I could give the whole speech about how vital good PC cooling is these days but I am sure that most of you have heard it a million times before, suffice it to say that cooling is an inescapable aspect of any system build. However, there is one aspect of cooling frequently overlooked, the lowly Northbridge chipset. This is likely the most vital component in any PC, it controls everything from the interface with your graphics card through to feeding data from your RAM to your CPU and vice versa. Obviously there are also numerous other tasks it performs but we are not looking at a Northbridge review here, we are more concerned with its heat output and what measures are available to cool it. Of late the more expensive motherboards have been coming with heatpipe coolers attached to the chipsets but that is only the more costly boards that, in all honesty, are out of reach for your average system builder. There are a large number of very good motherboards on the market today that still rely on the good old passively cooled aluminum heatsinks. Your average modern Northbridge puts out enough heat to compete with low-end graphics cards and I'm sure you have all seen the cooling on those in comparison to the tiny heatsink stuck on your northbridge.
Today we'll be looking at two products from Antazone designed to address this issue, the AS-N1000 and AS-N2000. Both are heatpipe coolers and should prove an efficient passive solution.
ANTAZONE CORPORATE PROFILE
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Note: This comes directly from the Antazone website. Obviously it did not translate too well.
SMALL HEATPIPE TECHNOLOGY TUTORIAL
I am going to keep this as simple as possible to get the basic premise across to all of the Tweaknews readers. Please don't be insulted if this is too simple for your education level. I have to cater my writing to the least technical reader looking for information.
The basic idea behind heatpipe technology is really simple.
1.) With a tube containing a compressed fluid/gas, the fluid comes in contact with the heat source (the cpu core, in this case) which heats up the volatile fluid and turns it to a gas. The energy is absorbed in the gas production process and is ready for transportation.
2.) The heated gas now travels along the inner portion of the tube where it comes to the cooling portion of the heatsink in this example.
3.) The radiator, with or without a fan, will cool the liquid and transfer the energy (AKA heat) to the radiator to be dispersed to the surrounding air. With the heat removed, the vapor quickly condenses back to a fluid and runs along the inside surface of the pipe back down to the bottom where the process can be started all over again.
For another example, you can consider a boiling pot of water with a glass lid as a very very basic heatpipe. When the water boils, the water vapor comes in contact with the cooler glass pot lid which forces the vapor to condense back to water where is dribbles back down the inside of the lid back into the pot.