There is a term that is frequently heard that states that someone (or something) is the “best, pound-for-pound”. It is used to compare things while taking into account varying quantities. The most typical (and original) use is in the world of pugilism (or more simply put, boxing). It is a way of comparing the skills of a 147lb welterweight with a 250lb heavyweight. Reason would dictate that a fight between a heavyweight and a welterweight with similar skill sets would end in a victory by the heavyweight, not because of his skills, but because of his size. This does not make him a better boxer, just a bigger one. What Pound-For-Pound rankings do is determine the skills of the boxer regardless of size. It should come as no surprise that heavyweights generally don’t do very well in these rankings. At present, there is exactly one heavyweight in Ring Magazine’s top ten, champion Wladimir Klitschko….and he comes in at #7.
As much as the general public is enamored with the biggest, most boxing experts will tell you that is not always the best. The lighter weight classes offer fighters with far more speed and accuracy. Many welter to middleweights pack power that rivals the upper weight classes, they just have the ability to do it faster. Looking through several listings of the greatest fights of all time, they are almost exclusively middleweight and below, excepting the Ali/Frazier heavyweight bouts, which were seemingly from another world. Strangely, Thomas Hearns comes out on the losing end of two consensus picks, losing to Marvin Hagler and Ray Leonard in two incredible bouts. A man who won eight titles across six weight classes with a record of 61 wins against only 5 losses, may best be remembered for two losses in the middle and welterweight ranks.
Weighing in at only 200gr, the Xigmatek Durin D982 is certainly no heavyweight, but small size certainly doesn’t stop the Durin from packing a punch. The Xigmatek Durin D982 is a low profile Heat Pipe Direct Touch CPU cooler, which is a very unusual combination. With two 8mm pipes directly touching the CPU and running through a 90mm aluminum fin array, the Durin D982 is capable of heat dissipation typically reserved for larger coolers. The Xigmatek Durin is also capable of fitting into almost any case, leaving motherboard components unblocked, thanks to a 120 x 92mm footprint and a height of a scant 65mm. Xigmatek includes a PWM controlled 90mm rifle bearing fan capable of 25.2 CFM to move the air through the fins. The Xigmatek Durin D982 is a curious package, with big cooler features, a small size and a budget price point.