Heatsinks

Heat sinks are a type of thermal conductor (or heat exchanger) that absorb and dissipate the heat created by electronic and mechanical devices. Heat sinks use convection, conduction or radiation to disperse heat.


What are heat sinks made of?


Heat sinks are made from metal and typically constructed from copper or aluminium. Copper is an excellent thermal conductor, helping to draw heat away from the device that you are trying to cool. Although aluminium doesn’t conduct heat as well as copper, it is less expensive and lighter than copper. The heat will normally rise through a number of metal fins. Fin designs are used as they provide a greater surface area for the heat to spread across and dissipate.


What would you use a heat sink for?


Heat sinks prevent devices from overheating and are particularly important in protecting electronics such as CPUs. Components subject to too much heat can become irreparably damaged. In the most severe cases overheating components can result in fires, explosions and injury.


What devices can you use heat sinks for?


Heat sinks can be used to cool a large number of devices. For example, CPUs, LEDs, ICs and modules.


What is the difference between a heat sink and cooling fan?


Heat sinks are a piece of metal that conducts heat away from components. Fans forcibly move warm air away from components.


Terminology


A wide variety of heat sinks are available. Passive heat sinks refer to those without a fan, while the term ’active heat sinks’ refer to those with an integrated fan. You may also come across the term HSF which means a heat sink with a fan. Some heat sinks can also be combined with a liquid cooling solution to move heat away from devices. Heat sinks are also frequently spelt as ’heatsinks’.


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RS Stock No. 867-0947
Mfr. Part No.SF-08-200-S
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SGD20.13
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Heat Pipe 200mm - - 8 x 200mm - - 8mm - - - Copper - SF
RS Stock No. 867-0935
Mfr. Part No.SF-06-300-S
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SGD15.12
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Heat Pipe 300mm - - 6 x 300mm - - 6mm - - - Copper - SF
RS Stock No. 867-0938
Mfr. Part No.SF-06-150-S
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SGD11.17
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Heat Pipe 150mm - - 6 x 150mm - - 6mm - - - Copper - SF
RS Stock No. 867-0941
Mfr. Part No.SF-08-300-S
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SGD20.13
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Heat Pipe 300mm - - 8 x 300mm - - 8mm - - - Copper - SF
RS Stock No. 123-5624
Mfr. Part No.SF-CHS-555506F
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SGD3.40
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Universal Square Ceramic 55mm 55mm 6mm 55 x 55 x 6mm 6.2 °C/W @ 400 lfm, 10.4 °C/W @ 100 lfm Adhesive, Screw - White Chipset, Cooling, IC Cooling, LED, Metal Heat Sink Replacement, Power Modules - - - Ceramic Heat Spreader Finned
RS Stock No. 867-0916
Mfr. Part No.SF-04-100-S
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SGD11.44
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Heat Pipe 100mm - - 4 x 100mm - - 4mm - - - Copper - SF
RS Stock No. 867-0950
Mfr. Part No.SF-08-350-S
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SGD20.49
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Heat Pipe 350mm - - 8 x 350mm - - 8mm - - - Copper - SF
RS Stock No. 867-0944
Mfr. Part No.SF-08-150-S
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SGD16.03
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Heat Pipe 150mm - - 8 x 150mm - - 8mm - - - Copper - SF
RS Stock No. 867-0890
Mfr. Part No.SF-03-100-S
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SGD13.77
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Heat Pipe 100mm - - 3 x 100mm - - 3mm - - - Copper - SF
RS Stock No. 867-0931
Mfr. Part No.SF-06-200-S
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SGD11.96
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Heat Pipe 200mm - - 6 x 200mm - - 6mm - - - Copper - SF
RS Stock No. 123-5629
Mfr. Part No.SF-CHS-151506-PC
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SGD1.244
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Universal Square Ceramic 15mm 15mm 6mm 15 x 15 x 6mm 29.5 °C/W @ 400 lfm, 52.5 °C/W @ 100 lfm Adhesive, Screw - White Chipset, Cooling, IC Cooling, LED, Metal Heat Sink Replacement, Power Modules - - - Ceramic Heat Spreader Circular Pin Fin
RS Stock No. 867-0919
Mfr. Part No.SF-04-150-S
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SGD10.44
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Heat Pipe 150mm - - 4 x 150mm - - 4mm - - - Copper - SF
RS Stock No. 867-0900
Mfr. Part No.SF-03-150-S
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SGD10.51
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Heat Pipe 150mm - - 3 x 150mm - - 3mm - - - Copper - SF
RS Stock No. 123-5630
Mfr. Part No.SF-CHS-171706-PC
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SGD1.408
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Universal Square Ceramic 17mm 17mm 6mm 17 x 17 x 6mm 23.2 °C/W @ 400 lfm, 43.3 °C/W @ 100 lfm Adhesive, Screw - White Chipset, Cooling, IC Cooling, LED, Metal Heat Sink Replacement, Power Modules - Aluminium Oxide - Ceramic Heat Spreader Circular Pin Fin
RS Stock No. 867-0903
Mfr. Part No.SF-03-200-S
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SGD12.08
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Heat Pipe 200mm - - 3 x 200mm - - 3mm - - - Copper - SF
RS Stock No. 867-0953
Mfr. Part No.SF-10-150-S
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SGD20.87
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Heat Pipe 150mm - - 10 x 150mm - - 10mm - - - Copper - SF
RS Stock No. 867-0913
Mfr. Part No.SF-04-200-S
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SGD10.82
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Heat Pipe 200mm - - 4 x 200mm - - 4mm - - - Copper - SF
RS Stock No. 184-6742
Mfr. Part No.HS-DC-1/1-LFC-18
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SGD10.71
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1/1 Brick DC/DC Converter 120mm 62mm 20mm 120 x 62 x 20mm - - - Black DC-DC Converters - Aluminium - HS
RS Stock No. 184-6745
Mfr. Part No.SFPLAS-6202-15P
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SGD5.36
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Universal Square Plastic 62mm 62mm 15mm 62 x 62 x 15mm - - - Black - - Plastic - -
RS Stock No. 123-5639
Mfr. Part No.SF-CHS-505012-PC
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SGD7.15
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Universal Square Ceramic 50mm 50mm 12mm 50 x 50 x 12mm 3.7 °C/W @ 400 lfm, 7.2 °C/W @ 100 lfm Adhesive, Screw - White Chipset, Cooling, IC Cooling, LED, Metal Heat Sink Replacement, Power Modules - - - Ceramic Heat Spreader Circular Pin Fin