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Well it's a known fact that heat rises, and cold sinks, so I'm assuming this is also true with heatpipes in heatsinks. However in most systems, the heatpipes are horizontal, which makes me wonder how they can move heat so well. Can anyone explain? Oh and what is inside of heatpipes?

If this has been gone threw already, gimme a link please.

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Heatpipes can work any way

they have a wick and some fluid (usually water )
    
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They wick the fluid back to the heat source. So they even work upside down...sorta. Read the FAQ in my sig about it.
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Originally Posted by azkid110 View Post
Well it's a known fact that heat rises, and cold sinks, so I'm assuming this is also true with heatpipes in heatsinks. However in most systems, the heatpipes are horizontal, which makes me wonder how they can move heat so well. Can anyone explain? Oh and what is inside of heatpipes?

If this has been gone threw already, gimme a link please.

Thanks!
Heat does not rise, it goes to areas of lower energy... which usually happens to be up. However, inside the closed environment of a heatpipe... this would be the end with the heatsinks. Convection.
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Heat does not rise, it goes to areas of lower energy... which usually happens to be up. However, inside the closed environment of a heatpipe... this would be the end with the heatsinks. Convection.
Good way to put it.

Do you keep a big book of facts next to you or something?

It's like you read this stuff out of a textbook lol.
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