360° View - Noctua NH-D9DXi4-3U Heatsink
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The NH-D9DXi4-3U heatsink stands 111mm tall and is equipped with
one 92x92x25mm NF-A9 PWM fan that spins at 2000RPM. Power is supplied by
a standard 4-pin motherboard header. A second fan can be attached (user supplied), increasing
the NH-D9DXi4-3U's overall length to 122mm. The nickel plated aluminum fins
measure 0.4m thick and are spaced 1.75mm apart. Heatpipes are spaced
roughly 18mm on center.
The NH-D9DXi4-3U utilizes two 67mm tall stacks of nickel plated
aluminum fins, soldered to each of the four 6mm diameter copper heat
pipes. The bottom cooling fin is elevated 35mm above the motherboard for clearance.
The copper heat spreader measures 2-5mm thick. The fan is held in place
by wire fan clips with low-profile thumb tabs to make insertion/removal easy.
plated copper heatspreader at the base of the Noctua NH-D9DXi4-3U heatsink is soldered to
all four heatpipes for lower thermal joint resistance. The base has a
machined surface finish and the contact pad measures 38x40mm. Looking at the
top of the heatsink we can see that each aluminum fin is 95 x 34mm in size
and features small hole at each corner for the supplied allen key to pass
through so that the spring tensioned mounting screws may be tightened.
Base Finish and Flatness
a heatsink over to inspect the business end is often a simple indicator of
overall cooler quality. More practically speaking, a heatsink is in many ways
only as effective as the contact it makes with the processor - the flatter and
smoother the better. Base finish is one of the criteria that Frostytech measure
in the course of evaluating heatsinks, and it involves two distinct aspects.
Surface Finish is the first; this is calculated with the aid of Surface
Roughness Comparator that has a cross section of common machine surface finishes
and their numerical surface roughness equivalents in microinches. The second is
Surface Flatness. This is tested with an engineer's straight edge or proven flat
surface, in two axes.
NH-D9DXi4-3U heatsink uses a nickel-plated copper base plate which is machined very
smooth, surface roughness is at or better than ~8 microinches. The base is very
slightly concave in the axis parallel to the heatpipes and very slightly
convex in the opposite axis.
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