Friday, January 13th 2012

Cooler Master Displays Vapor Chamber-based CPU Fan-Heatsink

There's little innovation with tower-type CPU coolers these days, barring the odd fancy aluminum fin design or heat-pipe layout. Cooler Master put its engineering muscle to use by developing a new tower-type CPU cooler that takes advantage of vapor-chamber technology. Called the TPC 812, the cooler is just large another aluminum fin tower-type heatsink with six heat pipes feeding head through the fin-stack, till the part where a specially-designed vapor-chamber element finds place.

The cooler uses a copper indirect contact base, at which the six heat pipes converge at the lowest level. Above it, is a vapor-chamber plate. From this place, two thin, broad columns arise, passing through the central portion of the aluminum fin stack. The heatsink is ventilated by a 120 mm fan. With its design innovation, the TPC 812 can handle thermal loads of up to 240W. The TPC 812 from Cooler Master will be priced around the $100 mark, and will be competitive with entry-level closed-loop liquid coolers.

Source: VR-Zone
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24 Comments on Cooler Master Displays Vapor Chamber-based CPU Fan-Heatsink

#1
Drone
Vapor chamber is yesterday. Bring on liquid chamber.
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#2
LAN_deRf_HA
That's all kinda vague. Either it beats the H100/D-14 or it's overpriced.
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#3
F2K
I just wonder how long before Tt steals this idea/design :rolleyes:
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#4
THE_EGG
Hopefully its not as noisy as their V6 GT. Then I may consider it for some builds (as long as it beats low end AIO liquid cooling and Noctua U12 or D14).
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#5
jalex3
Looks nice, if the noise and performance are right then I may buy this.
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#6
INSTG8R
Well my Vapor-X 5870 has never let me down so the tech is sound. 32C idle and never touches 70 under heavy load. Nice to see someone using this tech for CPU cooling. Now where is my Vapor-X 7970....
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#7
pantherx12
I got excited as I thought someone had finally implemented my idea.
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#8
RejZoR
Noiseblocker made vapor tower. Though it never managed to pull off some good results.
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#9
entropy13
There aren't any "entry-level" closed-loop liquid coolers priced at around $100. Cooler Master Fail. :laugh:
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#10
jsfitz54
LAN_deRf_HA said:
That's all kinda vague. Either it beats the H100/D-14 or it's overpriced.
Agree, air cool price point seems high.
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#11
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
Drone said:
Vapor chamber is yesterday. Bring on liquid chamber.
Yeah this is what I want to see as well ! All this Vapor chamber stuff is so long in the tooth and really old tech . What I would like to see is some real innovation in air tech .
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#12
phanbuey
well closed loop systems are great because:
1 they fit in smaller systems and (never have any clearance issues with ram or videocards)
2 are easy and light on the motherboard.
3 you can decide where to locate the radiator (i.e. intake for maximum cooling, or exhaust to lower component temps).
4 - for me they can minimize the number of fans in your system - i.e. exhaust is also rad fan
5 - they make builds alot cleaner and easier IMO.

All those PRO's will not be overcome by "competitive" thermal performance from a tower cooler that costs just as much. It better kill closed loop systems on the thermals or its not worth it.
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#13
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
F2K said:
I just wonder how long before Tt steals this idea/design :rolleyes:
They are all the same any way . How can you really design them any different in the first place ? Only so much you can do with heat pipes and fins .
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#14
Prima.Vera
Massive copper cooler is probably heavy as hell....
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#15
THE_EGG
entropy13 said:
There aren't any "entry-level" closed-loop liquid coolers priced at around $100. Cooler Master Fail. :laugh:
in Australia a H60 is $99 although the antec kuhler 620 is only $80 and it performs better. Basically the H60 is the poorest performing closed-loop liquid cooler available in Australia as we do not get the H40.
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#16
D4S4
i think 240w is quite impressive for a single 120mm fan cooler. my trusty old tt sonic tower is about the same size yet only rated for 120.
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#17
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
will suck in tower type cases. good for benching r7gs where it stays perpendicular to the ground.
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#18
THE_EGG
de.das.dude said:
will suck in tower type cases. good for benching r7gs where it stays perpendicular to the ground.
yes but, video cards that have vapour chambers and are used in tower cases are put in upside down so I don't imagine it will affect temperatures too much.
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#19
hv43082
Doubt this will beat Noctua NH D14.
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#20
Unregistered
I've always wanted to build something like that, but I would have a hollow column going straight up from the base. Then there would be tubes radiating out from the sides (pitched to drain) which would have the heat fins mounted vertically. The idea was that since the fins are vertical, you might be able to rely just on convection.

With that arrangement, you could have literally, a hundred or more pipes feeding the fins. It would also probably be some multiple of the normal surface area.

Then, just for kicks, I'd have an ionizer electrode going into the column. It would work just like an air ionizer but with the water vapor. Then you put a positive charge on an insulated plate at the top in order to increase the transfer rate. So you'd have the vapor pressure pushing out and the electromagnetic field sucking the vapor up.

I have no idea if it would work with vapor, but it works pretty damn well in air cleaners that have this feature. Hell, if you wanted to get fancy, you could use electromagnets and time them to alternate so that maybe (I have no idea) it would create a slight vortex.

Alright. My work here is done. Where's my royalty check? Hmmm?
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#21
sneekypeet
Unpaid Babysitter
Let me specify about the cooling potential....

Each vapor chamber is 120W worth of cooling.....

Along with the pipes and the fins, this cooler will sell as a 300W+ rating;)
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#22
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
THE_EGG said:
yes but, video cards that have vapour chambers and are used in tower cases are put in upside down so I don't imagine it will affect temperatures too much.
good point. im confused now.


vapor chambers. you cant explain that!
ans. aliens :D
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#23
Sp33d Junki3
Who said this was going to be $100. Cm already said this was going to be about $69.
Lol who believed this was a $100 cooler. VR-Zone should get its facts straight, before posting.
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#24
specks
Vapor chambers still have the wick in them
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