Date: November 24th, 2008
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Silverstone
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SILVERSTONE NT06 INTRODUCTION
If you've been around the PC aftermarket very long, the SilverStone brand name should sound very familiar. They've been in the business for a long time and have a reputation for quality products. They've sent us their new NT06 Evolution CPU cooler for evaluation; an update of the Nitrogon NT01 cooler from a few years ago. SilverStone has doubled the cooling area and radically changed the design to make it more “board-friendly” on modern platforms. With five sintered powder heatpipes and the densely-packed aluminum fins, SilverStone promises great things with regard to the NT06 Evolution. To quote from the SilverStone website, “The Nitrogon NT06-E was designed and created with one single purpose, to cool the hottest CPUs in the world.” We'll take it for a test drive and see how it performs.
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.