March 31st, 2008

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The Mother of All Heatsinks

Eeyore 2's parts are about to be on their way; I plan to turn Eeyore 1 into a file/MythTV server, with a number of pcHD5500s (though newegg.com is having a deal on Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1800s... but the deadline on that is too soon, and I want to support hardware makers who support Linux).

I, like irpooh, am favoring the Micro ATX cases... and I've decided on the APEVIA X-QPACK2 "blurple" case. Turns out it, like the Ultra Black Micro Fly, is inspired by another aluminum Micro ATX case, so I think I know what to expect more or less. But, once you decide on a small case, you run into a sad truth about current CPU heatsink/fan combos:

they're INSANELY HUGE.

I am amazed by heatsinks today. Part of it is that larger fans can shove more air at lower RPM (and hence lower noise). So your typical modern heatsink has a little block of copper that sits on the CPU, with heatpipes running up to a huge heatsink and fan. One example, not necessarily the most extreme, sticks up 150 mm; for the metrically challenged, that's 15 cm, about six inches... and weighs 640 grams, somewhere around one and a third pounds. I can imagine that coming loose from the motherboard and slamming around in transit if you ever ship your assembled computer anywhere.

Even the low profile heatsinks that are made for smaller cases have a tendency to stick out and get it the way of the batches of capacitors that adorn motherboards, or even block off memory slots.

I think I've chosen one that will work with the motherboard and case I've chosen. We'll see.

P.S. Ah, well... could be worse. Could be the Enzotech Ultra-X, at 120 x 120 x 25 mm, and 835 grams.
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