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Sapphire Vapor-X CPU Cooler

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Closer look

The Vapor-X may be far from being small, but is nowhere near the size of some of the larger coolers on the market like the Noctua D-14. It is more along the size of coolers like the Thermaltake Frio series, Cooler Master TPC-812 and many of the Zalman units.

The dimensions run 5.3” Wide x 4.3” Deep x 6.4” High (with fans) making it not really a candidate for smaller cases, but should not be much of an issue for your standard sized towers. The cooler feels heavy, and it is as it weighs in at a solid two pounds. Not to fear though, as the mounting mechanism is more than up to the task of handling the weighty Vapor-X.

The cooler is made mostly of metal (naturally), but you might not suspect it to be the case judging from the image below due to the plastic shroud and dual fan configuration. The heavy use of black plastic actually makes the cooler visually pleasing when mounted to the motherboard on account of many also being black. Helps to keep that matching color-scheme going.

The two fan's specifications are what I would call standard and are as follows: each fan is 120 x 120 x 25mm, sporting rotation speeds between a turtle-paced 495 RPM all the way up the more rabbit-like 2200 RPM. This range is enough to let the user know it is PWM enabled. Maximum airflow is at a rather respectable 77 CFM, but doing so at 40 dBA when running at full tilt. So, suffice to say, we won’t be surprised if you can hear the sucker in the next room.

After removing the fans and shroud we see what is a typical tower designed cooler. Made up of your typical aluminum fins and copper heat-pipes (plated in what appears to be nickel).

The fins of the cooler are pretty densely packed, so this is the reason behind the high performance fans as air has to be force through the array of fins. This could not be accomplished with the run-of-the-mill low speed fans we have come to love because of their low noise levels.

The fan mounting is one of the better features of the Vapor-X. They screw into a plastic frame that simply snaps on and off from the main shroud; no springy wire clips or frustrating rubber pins to deal with here. The fans then have a small piece of rubber between it and the heatsink which helps dampen any vibrational noise generated during operation. Removing the rubber piece reveals the fan-to-frame mounting screws, making it easy to replace the fans with others if desired.

The four heat pipes measure 7mm in diameter for each. Each leads into the vapor chamber that makes up the base of the cooler. We also see a couple of screws already secured to the cooler via an E-Clip, and is used for affixing the heatsink to the motherboard bracket.

The base of the Vapor-X is far from the shiniest we have ever seen but we can guarantee its flatness.

Pictured below is the Vapor-X's mountain hardware, which is all you'll need for the present or past Intel and AMD offerings, along with a few applications of thermal paste in a syringe dispenser.