Date: December 10th, 2009
Article by: Damian Plasencia (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
The Contac 29 is a simple, compact cooler with a direct heatpipe contact cooling solution. It features three 8mm copper heatpipes and comes with an included 120mm PWM fan styled with unique low noise fan blades.
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.
Thermaltake ships the Contac 29 CPU Cooler in a white cardboard box covered with detailed pictures on the side and back, as well as important information regarding the cooler and its specifications and features.
As you can see in the above picture, the Contac 29 comes with mounting hardware for all the latest platforms including Intel's LGA1156/1366 and AMD's AM3 platform. Inside one of the bags you are treated to a complementary tube of thermal paste. Along with the hardware you also get an extra set of Ant-vibration soft mounts for installing an optional 120mm fan. Lastly is the documentation, which includes warranty information and a user's manual.