Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Xigmatek
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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
First of all, let's take a moment to clarify Xigmatek's numbering system that often follows the product name. In this case, SD1283 means that Gaia has a tower design incorporating a 12cm fan and three 8mm heatpipes. The specifications are pretty self-explanatory and the real gem of the design is the base design and finish, which we'll get to later. The feature that I'm most excited about is “Easy Installation.” Installation headaches were the only issues that I had with Xigmatek's otherwise excellent Thor's Hammer cooler. The Gaia also supports all modern sockets and processors. With three big 8mm heatpipes and a 120mm PWM fan, the Gaia should be able to provide good cooling with a relatively small acoustic footprint. We'll see.