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Want A Massive Heatsink? Rosewill's Got Some

By - Source: Tom's Hardware UK | B 6 comments

The first HSF product following the Direct Touch 2.0 specification?

Having decided to stalk the Rosewill booth babes, we also took the opportunity to check out the computer hardware rebrander's new RCX-FORT 120EX. It was, after all, the HSF used in the demo Gear X series.

This little mass of aluminum plates bunched together features give 8 mm heatpipes, and comes with a 120 mm PWM (pulse-width modulated) fan. This HSF assembly works on the following sockets: LGA 1366, LGA 1156, LGA 775, AM3, AM2+, AM2, and 939 sockets.

Rosewill reps claimed that the FOR120EX is one of the first products to conform to the Direct Touch 2.0 heatpipe specification. The five heatpipes are right beside each other, with no space in between. This allows more direct CPU contact for the outer pipes. According to Rosewill's marketing materials, this leads to better cooling efficiency, which is why Direct Touch 2.0 is a "Win".

No specific information regarding availability and price were forthcoming as of this report. Rosewill reps did say they were in the process of pushing the HSF out to the market, so you can expect to see product pages pop up on e-tailers like NewEgg soon.

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    mi1ez , 4 June 2010 04:17
    the reason there's nothing except the heatpipes touching the CPU is those masive gaps!
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    Micropat , 4 June 2010 04:35
    Sounds "cool"

    Sorry. Couldn't resist :( 
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    flaminggerbil , 4 June 2010 06:24
    Well that looks poorly designed.
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    santfu , 4 June 2010 06:59
    hmm, i wonder if they have a specific TIM in mind, those gaps do look bad, at a first guess i'd think you would get some strange temp gradients - that can't be good.
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    david__t , 4 June 2010 19:50
    The huge conducting power of copper & the Intel / AMD heatspeaders would ensure that, even with these sized gaps, there would be no CPU hotspots. Plus it has pretty much been proven that this is THE best heatsink design for cooling now - especially quiet cooling with a 120mm fan - hence Zalman and their CNPS10x which is a huge departure from their old "Flower" designs. Only small form factors need other cooling solutions.
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    Anonymous , 7 June 2010 00:48
    "The huge conducting power of copper & the Intel / AMD heatspeaders would ensure that, even with these sized gaps, there would be no CPU hotspots. Plus it has pretty much been proven that this is THE best heatsink design for cooling now"

    Really? who proved it? The oposite is true, a solid copper base cooler is far better then a HDT cooler. Only vrey few HDT coolers can come close to classic design coolers. How about you do some serious research next time...