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Heatsink Showdown: Cooler Master V10 vs. Xigmatek Thor’s Hammer

We take a look at 2 new CPU heatsinks from Cooler Master and Xigmatek – the TEC-enabled V10, and Thor’s Hammer, which features Xigmatek’s Heatpipe Direct Touch technology.


Is bigger always better? That’s what Cooler Master seems to think, based on the humongous size of the V10. In addition to the huge array of fins and dual 120mm fans, the other main selling point of the V10 it its use of a thermoelectric cooler (TEC) to accelerate heat transfer.

At the other end of the arena today is the Thor’s Hammer from Xigmatek. It looks like a pretty typical tower heatsink, albeit with an unusual fin pattern. What you don’t see at first glance is Xigmatek’s Heatpipe Direct Touch design, which has the heatpipes directly contacting the CPU.

So which heatsink can handle our overclocked and overvolted Core i7 platform better? Read on to find out…

Cooler Master V10 Specifications

Xigmatek Thor’s Hammer Specifications

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