Xigmatek Dark Knight

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oipluckie
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I've seen this heatsink in alot of videos and they were all in different directions. I was wondering if it could be set in any direction without any modification or does it have a default one. Wanting to put this on an AMD Phenom II processor.

CPU:AMD Phenom II X3 720 3.0Ghz(Xig DK) Case:NZXT Apollo
Motherboard: GA-MA790GPT-UD3H
RAM: A-DATA 4Gb DDR3 1600G @ 1600Mhz
Video Card: EVGA GTX 460 1GB EE

d3uS2029
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It depends on the airflow. i have mine set to intaking air from the front of the case and exhausts out the back (best case scenario for an Antec 1200)

What Case and motherboard are you using?

I'll take a look for you.

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You can have it facing any way as long as it fits. Mine blows air out of the back of the case but I was thinking of mounting the cooler so it blows air out of the top.

oipluckie
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I have a NZXT Apollo and thanks for the help, I'm really looking forward to this heatsink. I'll try to put my info in my signature as well.

Warmacblue what is the cartoon called of your profile picture? xD I've been wondering what it was called but never can figure it out.

Warmacblu
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Aw come on, The Brave Little Toaster.

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your case doest have top exhaust fans to yea point it in the direction where the fan blows out the back of the case

oipluckie
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Alright thanks alot, I'd seen an NZXT apollo with the fan pointing up just thought it would go up into the PSU and blow it out from the rear. Anyways thanks I like how it looks sideways though so I'll try that.

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AMD's mounting system only allows you to mount it horizontally, so the air is directed towards the top of the case. Like this:

If you want to mount it so that the air is directed towards the back of the case (see pic below), you will either need to:

a.) Buy a custom bracket, which can be found here. I have one of these for my Xiggy S1283, which is the same thing as the Dark Knight. It works very well. You will also need four 6/32 1/4" machine screws to mount the heatsink to the backplate. These can be found at your local hardware store for under a dollar.

b.) Modify the socket 775 brackets that came with your cooler, and use them with the Enzotech Type-X. Instructions can be found here.

If I were you I'd go with the first option, it proved to be much easier for me compared to the second option (which I tried as well).

Here's the heatsink mounted vertically:

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I also have a Dark knight and have it set to blow air out the rear of my case :) yes, my wires are a mess -_-
Case/heatsink/fans do a good job of keeping my i7 920 @ 3.8ghz pretty cool.

Warmacblu
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@Gabkicks - why is your PSU mounted upside down? Are there holes underneath the mounting spot? If so you should position the PSU so it draws in cold air from the outside.

Gabkicks
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the fan is facing up so it sucks air in and exhausts it out through the PSU. The manual says to put it in that way, and also there's no vent underneath.

Warmacblu
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If there are no vents underneath then it makes sense. My case has vents where the PSU goes so it draws in cold air and exhausts the hot PSU air out the back.

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THats the only drawback of the Antec 1200.

i have the same issue.

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Yeah, I was always confused on this. I have the 1200 as well and was wondering which way to mount the PSU, I have mine with the fan facing the top as well.

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That seems kinda weird. Doesn't that mess with the hot air rising and cold air falling fact? Does the PSU draw hot air from the middle of the case or does it intake just the cold air at the bottom?

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I always thought the fan was supposed to exhaust the hot air out the fan side because if you mount it with the fan facing down, there's no space to draw out the hot air and the PSU would fry.

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If there are holes at the bottom of the PSU mount (bottom mounting cases), then the PSU draws the cool air from the outside and exhausts it out the back of the case. If you mount the PSU with the fan up, it draws in the hot air from inside the case and exhausts it out the back. It is fine either way, I would just think that drawing in hot air from inside the case is never a good idea for the PSU because it could result in overheating. Fans on PSU's generally intake air and that air is blown over the components inside the PSU unit and then exhausted out the back.

oipluckie
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I wish i could've gotten a better case xD. I was on a budget so i was stuck with the NZXT, and it was the best i seen for the price. I would really like to get an Antec case.

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Well with the 1200, ventilation is not really an issue.

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I want the Dark Knight for my future AMD Phenom II 965 except there is a better one in this price class

 

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