Xigmatek LOKI II CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Xigmatek may not be everyone’s first thought when you ask them to name cooling manufacturer, but they’ve been around for many years, creating some incredible chassis products, CPU coolers and more. With that in mind, I’ve got high expectations of the LOKI II. Of course, this is only a budget friendly, and rather small CPU cooler, so it’s not about to break any world records. However, the budget end of the market is fiercely competitive and not everyone needs a super high-end custom loop water cooling system; actually, very few people do. What most people need is something that doesn’t suck as bad as the stock CPU cooler that came with their chip and more often than not, they don’t want to spend a lot of money.

As you can see, the LOKI II is quite a compact size cooler, so it may be suitable for a lot of SFF builds. It comes with three 6mm heat pipes, with a direct touch design and a 92mm PWM fan.

The packaging is simple enough, just a nice picture of the cooler, the specs on the other side and that’s about it really.

In the box, you’ll find the cooler, the fan, a universal backplate, fitting screws and washers, two fan retention clips and the Intel/AMD brackets.

The fan may be small, but it is still very nicely designed; it features orange fan blades, that look pretty funky and some sleeving on the cable.

The fan is a brushless fitting, with a 4-pin PWM connector.

The tower is tiny, but has a solid fin stack and a triple heat-pipe design which are U-shaped to pass through each side of the tower.

The sides are partially closed off, allowing airflow to be better directed through the fins and get heat away from the cooler.

The fan mounts on this side of the cooler and there’s a pair of grooves on the side to allow you to use the fan clips. The slim design of the cooler should also mean zero issues with ram modules.

A small Xigmatek logo on the top, looks pretty cool, but the cooler also shows some signs of being a little cheap here, but that’s not exactly a shock, because it’s priced cheap!

The heat pipes are direct contact and there’s a thick mounting block to help better dissipate the heat through those pipes.

Xigmatek Octans Mini-ITX Gaming Chassis Review

Introduction


Xigmatek is well known for their funky PC chassis designs and today seems like it will be no exception to that. Their latest chassis, the Octans, is designed for the mini-ITX gaming market. There’s a lot of demand out there right now for smaller chassis, that are still just that little bit bigger, suitable for those that still want high-end graphics cards and other gaming hardware, but in a form factor that’s not too difficult to pick up and transport; a popular requirement for those who visit LAN gaming events.

As you can see from the specifications below, the Octans comes equipped with support for ATX and SFX power supplies, a few hard drives, 300mm graphics cards, 140mm tall CPU coolers and a mini-ITX motherboard; basically everything you’re likely to need for a compact gaming rig.

The Xigmatek Octans is certainly unique in terms of design, to my eyes, it looks like a bulky freighter from some obscure sci-fi series; not necessarily a bad thing. There are two ventilated sections on the left side panel, perfect for allowing airflow to your graphics card.

There’s even more ventilation on the top, which comes with a funky fin-style design.

all the usual buttons are on the top, as well as a pair of USB 3.0 ports and HD audio jacks.

The front panel certainly looks menacing! It’s slopes out at the bottom, giving the chassis a very unique appearance. There’s also a funky orange triangle with an LED light behind it for the power light.

From the right, the chassis looks the same as the left, with two more large ventilation section.

Around the back, you’ll notice eight thumbscrews, removing these allows you to quickly remove the top, sides and bottom panels. There’s a PSU passthrough cable/connector, as the PSU is mounted in the front of the chassis and you’ll also notice a small 80mm fan is pre-installed.

On the base of the chassis, there’s even more ventilation; certainly not going to be an issue with airflow here!

Xigmatek Nebula C Mini-ITX Chassis Review

Introduction


I’m a big fan of Xigmatek chassis’, time and time again they’ve shown they can make cool products with a good range of features, but most importantly, they’ve always done it with a fiercely competitive price tag, making them very attractive products to system builders. Their latest effort, the Nebula C is another welcome entry into the increasingly popular cube-type chassis market, which make great solutions for HTPC and LAN gaming systems.

  • Includes pre-installed high performance silent (black with black blades) Xigmatek XOF fan with FCB (Fluid Circulative Bearing) for optimal exhaust capabilities.
  • I/ O panel includes 2 x Super-Speed USB 3.0, HD Audio In/Out jacks, Power/Reset.
  • Capable of mounting Mini-ITX Motherboard.
  • Innovative 2 X 3.5” HDD can be converted to 2.5” SSD for easy mix and match.
  • Included 1 additional 2.5” SSD mounting holes inside chassis
  • All 3 side panels are tool-less and designed with quick release mechanism for easy hardware mounting.
  • Can install full sized power supply
  • Innovative Intake system from base of the tower.
  • Motherboard tray perforated with holes for free flow air into chassis and option for cable tie-down
  • Can mount up to 230mm Gaming Graphic card
  • Angled power/HDD light giving visual depth.
  • Polycarbonate side panels for alternative feel.
  • Baseless construct for sleek compact appearance.

As you can see from the specifications, the Nebula C may be small, but it packs just enough features for a decent gaming rig, with room for a dual-slot graphics card, ATX PSU and a few hard drives.

First impressions of the Nebula C are very good, this is one gorgeous looking chassis, its understated clean exterior and very modern design are a far cry from the usual chassis designs we see. The exterior is finished in white polycarbonate, giving it a glossy, yet soft looking finish that gives it a premium look and feel. The bottom left corner is cut away, with a small orange light fitting, a nice touch that will provide a soft glow when powered up.

There’s really very little to see on the exterior of the chassis, which is great for those who want a clean-looking system for their AV setup.

The I/O panel is a little simple, but all the basics are taken care of, offering a pair of HD audio jacks and dual USB 3.0 ports.

The glossy top panel appears to float above the side panel and in one corner, you’ll find a large power button.

The orange LED trim around the recessed button really draws your attention on the white background, its design makes you want to push it.

Front the front of the chassis, you can see the button LED cutaway, as well as a nice Xigmatek logo in the bottom right.

Around the back, we get a break from the sea of glossy whites, swapped out for a soft matte black finish. There’s a single 120mm exhaust fan pre-installed, with water/cable routing grommets directly below it. Aside from a little extra ventilation, there’s really little else to see here, just a standard ATX PSU cut-out and the fixtures for a Mini-ITX motherboard.

Xigmatek Mach Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


I must admit that I love a high-end chassis’ that are packed full of features with  a high-end rig installed, as I’m sure many of you do too. However, not everyone has a need for an extreme gaming system, nor the budget for one. For many people, a nice simple chassis that is easy to work with and wallet friendly is what they need and that’s exactly what we have here today.

The Xigmatek Mach isn’t the greatest chassis ever, but that’s because it was never designed to be and with a price tag of just £25, you could pick one up with relative ease. Even our younger readers could afford one after saving their pocket-money for a little while. At this price range, we can’t expect too much from this chassis, but just like any other mid-tower, it’s still got an important job to do; it has to securely house all the components needed for a low-to-mid budget gaming rig.

As you can see, the left panel has a raised section and features two 120mm fan mounts; perfect for giving some extra cooling power to your CPU and GPU.

The right side panel also has a raised section, although it has more benefits on this side as it’ll free up extra space for cable routing behind the motherboard.

The front panel is pretty straightforward, there’s a few small fan intakes down the bottom half and three 5.25″ drive bay covers at the top. It’s constructed from cheap black plastics, but it was hardly going to be milled from aluminium at this price range.

At the top, we’ve got a pair of HD audio jacks and dual USB 3.0 ports; it’s very nice to see dual USB 3.0 on a budget chassis.

Around the back, you’ll find two snap-out covers for two extra routing holes at the top, a 120mm fan mount, seven expansion slots and a bottom mounted PSU area. The top expansion slot cover is reusable, but the bottom six are a snap-off design.

The top panel design is pretty cool and features a bit of extra ventilation, as well as two large buttons for power and reset.

There’s four rubber feet on the base of the chassis, giving a good amount of ground clearance to the bottom PSU air intake, which also comes fitted with a basic mesh dust filter.

Xigmatek Aquila Micro-ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


It’s rare we see a Xigmatek chassis roll through the eTeknix office, but it’s certainly always a pleasure when one does. Xigmatek has a good reputation for creating uniquely designed chassis, with good build quality and competitive prices and it looks like they’re above to tick all those boxes once agin. The Aquila is a Micro-ATX cube type chassis, perfect for those who want a big system in a small box; perfect for LAN gaming, a HTPC setup or for those who are just short on space.

Cube style chassis are a big hit right now and virtually every major manufacturer has launched a new product in this category over the last couple of years. The biggest, or should that be the smallest, innovation in this part of the market is that the smaller chassis have been crammed full of high-end features that make them very competitive when compared to their mid-tower and even full-tower counterparts; a smaller chassis no longer means smaller performance.

The Aquila comes loaded with all the features you could need for a good gaming chassis. You’ll find USB 3.0 support, room for a Mini-ITX or micro-ATX motherboard, a full-size ATX PSU and graphics cards of up to 330mm; more than enough room for many of the biggest cards on the market.

The chassis has a really funky design that means that chassis is slightly raised at the front. The cube form factor is kept nice and level by the sloped handles on the top and bottom of the chassis. The side panel has a tall window that gives you a view of much of the chassis interior.

The right side of the chassis is a similar design to the left, this time of course, skipping the window panel; both side panels are held in place by a pair of thumb screws.

The chassis has a very bold design from the front, with the thick borders on the left and right side formed from the upper and lower supports, giving the chassis the appearance of being suspended between them. There’s a single 5.25″ drive bay at the top and the rest of the front panel is ventilated to allow air flow to any front mounted fans.

Around the back, you’ll find a pre-installed 120mm fan, although the mount will support a 140mm. On the right you’ll find four expansion slots, perfect for those running a multi-GPU setup. There’s a PSU mount at the bottom, with options for regular or inverted mounting, and there’s also a little extra ventilation in the bottom left corner; this is just behind the dedicated 2.5″ drive mounts on the interior of the chassis.

There’s a full-length lift-up dust filter and cover on the top panel, this is to provide airflow to any top mounted cooling such as radiators.

On the top of the chassis, you will find a power button. The button is quite large and contrasts nicely with the black panels of the chassis.

There’s a dust filter for the PSU mount, with benefits from excellent ground clearance thanks to the chassis full-length feet.

Xigmatek Gaia II CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


When I think of Xigmatek, M-ATX and ITX cases such as the “Nebula” or the “Aquila” spring to mind. These are both really nice compact cases which are competitively priced. They don’t just do cases though, Xigmatek are a vastly expanding company with a large range of products credited to them, including power supplies, fans, a range of accessories and of course coolers.

Xigmatek are back with an update of their Gaia aptly named the Xigmatek Gaia II. The original Gaia was cheap, performed well for the price and was acoustically pleasing. Hopefully the Gaia II will be able to do the same.

As you can see from the specification below, the cooler supports a range of sockets for both Intel and AMD sockets. It comes with a 120mm 4pin PWM fan and features H.D.T technology.

The front of the box is very straight forward, it features an image of the cooler, the product name and also mentions its H.D.T technology which we will take a look at in a moment.

Around the back we have the product specifications including the coolers dimensions, fan details and weight. It also has plenty of contact details should you wish to get into touch with Xigmatek.

The sides of the box just reiterate what the front and back of the box say about the H.D.T technology and also shows the product details in different languages.

In the box you’ll find the cooler, the fan, an instruction leaflet, AMD and Intel brackets, and plenty of screws and knurled nuts to attach the cooler.  There is also sachet of thermal paste. I’m not a great fan of sachets of thermal paste, I would prefer syringes as they can be used again, a sachet can’t be resealed so has to be thrown after its first application. It is nice that Xigmatek include it in the box though.

Xigmatek Eris Cube Mini-ITX Chassis Revealed

Xigmatek has just revealed their latest mini-ITX chassis; the Eris. The chassis comes in the increasingly popular cube-type form factor, which is a prime choice for those who are looking to build a more portable gaming rig for LAN events. It’s also ideal for a small gaming system that will fit into your home entertainment system; such as a SteamBox.

The Eris features a matte-black steel exterior, with a faux brushed-metal front panel design. It measures in at just 225mm x 355mm x 180mm (WxDxH) and weighs 3.06kg.

The chassis may be small, but it has room for a 240mm radiator, a 5.25″ drive bay (with 3.5″ support), as well as room for another 3.5″ or 2.5″ drive. There are two expansion slots and you’ll find more than enough room for graphics cards of up to 300mm. CPU cooler support is a 140mm, while you’ll find two 120mm top mounts, two 80mm side mounts and an 80mm rear mount for additional cooling fans.

There are no details on pricing or availability just yet, but if previous Xigmatek models are anything to go by, we would expect it to be very competitive and be available at most major retailers very soon.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

Xigmatek Reveal Maverick S Power Supplies

 

Xigmatek has just revealed their new Maverick S line of power supplies. The new PSUs are designed to be mid-range products, which offer great value for money. They’re also unique in the sense that they come in the PS3 form factor. PS3 has the same height and width as an ATX class PSU, so they still fit a standard chassis, but they’re not as long, meaning they’re great for compact chassis where space is limited.

The new PSUs measure in at just 150 x 85 x 123mm, with a 120mm PWM controlled fan. There is also a full ATX edition available should you need it. The Maverick are the full ATX, while the Maverick S are the PS3 form factor models.

All of the PSUs come with ATX, EPC and one set of PCIe connectors fixed, with all the other cables being modular. There are three models available; 400w, 500w and 600w. Each features a single +12V rail, active PFC and all the usual electrical protection systems. The Maverick series is 80 Plus Bronze, ATX 2.3 and EPS 2.92 certified, with support for Haswell C6 power states.

No details on price or availability just yet, but we expect them to be very competitive.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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Braebo Computers ‘Titan’ Budget AMD Gaming System Review

Introduction


When we take a wide look at the pre-built systems market in the UK, the number of names out there that one can choose from is growing on a near day-to-day basis. The scale at which each of these system integrators run does vary quite considerably and on the high-end of the scale where the big names such as Scan Computers and Overclockers UK dominate the market, competition is fierce and the number of systems that each name has to offer covers an incredibly wide range of budgets. When we look towards the other end of the scale, where getting your name out there is key, pitching just high-end systems that costs hundreds to buy is not exactly going to be an easy way of doing this. Instead of offering systems on the upper end of the performance scale, the other option is to create a line of budget friendly systems that contain a more modest level of performance making them ideal for the first time buyer who is just getting their feet into the door and the world of gaming on a PC.

Based in Rushden, Northamptonshire; Braebo Computers, compared to the big names out there, are a small company that was setup by two brothers since they started building systems for the public back in 2002. Since then they have developed a small range of systems, all with components from some of the biggest brands in the industry and whilst their operation my be small, they strive to offer excellent value for money with a customer service that would rival that of the market leaders. Building quality systems that are suited to your needs are where they excel and this ethos is what is driving them forward in a highly competitive market space.

The system that we are taking a look at today is one of their latest creations, offering an all-AMD based lineup consisting of the latest A10-7700k APU and an R9 270 graphics card, along with an SSD courtesy of Corsair, 16GB of memory from Crucial and off of this is spread out across one of Gigabyte’s top performing AMD boards – the F2A88X G1 Sniper. Alongside the system itself, our review package today consists of a full desktop setup that Braebo offer to all of their customers meaning that we have all the basic items needed to get the system up and running – ideal for the first time buyer. In this care package we have a 22″ monitor for AOC and a USB mouse and keyboard set from Microsoft. In addition the Titan comes with the lastest version of Windows 8.1 pre-installed and the added extra of a wireless card for connecting your new system into your home network. It looks as though all the basic essentials have been taken care of and ticked off, so lets take a look at the Titan system and see what it’s made of.

  • Name: Braebo Titan
  • Case: Xigmatek Asgard 381
  • MB: Gigabyte G1 A88X Sniper
  • CPU: AMD ‘Kaveri’ A10 7700k Quad Core APU @ 3.4GHz
  • Cooler: Stock AMD
  • RAM: 16GB Crucial CT2KIT102464BA160B 1600MHz (8GB x2)
  • SSD: Corsair Force LS 64GB
  • HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
  • GPU: VTX3D AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB
  • PSU: Corsair CX600
  • ODD: 24x Dual-Layer DVD Writer
  • WLAN: Asus PCE-N10 802.11n 150Mbps
  • Monitor: AOC E2250S 22″ LED
  • Peripherals: Microsoft Basics Mouse & Keyboard
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Warranty: 3 year RTB – 1 month collect & return
  • Price: £799.99 Inc VAT / £699 Inc VAT without monitor, mouse & keyboard

Compared to the full on specifications of the systems that we have seen up to today, Braebo’s Titan is more modest and this all comes down to its target audience. When looking across the board at every pre-built system that can be bought, the main bulk of these are aimed directly at the mainstream consumer and up towards the super enthusiast, where money is no object and performance is everything. The Titan brings this all back down to earth with a more basic lineup of components that round-up to a price that is more suited to the entry-level end of the spectrum.

When we look at the accessory set of a pre-built system, on the whole it is made up of all the little extras that come with each individual component such as manuals, adaptors and cables. Braebo’s Titan is no different, although depending on the package that you opt for, you can choose to get a complete setup headed your way instead. in the complete package Braebo bundle in a 22″ AOC monitor and a Microsoft mouse and keyboard set, giving you everything that you need to get up and running.

Xigmatek Aquila Micro-ATX Chassis revealed

The stylish new Aquila micro-ATX chassis has been officially announced today by Xigmatek. The case design consists of two matte-silvery beams onto which the frame is suspended, which inclines from within, at an acute angle. The motherboard tray is oriented along the plane of the base, rather than perpendicular to it, which results in a lot of room for tall CPU coolers, as tall as up to 18 cm, and long graphics cards, as longs as up to 33 cm. The motherboard tray, and a 5.25-inch drive bay make up the top compartment of the case, with valves cutouts running to the bottom compartment, which houses the PSU bay, two 3.5/2.5-inch bays, and two 2.5-inch bays.

Xigmatek Aquila provides a flexible and optimum ventilation system. With all its drive bays in place, you can install 120 mm or 140 mm front coolers, or make a few adjustments to seat a large 200 mm cooler. This comes in handy if you like keeping your hardware continuously overclocked and want to keep your temperature low without having to switch to water cooling. The rear panel features room for a 140 mm exhaust, the top features room for two 140 mm fans, which can hold on to a 140 x 280 mm radiator and the front-panel connectivity includes a pair of USB 3.0 ports along with HD audio jacks. It measures 390 mm x 403 mm x 265 mm.

However Xigmatek have not disclosed any pricing yet, but what is known is the color of the chassis, which can be bought in either white or black color variants. More information can be found on Xigmatek’s website here.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Xigmatek Global.

Unique Looking Xigmatek Orthrus SD1467 CPU Cooler Released

It is very rare to actually see a CPU cooler that looks dramatically different to the traditional offering of AIOs, tower heatsinks, top down coolers and so on. Yet Xigmatek’s Orthrus SD1467 CPU cooler certainly breaks the mould quite a lot. Impressively this CPU cooler uses seven 6mm heat pipes of which 5 go into a larger heatsink ventilated by a 140mm fan and the other 2 go into a smaller heatsink ventilated by an 80mm fan.

This is all enclosed by a plastic shroud on top which gives a very unique look and feel. The top fan as mentioned is a 140mm fan and uses PWM between 800 and 1200 RPM, the 80mm PWM fan has a maximum RPM of 2000 RPM.

With a weight of 875 grams Xigmatek claim that the Orthrus SD1467 can dissipate up to 180W of TDP.

Key features as specified by Xigmatek can be seen below. More is available at the product page.

  • Seven high quality heat-pipes and copper base material – effective heat transfer.
  • Duel set of Heat-sink fins allows additional heat dissipation to other components on the motherboard.
  • Fans can be reverse mounted.
  • Supports E-ATX, ATX, micro-ATX and mini-ITX form factors.
  • Extremely quiet.
  • Fans are equipped with FCB (Fluid circulative bearing)
  • Fans are equipped with white LED’s.
  • Cooler cover-plate protects fins whilst adding a unique design.
  • Braided cables on fan, keeps the wires hidden and maintains aesthetics of the interior.
  • Easy to install

It is certainly a unique looking CPU cooler but I have a feeling more people will dislike the way it looks compared to those who like it.

Images courtesy of Xigmatek

Xigmatek XAF Series F1255 120mm Fan Review

Xigmatek aren’t a brand known that well for their fans but they do actually delve quite a lot into the cooling market making a wide variety of CPU coolers and fans. Xigmatek are more well known for their cases of which we have tested many including recently the Asgard 381, Midgard II and Elysium.

Cases aside though, today we have a fan with us from Xigmatek’s XAF series – The F1255. You can get all the specifications, images and other information from that link, but in case you are too lazy to go and investigate we have included the specifications below:

The Xigmatek XAF F1255 comes packaged in some tight fitting plastic which gives you a good look at the product.

The back contains some detailed specifications and information. Apologies for making you turn your head!