- About the Gigabyte XCF700...
- Design Overview
- Installation Process and Motherboard Clearance
- How its tested??
- Temperature Readouts and Observations
- Thermal Paste Spread and Conclusion
- Online Purchase Links
Disclosure: This review unit is provided by Gigabyte
About the Gigabyte XTC700 CPU Cooler…
It’s only fair at some point for brands to try making other stuff from their comfort zone and see if anything good comes out of it. Memory makers are now known more for their cases, power supplies and other add-ons. Motherboard/Graphics card makers are no different because it helps to create a complete ecosystem. The main point for us is that it’s good enough to be purchased and used. We want good hardware, irrespective of the brand name.
The XTC700 CPU cooler isn’t the first for Gigabyte. A quick google check reveals G-Power II Pro. So it is safe to assume Gigabyte has a good deal of expertise to make a good CPU cooler. This is a 120mm CPU tower then pre-installed dual ball bearing fans with RGB accents for its logo. It supports a wide range of CPU sockets, including the phased out ones. As long as it doesn’t come in the way or affect cooling performance, nobody would care about that.
Packaging, Contents and Specifications
Gigabyte isn’t too shy about showing its CPU cooler design on the box, along with dimensions from three angles. The specifications are mentioned, and you’ll observe that XTC700 supports long-dead CPU sockets such as Intel 775 and AMD 754, 939. This is redundant as it would overcomplicate a mounting plate with multiple holes. We’ll see if it comes in the way as we progress with this review. The product is advertised to show ‘RGB spectrum’. As you can see, this is limited to Gigabyte’s Xtreme Gaming logo.
The CPU heatsink and the accessories are packed separately. There are four packs of screws- one for Intel, one for AMD and the other set are common parts. The last pack is for securing the mounting plate against the CPU cooler. The XTC700 has a backplate and a mounting plate. Gigabyte includes a wrench with a long handle and a thermal paste. Yes, there’s a metal case badge too.
|CPU Socket||Intel 2011/ 1366 / 1156 /1155 /1151 / 1150 / 775
AMD FM2+/ FM2/ FM1/ AM3+/ AM3/ AM2+/ AM2/ 939/ 754
(L x W x H)
|139 X 109 X 169 mm|
|Heat Sink Dimensions
(L x W x H)
|133 x 59 x 156 mm|
|Heat Sink Materials||3x 10mm heat pipes / Aluminum Fins|
|Heat Sink Weight||740 g|
|Heat Pipe Dimensions||ø 10 mm|
|Fan Dimensions||ø 120*25mm*2 pieces|
|Fan Speed||500 – 1700 RPM ± 10%|
|Fan Air Flow||14- 53 CFM ± 10%|
|Fan Air Pressure||0.2- 1.93 mmH20 ± 10%|
|Fan Life Expectancy||70,000 hours|
|Noise Level||12 – 31 dBA|
|Bearing Type||2 Ball Bearing|
|Rated Voltage||Fan: 12V DC, LED 3V|
|Power Consumption||6 W|
|Fan Weight||162 g|
This CPU cooler is rated to have a total weight of 1015 grams. But that’s surprising considering there are three heat pipes 10mm in diameter. In comparison, the Noctua NH-U14S officially weighs 935 grams and NH-U12S with 755 grams. Both clearly feels heavier than the XTC700. Gigabyte is providing fans with ball bearings, a much-preferred option over sleeve bearing unit. While the fans take power via 12v, the RGB LED takes 3V power via a USB header.