Sometimes, you don't want to hear about a CPU's manufacturing process, or its cores, or the strength of its integrated graphics. Kidding! Of course you want to hear about all that. What you don't want to hear is the sound of a heavy-duty fan trying to keep your heavy-duty proc from getting hot under the collar. Enter this amazing all-copper beaut of a heatsink from Nofan. It's massive, it's purdy, and it's silent.
A handful of technological quandaries are keeping our small, yet powerful gadgets from becoming even smaller and powerful; one of those issues -- as any iPad or Asus Transformer Prime owner can tell you -- is heat dissipation. The copper technology found in most modern day doo-dads just ain't cutting it anymore. Fortunately, an NC State researcher has devised a new way to cool down hot electronics 25 percent faster than existing technology -- and at a lower price, to boot.
Frequent Maximum PC readers will have noticed our love affair with Cooler Master’s Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler. The 212 Plus came out of nowhere and captured our hearts—and a spot on our Best of the Best list—with its excellent cooling power and rock-bottom $30 price tag way back in 2009. It’s not the best CPU cooler we’ve tested, but we’ve installed it in virtually every stock-clocked PC we’ve built since, thanks to its unbeatable price/performance ratio. Cooler Master’s all-new Hyper 212 Evo costs five dollars more than the Plus. But is it five dollars better?
Plan on buying a Cooler Master heatsink sometime soon? If so, you could be buying into a new cooling design the company’s dubbed “Vertical Vapor Chamber Technology.” Cooler Master claims that by tinkering with the traditional heatsink design, Vertical Vapor Chambers run cooler and quieter than traditional cooling solutions.
Misplace your heatsink? Try checking your wallet, right in between your Visa credit card and your Paypal debit card. It's not outrageous, it's Novel Concept Inc.'s new ThinSink cooler, which the company claims is the world's thinnest forced convection (fan cooled) heatsink. This thing's not just as thin as a credit card, it's even skinnier, yet supposedly has a volumetric cooling efficiency 25 times greater than today's best microprocessor heatsinks, Novel Concepts says. Can it really be true?
Continuing its engine-inspired theme, Cooler Master this week announced the V6, the latest addition to the V8 and V10 family of CPU heatsinks.
The Vx series is named such because of the double "V" heatpipe design, and as you might have guessed from the product title, this one comes with six of them. The V6 also comes constructed with asymmetrical aluminum fins and up to two optional snap-on fans. As Cooler Master pitches it, the double-V heatpipe array helps spread out the heatpipes to make better use of the cooling fins, while also allowing airflow to reach each individual pipe.
"Under the hood of V6 lies an innovative sleek V-shaped heatpipe array, a very different concept from traditional heatpipe parallel placements, which helps drive heat dissipation by providing a clear path for heat removal under mid or high air pressure situations," Cooler Master says. "The asymmetrical aluminum fins, a non-traditional fin stacking design, help accelerates airflow by following the airflow behavior generated from the attached 120mm PWM red LED fan. The easy snap-on brackets allows for optional expansion of a second 120mm fan makes doubling the airflow from your heatsink a breeze."
Look for the V6 to start shipping within the next few weeks. No word yet on price.
More cool things coming out of the Intel Developers Forum. Intel showed off an upgraded stock cooler for its upcoming six-core Nehalem processor, codenamed Gulftown. Generally speaking, stock coolers are barely more than adequate when it comes to noise, cooling power, and overclockability.
However, Intel’s latest cooler takes steps to change some of that. It features an updated tower design, additional fins on the heatsink and four copper heatpipes. Obviously, overclocking enthusiasts will seek out after-market solutions, but this should be a nice change for those looking to save a buck.
Intel’s i9 six-core processor was expected to be released in the fourth quarter of this year, but has since been delayed until early of next year.
Researchers at Purdue University claim to have developed a new kind of cooling technology. Tannaz Harirchia and Suresh Garimella are using boiling liquid inside microchannels on specially fabricated chips to more efficiently cool components.
Fluids do not behave in the same way in microchannels as they do elsewhere, allowing for increased heat exchange. “Allowing a liquid to boil in cooling systems dramatically increases how much heat can be removed, compared to simply heating a liquid to below its boiling point," the researchers wrote. The device constructed at Purdue is basically a small one inch square heatsink. After liquid has boiled off in the microchannels, a small compressor disperses the heat, returning it to a liquid.
The technology has possible applications in both PC and automotive cooling. PCs are relying on numerous fans, or bulky water block cooling. Similarly, cars use both air and water cooling to remain in working order. Both these areas could see advancement if this microchannel cooling technology takes off.
Zalman has attracted more than a few fans of air cooling (pun only slightly intended) with its CNPS line of high-end heatsink/fan combos, and the company's newest entry -- the CNPS 10X Extreme -- trades in its signature circular heatpipe design in favor of a block design.
The new cooler supports a variety of sockets, including Intel's 775, 1366, and upcoming 1156, and AMD's AM3, AM2+, AM2, 754, 939, and 940. The nickel-plated cooler also comes with what Zalman says is the "world's first RPM controllable PWM fan speed controller," which overrides the motherboard's PWM signal for manual fan speed control, or can alter the signal for low, medium, or high. Best of all, Zalman says the PWM mate can be installed on the case's exterior, when far too often that isn't the case.
Five heatpipes run up through the 10X, which checks in at a hefty 920g. Other specs include aluminum fins, copper base, and noise levels between 20 - 30dBA.
No word yet on availability or price, though you can spy a handful of pics here.
Cooler Master’s V8 CPU cooler offsets a somewhat time-consuming installation process with near-record-setting performance for an air cooler. The sleek aluminum cooler’s 12cm fan sits between two heatsinks on the device, sparing fingers from the accidental nip of its 800rpm-to-1,800rpm variable fan.