Xigmatek Battle-Axe: First Direct-Touch Heatpipe VGA Cooler

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May 2, 2008 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Xigmatek Battle-Axe VD964
VGA Cooler
Manufacturer
Xigmatek
Market Price
US$35

Xigmatek, a German company founded in 2005, carries several product lines, including power supplies, and both liquid and air cooling solutions. They have been a relative unknown until recently, but the success of their HDT line of CPU heatsinks has propelled them into the limelight. Many enthusiasts are now familiar with their work, and they're eager for more.

GPU cooling is a smaller market, but no less competitive. There are several popular products, including the Thermaltake Duorb, Thermalright HR-03, Zalman VF1000 LED, and the Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 that dominate the space. The high-performing S1 in particular made us wonder if there was room for further improvement for VGA cooling without resorting to exotic methods. Xigmatek seems to think so, and the Battle-Axe VD964 is their solution. It's a formidable product on paper, armed with four direct touch heatpipes and two thick 92mm fans. It's hard to imagine that its performance will be anything but spectacular.


The Battle-Axe box sitting next to our test card with an Accelero S1 installed.


Xigmatek Battle-Axe: Features & Brief (from the product web page)
Features & Brief
Our Comment
H.D.T. (Heat-pipe direct touch) technology. HDT may be even more effective for a VGA cooler as most GPUs have exposed cores making the contact even more direct.
Special fin shape design. "Special" fin designs are usually aesthetic rather than functional.
4pcs x 6 mm high performance heatpipe Heatpipes are all the rage.
Light weight. At over 600g, it's not light; the fans account for a lot of the weight.
Anti-vibration rubber design. The fans are soft-mounted using rubber fan isolators.
92mm highly efficient fan. There are actually two 92mm fans on the Battle-Axe. We hope they are quiet.
High performance & easy installation. To be determined.
Application for nVIDIA 8800 series and Ati X1950 series. Support for ATI's HD 3800 series is notably absent.
Efficient air flow to cool down components around GPU. With two 92mm fans, this is a given.

Xigmatek Battle-Axe: Specifications (from the product web page)
Product Name
BATTLE-AXE VD964
Product Number
CAV-D9HH4-N01
Outside Dimension
194(W) x 110(H) x 32.4(D) mm
Weight
617g (w/fan)
Thermal Resistance
0.20 °C/W
Application
nVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 / 7900 / 7800 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1950 / X1900 / X1800 Series
Heatsink
Material
Aluminum Alloy
Heatpipe
6mm x 4pcs
Fan
Dimension
92(W) x 92(H) x 25(D) mm
Voltage Rating
12V
Speed
2200 R.P.M. (±10%)
Bearing Type
Hypro Bearing
Air Flow
40.2 CFM
Air Pressure
0.078 inH2O
Life Expectancy
50,000 hrs
Noise Level
20~28 dBA
Connector
3 Pin



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