Friday, March 6th 2009

Sapphire Showcases Radeon Video Cards with Vapour Chamber Coolers

ATI's official partner Sapphire Technology is showcasing a new type of video card cooling at CeBIT 2009. The VGA heatsink incorporates Vapour Chamber technology and will be featured on some of the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870 video cards to come. The Vapour Chamber technology is a rather new kind of cooling technology for video cards, and until now it was used only by ASUS. In essence, it is very similar to the heat-pipe technology we've seen plenty of times before, taking heat and transferring it away from its source to a cooler area. However, in the Vapour Chamber technology the cooling effect is achieved not by a gas, but by a vacuum chamber. The heatsink occupies two PCI slots, and also features a big fan on top. Unfortunately, that's all the information we have for now.


Source: ComputerBase.de
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23 Comments on Sapphire Showcases Radeon Video Cards with Vapour Chamber Coolers

#1
HolyCow02
sweet. Can't wait to hear about some reviews on this.
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#2
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
Sounds awesome :p better not be a flop though.
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#3
kiriakost
That looks like P4 Prescott cooler, on a large plate .

It was not the coolest cooler for the Prescotts , but for this use , it possibly helps well. :)
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#4
h3llb3nd4
wonder what's the temp of that card.... Very interested I am
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#5
nafets
...The Vapour Chamber technology is a rather new kind of cooling technology for video cards, and until now it was used only by ASUS...
Huh? Apparently Sapphire's own Vapor-X cooler, used on it's own HD3870/4870 TOXIC models doesn't apply. An small oversight, I'd say.

This new version of the Vapor-X cooler is more of a revamp, than anything really new. Bigger fan, redesigned heatsink with "vapour chamber" technology, and a different shroud.

Interesting, to say the least...
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#6
gvblake22
I was kindof thinking the same thing nafets; this has all been done before, nothing really new here. Hopefully we see this type of cooling on more than one lone product like before.
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#7
djisas
by: nafets
Huh? Apparently Sapphire's own Vapor-X cooler, used on it's own HD3870/4870 TOXIC models doesn't apply. An small oversight, I'd say.

This new version of the Vapor-X cooler is more of a revamp, than anything really new. Bigger fan, redesigned heatsink with "vapour chamber" technology, and a different shroud.

Interesting, to say the least...
Or the 3870 atomic, the first to use it, i wanted one badly but never managed to get my hands on one and latter bought a 8800gts g92...
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#8
erocker
by: kiriakost
That looks like P4 Prescott cooler, on a large plate .

It was not the coolest cooler for the Prescotts , but for this use , it possibly helps well. :)
Yes! It looks like the silver puck of a HSF that you get with a E8400 processor. The fancy plastic shroud looks nice though.
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#9
theorw
by: nafets
Huh? Apparently Sapphire's own Vapor-X cooler, used on it's own HD3870/4870 TOXIC models doesn't apply. An small oversight, I'd say.

This new version of the Vapor-X cooler is more of a revamp, than anything really new. Bigger fan, redesigned heatsink with "vapour chamber" technology, and a different shroud.

Interesting, to say the least...
+1
FUNNY!I thought my SAPPHIRE 3870 TOXIC had vapor chamber too...
They must really take customers for idiots!!!!!!!!
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#10
Marineborn
i have a 3870 with vapor technology doesnt even have a dam fan on it, i oced that beeotch and it didnt move above 40c at load NO LIE! things a beast
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#11
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
From the underside I noticed this card has 2 8 pin connectors. At least thats what the connectors solder points look like.
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#12
djisas
2 8 pin??
Not even the hd2900 nor any of the x2 cards had 2 of those and from what i see its 6x2
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#13
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: djisas
2 8 pin??
Not even the hd2900 nor any of the x2 cards had 2 of those and from what i see its 6x2
Download the picture and zoom in and you will see what looks like two 8 pin solder points

I agree its very strange if it does have that many connectors.
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#14
nafets
There are 12 solder points total, visible from the backside; Comes out to two 6-pin PCI-E connectors...
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#15
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: nafets
There are 12 solder points total, visible from the backside; Comes out to two 6-pin PCI-E connectors...
:o I need to lay off the coke :rolleyes: I mean pepsi.

Damn I feel dumb :laugh:
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#16
eidairaman1
neat lookin cooler altho from the side it looks like an orb.
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#17
djisas
lets see if it can cool it down to under 80 and be silent...
A silent system is the best...
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#18
Haytch
Unless im on ice, my main objective is to get rid of the heat created in my systems as opposed to forcing cooler air into the system.

To Vacum the heat thru the heatpipes could work, but the outer layer of the heatpipes would have to be engineered to compensate in cases of heat being too much for the vacum system.
Its not a new idea, and it probably hasnt kicked off yet because im sure they would suffer the above symptom untill improved in time. The Fan makes sure the card stays at ideal temperatures.

Damn thermal resistance. . .
Newton's law of cooling pisses me right off!
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#19
jagass
Nice info man...Does anyone has tried this?...
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#20
ZoneDymo
This is the 4850, it uses 1 x 6-pin connecter.
You can see the connector on the first pic, its sticking out a bit.
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#22
nafets
by: ZoneDymo
This is the 4850, it uses 1 x 6-pin connecter.
You can see the connector on the first pic, its sticking out a bit.
There are two different PCBs shown, with unknown GPUs.

The first and last pics are of the same card, using 1 6-pin PCI-E connector. Mainly showing off the "new" cooler. Could be a HD4850.

The middle pic is of a different card, using 2 6-pin PCI-E connectors. Mainly showing off the backside memory heatsink. Could be a HD4870 with 2GB GDDR5 memory (hence the memory heatsink on the back).
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#23
Hayder_Master
this design cooler better than toxic cooler design , nice
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