by Anton Shilov
11/29/2012 | 10:24 PM
Sapphire Technology, best known for its graphics cards, has just started shipping its first cooler for central processing units (CPUs). Designed for the enthusiast and based on the company’s award winning Vapor-X technology, which can remove up to 200W of heat from AMD or Intel microprocessors.
Sapphire pioneered the use of its vapour chamber cooling technology for enthusiast computer components, known as Vapor-X, with the introduction of its first Atomic graphics card late in 2007. Since then the technology has been used in several generations of enthusiast graphics cards where the more efficient cooling allows for greater performance, as well in a range of graphics cards with the Vapor-X brand that have the reputation for quiet and cool operation.
Now Sapphire has applied Vapor-X technology in a Sapphire original and exclusive design for its first universal CPU cooler. In a similar configuration to its graphics cards, the vapour chamber is in direct contact with the CPU surface to accelerate the flow of heat away. The heat is then carried away by a multi-heatpipe array and cooling fins.
Final heat dispersion is achieved by two fans, each with aerofoil section blades designed for efficient airflow with low noise, similar to those used on the highly acclaimed Sapphire Dual-X series of graphics cards. The Vapor-X solution results in a high cooling efficiency designed to cater for 200W, more than enough even for enthusiasts overclocking the latest CPU types. When operating with lower power requirements, fan speeds can be very low, keeping noise levels to a minimum.
Much attention to detail has been given to the design of the Sapphire Vapor-X CPU cooler. Its universal mounting kit caters for motherboards designed for all the latest CPU types from both AMD and Intel. When mounted, the overall height of the cooler is designed to fit in a standard ATX chassis, while at the same time allowing the installation of most memory types. The two fans are mounted in a plastic shroud designed to control airflow, and built in blue LEDs contribute to the stylish look and overall feel of the unit.
The Sapphire Vapor-X CPU Cooler is shipping now and will be available from Sapphire’s usual e-tail and retail partners with a reference SEP of $69.