After seeing this cooler for myself, only when news from CeBIT was shown, Cameron was already in the know and diligently attempting to get me this cooler to test. After a lot of emails and a few setbacks in the process of making this ready for the retail market, just three days ago this cooler arrived at my door. Things are getting tight for Sapphire at this point as the release of this cooler is five days away from the time I am writing this. It has been a long journey to get to this point, and since I have been waiting so long to see this cooler, my expectations are pretty high. Our review has been a little delayed, but we're ready to roll now.
For those of you that thought Sapphire was just a video card company, you may want to jump over to their website. It even took me by surprise to see not only do they step out of the realm of video card sales, they offer plenty of audio visual solutions in both software and hardware for various aspects of business use. There is even the development of a mini-PC that I have been seeing in tech news lately. This to me is a good sign. Sapphire is obviously making money at the core of what they do, and have the ability to go beyond the basic conception of the company as they branch out into other aspects of computing both at home or at work.
Proving that exact concept is the fact that we now are about to be looking at the Sapphire Vapor-X CPU cooler. Most of you have already seen and most likely used a Vapor-X cooled video card before, and this principle is much the same. Using the vapor chamber design from the GPU coolers, Sapphire essentially strapped on a tower cooler to the back of a larger one, and adds a pair of well-appointed fans to aid in the heat removal.
On paper this design seems very promising, but reality can sometimes be a cruel mistress to have to deal with. While I did have some issues with my first sample of this cooler, Sapphire has been kind enough to examine the cooler I received, and sent along another one for testing. Now that we are all set to go forth with the review after quite some time, I think you all will be pleased at what the Sapphire Vapor-X CPU cooler has to offer.