Date: August 7th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: CoolerMaster
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So what makes the Hyper 6 tick?
Moving from bottom to the top, you will first notice the copper core which is protected by a thin plastic sheet during packaging and shipping. Underneath is almost perfectly finished core contact surface suitable for the heatspreaders attached to the P4 or the A64 processors. A little lapping will be needed if you want a perfect mirror finish. Do I think a lapping is needed? Not in the slightest.
Moving up, the second feature is this small copper standard heatsink which is comprised of eleven thick copper fins to aid in the cooling of your processor core. To the left and the right you can see the heatpipes going up into the radiator.
On either side of the heatsink are three heatpipes which cool the core directly.
Through this very handy illustration via Coolermaster.com you can see just how the heatpipes cross the core for maximum surface area. More surface area will lead to more heat being absorbed and transferred. Any extra heat left over can be easily handled by the small heatsink pictured in the second photo from the top of the page.
All six heatpipes are welded into the twenty seven 85x70mm copper plates. This large amount of surface area allows for excellent heat transfer to the moving airflow. And with the fan being mounted where most of the air flow will be along the outer edges, I wouldn't be surprised to see some excellent cooling results.
It is indeed a beautiful heatsink, two things you will have to definitely consider is the height (120mm) and the staggering weight of exactly one kilogram (2.2lbs). EEEEK! =O
If your computer is of the horizontal variety, you are good to go. If you have a vertical based computer which makes up most of today's computers, I would be concerned. It's not so much the weight of the cooler, it is the excessive torque it puts on your socket retainer bracket. Having a one kilogram load break from the socket retainer and plowing through your videocard and anything else in its way will leave the user nothing less than devastated.
I did some basic calculations with two bias considerations. I considered all the weight to be at the top of the heatsink for maximum torque and the weight included the fan.
COOLERMASTER HYPER 6:
2.42lbs x 4.72 inches = 11.42 foot pound-force
ARCTIC COOLING 4PRO L PENTIUM 4 COOLER:
1.32lbs x 3.03 inches = 4.00 foot pound-force
With a basic calculation, you can see that with the fan installed, you will be looking at approximately three times the torque load on your socket bracket which is why they include the backing plate.
More on the installation in the next page....