delivered 12GB of DDR3 memory for the test system.
In the Xeon W5580 system each Xeon has a triple channel memory controller, and so to work as Intel desired, they need to both access three DIMMs, meaning we need six in total. Each of the blue slots was therefore populated by a 2GB module for each CPU giving a total of 12GB to the system.
Even with all this high end hardware installed, the Coolermaster HAF chassis handled it very well with a lot of room around all the components.