Date: September 28th, 2010
Article by: Damian Plasencia (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: DeepCool
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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
With the top-down design, this cooler is a rather large and bulky. The heatsink is constructed of 55 aluminum fins connected by 6 heatpipes and a copper base. It includes a PWM 120mm fan with built in blue LED illumination and supports all the latest socket types from Intel and AMD. The compatible platforms are LGA 1366/1556/775 and AM3/AM2+/AM2/940/939/754.
The original shipping box is functional, but plain with the front showing the cooler through the packaging. There isn't a whole lot going on, most of the information is on the bottom of the box where it tells you all the features this cooler has and what you should expect.
Included with the cooler was an assortment of mounting hardware including mounting hardware ranging from different Intel platform to AMD platforms, from previous old generation the latest generation like LGA 1366/1156 and AM3/AM2+. One thing to note is that the Killer Whale's mounting system is not similar to a low end cooler where you use a single clip or push pins. Instead, separate mounting brackets and screws which might involve the removal of the motherboard from the case. We also receive DEEPCOOL's latest thermal compound, Z9 and of course an installation manual which has a step by step guide for every socket type.