Date: December 4th, 2006
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: ZalmanUSA
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ZALMAN FATAL1TY FC-ZV9 INTRODUCTION
If I were a gambling man, I would be willing to make a substantial wager that the vast majority of PC enthusiasts have at least heard of Fatal1ty. He's virtually a household name in the gaming community. But, for those of you who might be out of the loop on this one, Fatal1ty (AKA Johnathan Wendel) is one of the premier professional cyberathletes in the world. Let's put it this way; Fatal1ty plays computer games for a living. And he wins. A lot.
Fatal1ty has partnered with Zalman, among other companies, to market high-end products to the computer gaming community. Recently, Zalman has released the FC-ZV9, a VGA cooler bearing the Fatal1ty moniker. With GPUs producing more and more heat, good graphics cooling is more important than ever. Let's see how this Fatal1ty FC-ZV9 stacks up.
ZALMAN CORPORATE PROFILE
We, Zalman Tech Co., Ltd., are thankful to those of you who have bought our Noise Prevention products and computers, as well as all the netizens who are visiting our website. It is a pleasure to serve you. If we were to fully utilize computers' many functions such as communications, office productivity, and multimedia, our life will be much more comfortable and enriched. But if that were to be achieved, the computer must first become more user friendly.
Despite the fact that computers have become commonplace at home and at workplaces for a long time, true user friendliness of the computers are still a long shot. At Zalman Tech, we strive to make that goal a closer reality through extensive research and development of our products. We were the world first in reducing computer's noise down to lower than 20dB, thus creating a more user friendly computing environment. Now you can use a computer without distracting noise and also form high fidelity audio system or home theatre without ambient noise with one.
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.