It actually looks very thermally inefficient to me. I could be wrong but look how long the heat has to travel to reach the fin array. It's almost like thermal lag. It looks like they are making up for this by using 12 pipes. The distance between the block and the fin array however is more than twice that of a silver arrow or d-14 cooler which only use 6 pipes. Double the pipes to travel more than twice the distance to the actual fin array seems a bit fail. It's almost like the muscle car vs tuner debate, except the asian folks at Scythe are going for the v8's now.
The pipes are one sided. One side of the cpu block has no heatpipes. By these standards, wouldn't the 6 heatpipe d-14 be considered a 12 heatpipe cooler as they come off both sides of the heatsink, resulting in 12 links to the fin array, just like this cooler?
Considering the downsides (inconvenience of accessing other components, price, weight) from a marketing perspective it would have to perform at least 6c better than the current air cooling top dogs for anyone to consider it.
I see no reason to choose this over water cooling, a FULL Rasa 240 water cooling kit is 129$ and it would cool a heck of a lot better without bending the mobo or heating up other components such as the video card.....
22nm will run cooler than 32nm which ran cooler than 44nm which ran cooler than 65nm. I don't think the future looks bright for this type of cooler.
This heatsink made me want water cooling even more.Edited by Scorpion667 - 2/17/11 at 11:06pm