Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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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 it dribbles back down the inside of the lid back into the pot.
It's basic, but it gets the point across.
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
In short, the Hyper 212 Evo is a big, heavy cooler with four direct contact heatpipes, a PWM fan and a unique design that promises excellent cooling. Both socket and processor compatibility is excellent and the PWM fans should keep noise to a minimum. We'll see. We'll go over the more exotic features in a bit, but for now, let's take a closer look at the cooler.
Striking graphics and abundant information leave no doubt about what's inside the retail carton, but…
…it's what's inside that counts. A plastic clamshell holds the N620 ( along with its 120mm PWM fan attached,) a bag of mounting hardware and the instruction sheet. Don't overlook the heavy steel backplate that's stashed at the bottom of the box. We'll go over this stuff in more detail in the next section, but I'm pretty impressed with this cooler so far.