The Technology Behind the CoolWhip™ Coolers.
The CoolWhip™ coolers are all based on the same unique
This is one of the "secrets" that allows us to make powerful, yet compact coolers, and it's the reason why even our smallest cooler is cabable of beeing paired with a TEC.
The technology consist of a special developed corrugation technique that despite its compact design delivers a surface area far superior to that of conventional heat sinks. Furthermore, the use of copper, instead of aluminum for the 4mm. thick base-plate , ensures that the heat from the CPU or TEC is effectively distributed out to the edges of the heat sink, thus fully utilizing the entire area of the fins.
This is a close-up of the fins and base-plate of the CoolWhip™ Air
If you look at the density of the fins, you
can probably imagine the enormous surface area they provide. The great advantage
of this particular technique is that even though you have a great surface area,
it's not at the expence of bad air flow. The fin-design allows for a nearly
unhindered air flow, which increases the efficiency of the fans, and as another
great bonus it helps in keeping the noise at a minimum.
The patented complex folded thin-fin design even allows air to pass through the top (as far as we know this is not possible with other simple folded thin-fin designs), and that's one of the main reasons why the CoolWhip™ Air coolers are so compact.
The same technology is incorporated in the CoolWhip™ Liquid cooling head, but instead of air it is water that flows through the fins . As in the CoolWhip™ Air coolers, this results in a very large surface area, which again results in an extremely high efficiency of the cooling head. The high efficiency of the cooling head means that there's no more than app. 1ºC temp. difference between the plate facing the CPU/TEC's, and the temperature of the water when exiting the cooling head.
The water cooler we use to cool the
water in the CoolWhip™ Liquid cooler is also our own design. It provides a
surface area equal to 3-4 CoolWhip™ Air Slot1 coolers, which along with the
high heat capacity water provides correlates to an efficiency 4-5 times as good
as the CoolWhip™ Air Slot1.
All this power would practically be wasted if you were to mount a CoolWhip™ Liquid directly to your CPU. Sure, the CPU wouldn't get more than a few ºC above room temperature, but where's the fun in that?
No, to fully take advantage of the cooling potential of the CoolWhip™ Liquid, we use TEC's (aka. Peltiers) to bring the temperature down even further. A TEC is a small ceramic plate, which works as a heat pump when current is applied to it's wires. Therefore one side of the TEC gets very cold, while the other side gets very hot (if not properly cooled). The downside to TEC's is that even though they pump heat from one side to the other, they produce a lot of heat themselves. Therefore, you have to pair them with a high-efficiency heat sink or a water cooler to make sure they won't get overheated.
This is where the CoolWhip™ line of coolers fit in. They provide the necessary cooling power to take advantage of some of the most powerful TEC's available.