Was reading over at Anand's about a new Heatsink Company called Madex that is using a carbon composite material.
A heatsink made of plastic? Well, almost. Madex showed us first samples of an gold-plated carbon composite heatsink. Carbon has a great thermal conductivity, but only in one direction. Madex is experimenting with stacked carbon/copper heatsinks as well. Note that these coolers are still in the early stages of prototyping; they are produced using stereolithography. It will take a while until techniques for mass-producing such coolers at a reasonable price will be available.
Now that would be something new for the HSF crowd. I wonder why there is a valley running down the middle, seems like that should be solid there. Very interesting concept though, using carbon.
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Good to see new ideas and materials coming about, kept wondering when we'd get away from the standard materials. Zammy, the valley in the center looks like it's there to set a clip in
Same feeling here. Now that's actually a smart move 'cus the 4 holes around socket A's no long required by AMD, HS manufacturer not only have to to come up with better heat transfer material for HSs, but also go back to the ole some familiar clip down the middle design. But I think most HS makers are getting it, as new batch of HSs come with clips that utilize all six pegs around the socket.
I'm never going back to socket clip mounts especially with Heatsinks getting heavier with 80mm footprints. The Socket Hole mount is a superior alternative and virtually eliminates cracked AMD Cores.
Interesting tidbit how carbon has superior heat transfer in one direction. I didn't know materials have directional heat transfer characteristics.