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Dec 2, 2012

New Sapphire Vapor-X CPU Cooler

This week, Sapphire launched two products. One was the Radeon HD 7750 OC Graphics Card we covered yesterday (November 29, 2012) and the other is what we will be looking at today.

Long story short, Sapphire Technologies has introduced a new cooler compatible with central processing units from both Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. The list of supported sockets is quite extensive really. From Intel, we have the LGA 2011, LG A1155, LGA 1156 and LGA 775. From AMD, all chips, CPUs or APUs (accelerated processing units), designed for the AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1 and FM1 sockets should work. That said, the Vapor-X cooler, as the series is called, uses a vapor-chamber plate to pull heat out of whatever CPU happens to be inside a customer's desktop. Four 7 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heatpipes lead the heat to a dense aluminum fin stack. They should be more effective than the 6mm pipes common to most other coolers.

Naturally, the fin array isn't capable of getting rid of the heat on its own. Sapphire, thus, chose to add not one, but two PWM-controlled fans with a diameter of 120mm. Each one can go from 495 RPM (rotations per minute) to 2,200, for 77 CFM of air. Overall, the cooler measures 135 x 110.4 x 163.5 mm / 5.31 x 4.35 x 6.43 inches and weighs almost a kilo (925 grams / 2.03 pounds). Finally, prospective customers will need to meet a price of around $80 or less if they want to buy this Sapphire Vapor-X CPU cooler. That's 61 Euro, according to exchange rates, but it is likelier that the EU price, assuming sales ever start there, will be closer to 80 Euro instead. Buyers will have to decide on their own if all that plastic surrounding the cooler is aesthetically pleasing enough to compensate for the detrimental effect on heat dispersion.

Sapphire Vapor-X cooler
Images credits to Sapphire


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