Written by Luke Ponio    Sunday, 13 June 2004 11:00
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The ever increasing clock speeds of modern CPU's also bring problems, mainly heat. Intel's latest Pentium 4 cpu, the Prescott, is a testament to this. Unless engineers find some way to reduce heat output drastically, the need for large heatsinks and extravagant cooling devices will remain. The use of heatsinks and fans has been the norm since the first Pentium CPU's. Back in the day the biggest heatsink ruled and that was that. Heatsinks are almost at their limits in terms of size so companies have been looking for new ways to improve on heatsink design, TTIC is one of them.

TTIC produces many different models of heatsinks for OEM companies. Their heatpipe line of heatsinks is their debut into the enthusiast market. Their unusually large heatpipe operates similarly to a refrigeration system. One side of the heatpipe heats the fluid inside and turns it into a vapor, the hot vapor travels towards the cooler opposite end where it condenses and gives off it's heat. The heat is given off to the aluminum fins in this particular heatsink. This cycle repeats and makes for a very efficient way to transfer heat.