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Tech Kings at CES 2013 - Cooling Solutions


Looking Back

 For a better idea of what goes on at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), have a look at some of the cool stuff we saw last year.


Cooling Solutions


Compucold Bolt-On Phase Change System

Not much information is available about this aftermarket phase change system. But we do know that it does a fantastic job! Despite having been overclocked to 5.2Ghz, the Intel Core i7 2600K on display never exceeded 35˚C. The CPU hovered around 15˚C at idle. We expect this technology to cost a pretty penny, but the performance gains and ease of installation may pay off.

This bolt-on kit was in its late stages of development when we last laid eyes on it at the Venetian. We hope to reconnect with Compucold and give you an update.


Cooler Master Vertical Vapor Chamber Technology

Cooler Master's new TPC 812 can handle thermal loads up to 240W thanks to an innovative vapor chamber setup. Two thin columns emanate from a vapor chamber plate above the copper base where the six heat pipes converge. These columns pass through the center of the aluminum fin stack, all the way to the top of the cooler. Cooler Master says that Vertical Vapor Chambers reduce airflow vortices, thereby reducing noise levels and improving airflow through the heatsink. There is also more efficient heat transfer from the vapor chambers to the fins as vertical systems exhibit 3 times the contact area. The TPC 812 will be aggressively priced to compete with the Corsair H70/H80 series at $69.99 and should be available come March.

If you've read our review of the TPC 812, you know that Cooler Master really delivered on this cooler. More where that came from for 2013.


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