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

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Viewed from the side, the fins are rather minuscule. Directly below the center of the fans, the contours make the overall surface area much lower than if it had a straight, uniform design. On the fan side, they are slightly concave, presumably to reduce turbulence.

Fin shape.

The fans are soft mounted to the heatsink only at the extreme left and right. At the center they are held by the metal frame.

Fin spacing.

The fin spacing is fairly tight, making it a poor choice for a passive cooler. The overall construction suggests that Xigmatek is counting on the heatpipes and fans to do most of the work.

Fan isolator.

The fan isolators on each side attach just as they do on other Xigmatek heatsinks. The isolators have slits in the middle, allowing them to be inserted through the edges of the fins.

A view of the base.

The fans are held on by only two fan isolators a piece. However there is room for more at the center and Xigmatek provides four extra isolators. Why they are not pre-installed in the first place is a mystery.

Fans removed.

The fans have dimensions of 92 x 92 x 25 mm and are rated to draw 0.17A and spin at 2200 RPM. With these two beasts blowing onto the heatsink, we have no doubt the Battle-Axe will be an excellent performer.

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