Date: August 7th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: CoolerMaster
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COOLER MASTER KHC-V81 HYPER 6 INTRODUCTION
Since the stagnation of the powerful cpu coolers first released with the new Athlon Thunderbird processors, enthusiasts have been replacing their finger chopping 60mm turbine powered CPU coolers for the newer and more efficient coolers being released on the market two years later. Don't get me wrong, everyone still wants a cool running computer, but they also want a computer that doesn't force you to crank your speakers up over half just to hear them.
A good example of this would be Coolermaster's top of the line heatpipe cooler utilizing no less than six independent heatpipes to transfer heat directly from the core. But one drawback to making heatpipes efficient is the relative surface area needed to radiate the collected heated quickly. I will fill you in more on that when I introduce this beast's size.
COOLERMASTER CORPORATE PROFILE
Cooler Master was founded with the mission of providing the industryís best thermal solutions. Since its establishment a decade ago, the company has remained faithful to this mission, emerging as a world leader in products and services for companies dealing with devices where heat issues must be resolved.
In pursuing this mission, Cooler Master is absolutely committed to delivering solutions that precisely meet customer requirements for features, performance, and quality. Moreover, we strive to be a reliable long-term partner for our customers that they can truly depend on. It aims to be the first and foremost name that comes to mind for companies around the world seeking thermal solutions, and seeks to build such a reputation through outstanding technology, sophisticated design, and superior service.
Cooler Masterís current business encompasses a comprehensive lineup of thermal solutions for a full range of applications. Its products range from heat sinks and fans to component housing, chassis, and ducting for computers, industrial machinery, telecommunications equipment, and many other devices.
A critical component of Cooler Masterís ability to successfully pursue its mission is an unstinting commitment to quality, as demonstrated by the ISO 9001 certification granted to its main manufacturing plant in Taiwan. It has also enforced ISO guidelines and is in the process of applying for ISO 9002 certification at its second and third plants, located in China. Cooler Master has also implemented a number of analytical and testing protocols to ensure top quality, including at subcontractors, to further ensure thorough quality control. Moreover, Cooler Masterís dedication to quality extends beyond manufacturing to every aspect of its operation, including service.
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 if really simple.
1.) With a tube containing a compressed fluid/gas, the fluid comes in contact with the heat source (aka cpu core) which heats up the volatile fluid and turn 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 case 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.