Date: July 27th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: SilenX
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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
According to the packaging, the Effizio will require a bit over 6-inches of clearance above the processor, so prospective buyers should make sure there's room in their chassis. Silenx lists this cooler as compatible with all modern processor sockets from both Intel and AMD. This also includes socket 775 Intel platforms and AMD support goes all the way back to 754.
The fluid bearing fan promises up to 100+ CFM at 2000 RPM and 28 dBA, but Silenx is clearly aiming at, unsurprisingly, silence. I have my doubts that gamers and overclockers will be satisfied with the cooling performance at the lower RPM limit. We'll see how it does a bit later. Right now, let's take a closer look at the Effizio.
The retail packaging has a strategically placed window to show off the cooler, and there's plenty of useful information at various places around the carton. There's even a carry handle on the top, but I not so sure that it's possible to get extreme performance from a silent cooler. Like I said, we'll see.
Inside the box, the cooler comes encased in a plastic clamshell box and Silenx also includes the 120mm fluid bearing fan and a box of accessories and mounting hardware. We'll go over all this in more detail shortly, but Mr. Bones likes what he sees so far. I concur.