Date: September 19th, 2006
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: APACK
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
The CF900 is a single socket cooling solution, compatible with the Intel 775 form factor only. It features four copper heatpipes, copper fins and a copper base that, with its steel frame and fan, gives it a weight of 562 grams (almost 1.25 pounds). Its relatively compact size and low fan speed and noise ratings make this cooler very attractive for applications where space and quiet operation are at a premium.
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.
It's basic, but it gets the point across.
A convenient clamshell retail package keeps the CF900 and accessories secure while letting the consumer have a good look at what they're getting.
The rear of the package has some specifications and fan speed data. I really detest those welded plastic containers that are so prevalent these days and I applaud Apack for their packaging choice here.
Inside the “shell”, we find the cooler, mounting screws with captive springs, thermal grease, backplate and installation guide. As with most aftermarket 775 coolers, the motherboard will have to be removed to install the CF900.