Wednesday, August 21st 2013

Xigmatek Rolls Out Gaia II and Loki II CPU Coolers

Xigmatek rolled out second generations of two of its iconic mainstream CPU coolers, Gaia II and Loki II (pictured in that order). With its 120 mm PWM fan detached, the Gaia II measures 120(W) x 50(D) x 159(H) mm, and is a conventional aluminum fin tower heatsink, with three 8 mm-thick exposed copper heat-pipes tasked with drawing heat directly from the CPU, and transporting it to the aluminum fin stack. Weighin 460 g, the Gaia II is a mid-range heatsink. Its included 120 mm spinner can push up to 56.3 CFM of air, spinning at 800 to 1,500 RPM. Gaia II is designed to handle thermal loads as high as 150W.

Moving on, Loki II is a compact tower-type CPU cooler for light thermal loads, as high as 130W. It features a dense aluminum fin stack to which heat directly drawn from the CPU is conducted by three 6 mm-thick exposed copper heat pipes. The heatsink is ventilated by a rare 92 mm PWM-controlled fan, which can push up to 52 CFM of air, spinning at speeds between 1,200 and 2,800 RPM. Measuring 92(W)x134(H)x50(D) mm without the fan, Loki II weighs about 330 g. Both coolers are designed to support the latest CPU socket types, including Intel LGA1150/LGA1155/LGA1156, LGA1366, AM3+/AM3, and FM2/FM1. Xigmatek didn't announce pricing, but we imagine the two Asgardians to replace their current-generation counterparts, at $30 and $25, respectively.
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12 Comments on Xigmatek Rolls Out Gaia II and Loki II CPU Coolers

#1
Norton
WCG-TPU Team Captain
Waiting on reviews for Gaia vs Gaia II... the original is an excellent budget cooler :)

The wire clip fan mounts look a lot easier to deal with than the old rubber ones.
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#2
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
well they already have a CPU cooler called 'Thor' (or 'Thor's Hammer')out.

All we need now is Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Captain America, Nick Fury CPU Coolers and we would have the 'Coolers Assemble' initiative.
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#3
suraswami
How is this any different than the first series? I see only fan changing with the name changing!
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#4
james888
Here is the page for the original. Fan specs are the same. New color though. Heatsink looks the same. Both have three 8mm heatpipes. I am assuming this one also uses direct touch heatpipes.

New fan clips.
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#5
Norton
WCG-TPU Team Captain
by: james888
Here is the page for the original. Fan specs are the same. New color though. Heatsink looks the same. Both have three 8mm heatpipes. I am assuming this one also uses direct touch heatpipes.

New fan clips.
The shape has changed somewhat on the sides and the fan clips are different but the base looks about the same (HDT as before)

Need to check to see if they made any significant changes to the mounting hardware.... I hope not. Also wondering if we'll see a new revision of the dark Knight/Night Hawk?
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#6
Svarog
If the heatsink was blackish it would be nice on one of the Gigabyte OC Boards...tho id probably spend more money on premium cooler :)
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#8
Jorge
HSF design has pretty much hit the thermal efficiency wall so to increase sales makers add weid colored fans/LEDs, strange fan blade shapes, odd HSF names, etc. The good HSFs are still good regardless or what color fan/LEDs they have or the dumb name-of-the-week given to them.
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AsRock
TPU addict
by: Norton
Waiting on reviews for Gaia vs Gaia II... the original is an excellent budget cooler :)

The wire clip fan mounts look a lot easier to deal with than the old rubber ones.
Why ? if it's the saame cooler which it looks like going by mine there pretty crappy although it's not all the coolers fault a lot of it's due to the badly made chips.
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#10
Norton
WCG-TPU Team Captain
by: AsRock
Why ? if it's the saame cooler which it looks like going by mine there pretty crappy although it's not all the coolers fault a lot of it's due to the badly made chips.
I've used the originals on at least 3 of my AMD builds with no issues. It's possible that they do better on AMD due to their IHS design?
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AsRock
TPU addict
by: Norton
I've used the originals on at least 3 of my AMD builds with no issues. It's possible that they do better on AMD due to their IHS design?
I believe so a good part of it at least..
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#12
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: suraswami
How is this any different than the first series? I see only fan changing with the name changing!
The original Loki was square, which allowed for a push/pull setup. This new one looks like the back of the fins are curved, which probably adds a little surface area to them, but makes push/pull impossible.

Plus they switched out the rubber fan mounts to those stupid metal paperclip things, which is a bad move IMO.
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