Originally Posted by imblind
Okay, why wouldn't I be able to cool a D14 (assuming I can build the housing). What are we talking as far as unreasonable? If a D14 can come close to a water loop with (6?) small heat pipes, then wouldn't 6 or 12 larger heat pipes do the job? I have some samples from a chinese company that my dad works with made out of what looks like 1/2 inch copper pipe.
edit: heat pipes are used in some pretty crazy applications. It is hard to imagine that 200watts from a CPU maxes out the solution.
To SpeedNugget: Why do heat pipes work better for servers and water cooling for PCs? I'm afraid I don't understand the distinction.
I know what you're thinking of, waterblock + heatpipe cooler design. The idea is not something new, but someone already beat you to it:
But yes, your dad is right that heat pipe cooling is superior but for it to be better than water cooling you would also have to increase the size or amount of the pipes, thus increasing its surface area and its heat dissipation properties. I'm sure you have seen Noctua's and Cooler Master's mounted. They take up a considerable amount of space making them impractical when you need to make them larger and larger for cooling. They also protrude out enough to block DIMM slots and can't be easily mounted on certain motherboards because of capacitors. It makes it an impractical application when applied to normal computer cases.
I thought this idea was cool too back in like 2007 when I first got into water cooling at the XS boards:
Look at this thing, it's a monster! This is without the fans mounted. Now imagine you need to make one to cool two videocards. Impractical compared to standard watercooling.
Or maybe something like this:
Oh and by the way I know what a heat pipe is
. If anyone wants to know they can just read this
but water still has more surface area to dissipate heat when traveling inside of a radiator