ID-Cooling Builds Mini-ITX CPU Cooler With Vapor Chamber

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I would love to see some hands on tests. This could very well be the cooler I was looking for to keep my next build a mini powhouse!
 

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Wait why doesn't this make sense for larger systems if it cools that well why not make a full tower design of one of these. Hell one of these in a full tower design could probably take passive cooling into new league of it's own.
 

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A full tower design would not give much added benefit to a flat vapor chamber directly over the CPU since most of the heat would already be dissipated in the first few centimeters off the fin base. If you want to propagate heat through a large fin stack, you need heat pipes of some sort.
 

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I don't see why it's not possible to use heatpipes with a vapor chamber, or larger fins to dissipate the heat.

Moreover, the most efficient design would be for a motherboard that has a single vapor chamber over the CPU, the GPU(s), and the chipset. Since Intel isn't very interested in innovating in the desktop enthusiast space, though, we won't see anything like that soon.
 

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Specifically, I think there should be a motherboard design that lets people install GPUs as chips just as they install CPUs. GPU RAM would also be user-installed. The motherboard would handle all the power regulation and everything would be cooled by a single vapor chamber and large fan. (A secondary fan could be used, of course, to cool a hard disk stack.)

It is extremely inefficient to use the ATX design for high wattage parts -- with things like GPU cards sticking out in odd directions.
 

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A vapor chamber is just a special case of heat pipe. Both are based on the same fundamental principle of trapping a phase-changing material between heated and cooled surfaces so one surface boils it off while the other condenses it back to liquid. Having both would be redundant and less effective in most cases since you are reducing the temperature gradient required to make the convection and phase-changing happen efficiently.
 

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http://www.tomshardware.com/news/cooler-master-3d-vapor-chamber,28372.html

"As the CPU heats the liquid in the vapor chamber, the liquid ensures that it is dissipated evenly to the copper heat pipes, thus eliminating hot spots and ensuring better cooling.

Cooler Master has taken the concept to the next level by effectively making the heat pipes part of the actual vapor chamber. Instead of laying on top of the vapor chamber, the heat pipes are connected to it."
 

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Flat vapor chambers in combination with heat pipes have been used for a while. For instance the Cooler Master V4 GTS (circa 2012) uses both. Horizontal Vapor Chamber minimizes CPU hotspots and spreads heat evenly to all heatpipes while Heatpipe Array quickly removes heat from the Vapor Chamber.

3D vapor chamber is a refinement where both are integrated into a single component for (hopefully) better efficiency.
 

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Actually it has been done. Cooler Master TPC 812 and TPC 612 both use the concept of "vertical vapor chamber". It's a elongated rectangular vapor chamber where both sides are bended up and run up through the fins.

Vapor chambers are also used a lot in GPUs since you have a lot of flat area but very short fins (GPUs must fit in a few cms)
 
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