FSP Windale 6 CPU Cooler
At first glance, the Windale 6 may appear like many other 120mm coolers, but there are some fine details to take in. Both the heat pipes as well as the fins have a black coating applied, which appears to be a thermal coating which we have seen in the past, and we also see that each of the fins in the fifty-four-fin stack is supported with tabs on either side, to ensure fin spacing stays correct.
Looking at the cooler from the side, we can see each of the six heat pipes as they pass through the fin stack, and just how evenly spaced they are.
The back of the cooler is nearly identical to the view we saw from the front, but we do have one more thing to mention. The shadow line inside of the pipes is from louvers in each fin. These are designed to influence the air flow, which helps to increase the performance of this cooler.
The sides are identical as well, but we did not look at the bottom of the cooler in the last image like this. There you can see that the heat pipes are tightly packed at the base, and have to be slightly offset to allow all six pipes to fit there. As they leave the base, they make gentle bends as not to kink the pipes, and delivers a solid structure as well as a possible advantage to remove more heat from CPUs with larger IHSs.
Looking at the top of the Windale 6, we see various half round cuts and deeper grooves in the center of each side, where the front and back have squared off air channels, but keep the same deep cuts. The tips of the pipes are exposed through the top fin, and every fin in the stack has the FSP name embossed in the fins, and they all have four louvers in them too.
The base is a solid chunk of aluminum, which is used to hold all of the heat pipes together, but from this angle, we see a pair of small holes. These are used to accept a cross-bar mounting mechanism to lock the CPU cooler to the mounting hardware.
As the heat pipes enter the cooler, we can see that the fins are pressed onto the pipes, which is not the best design for heat transfer. Although, using the coating on both the pipes and the fins, lessens the gap between them and helps to make up for the lack of solder.
We have removed a warning sticker which is used to keep the base from oxidizing, and it has done its job. All six pipes run in contact with each other, and we can see thermal paste squeezing out from between them. The pipes are flattened before they are put into the base, and it is then that the base and pipes are machined at the same time to give this flat contact area.
We did skip ahead a little bit grabbing some of the hardware, but we wanted to be sure that you also get to see the Windale 6 with the fan in place. It does add some thickness to the tower, but the fan is the same size as the fin stack, so it will clear memory, although the rubber fan straps are a bit long and goofy looking.
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