Sapphire Vapor-X Continued
Flipping the cooler around so that you can actually see how the pipes are mounted between the skived heat sink shows that the pipes are sandwiched between the two with some ugly crimping done near that junction.
The thick base is the Vapor Chamber, and for those that don't know, this works much like a heat pipe, but on a greater scale. Between the two outer layers of copper that were nickel plated, there is a liquid inside that will actually flow from the bottom with heat, and as it cools, the vapours condense and drop to the bottom to repeat the process.
Pulling off the sticker you can see the base still shows some of its milling marks. I also forgot to run a razor across the base of the cooler in my rush to get this cooler live on time, but I will show you that near the end showing the condition of the base.
I removed all of the components from the cooler so we could see what was underneath all of that armor. You can see the pipes are spread evenly across the fins and there is an arrow pointing to where the LED wire should go when you replace the top.
Now you can see the 63 aluminum fins, and you can see the side design with the closed off sections and the middle dipping in to accept the fan shrouds clips.
I didn't want to tear this completely apart as I didn't want to take the chance of damaging this PCB just to show you some LEDs soldered on the board. Since I did have it off, I thought I may as well show you how it can be removed if you had ideas on modding this cooler.
As for the fans that cool the Vapor-X, it comes equipped with a pair of Martech DF1202512SEUN fans and the shrouds have anti-vibration pads on them to keep these 2200 RPM fans from rattling the fins.