If there is anywhere else to buy it from, it's news to me... Also, (I could be wrong) but I believe if you order with a credit card it doesn't matter that it's in Deutsche Marks. I ordered some audio equipment from a store in the UK (hence British Pounds) and had no problems.
S_Klass, that's the gist of it, but not NECESSARILY all there is to it... Individual heatsink materials/design have a lot to do with its cooling ability. If anybody has built their own, I'd be interested to see how it performs. Btw, I'm not trying to imply that it wouldn't work, or even work well. But aiflow patterns, materials, etc, can make a big difference.
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Just did a little more digging and came up with this:
Radiator box from 75 gram pure aluminium
Temperature drop surface from 50 gram pure silver
Which I'm pretty sure means that the actual heatsink part is aluminum and the little circular part that is in contact with the CPU die is pure silver. Which would probably be why its 139,00 DM (for those not already familiar with European # systems, many countries use a , instead of a . so if you're using a currency converter don't forget that =) Anyway, 139 DM is about $67 US.
One more note... that thing is tall!! 113 mm is close to 4.5 inches...
it's the only site that has them and they arent in production yet.. i'm sure Azzo will be the first to get them in anyways here in the US.. and it only has a Silver heat plate the rest is still a aluminum alloy...
I know silver is supposed to be the best conductor of electricity (under normal conditions) and copper a close contenderbehind it. Copper is typically chosen over silver because of cost reasons. Does that translate into improved thermal transfer properities also?
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afxdub, you could probably get similar results from doing that (all HSFs are alreay similar to start out with), but not quite the same results.
First, don't forget that when many people test HSFs they already use Arctic silver... But think about it: the CPU die is the only part that touches the Arctic Silver/Heatsink. In other words, there is not a whole lot of silver between the HS and cpu. But, the Silverado has a pertty sizable chunk of silver that fits up inside the heatsink, and should be able to distribute the heat to the aluminum much more efficiently. It has MUCH greater contact with the rest of the heatsink than just the cpu would.
What I'm wondering is since the silver piece seems to come out, would it be even more efficient at the heat transfer if a thin layer of Arctic Silver was applied between the silver and aluminum (to get rid of any possible air gaps) ?