Cooling specialist Cyrorig has announced a new string to its bow: origami, which it uses to reassure customers as to the suitability of its products for their particular use-case.
One of the biggest pitfalls in buying new cooling hardware for your PC is in making sure it fits correctly. As your cooling demands increase, the size of the device - particularly in the case of air-cooling heatsinks - becomes ever-larger, causing clearance problems in smaller cases and oft-times fouling RAM sockets. Cryorig's solution is both simple and neat: printable papercraft heatsinks which allow users to try a given product for fit without spending any cash.
Dubbed the Cryorig Origami Compatibility Tester, the technology isn't perfect. Rather than offering a full-scale reproduction of the heatsink, which would be hard to assemble, the company has instead concentrated on ensuring compatibility with a given motherboard. Accordingly, each printable template folds into a shape which provides a reflection of the base, heatpipes and the height and footprint of the fins themselves. What it does not offer is a representation of the overall height of the product - although this is usually easily checked with the aid of a ruler.
While not true origami - which requires only folding, where Cryorig demands folding, cutting and the use of sticky-tape to assemble its designs - the papercraft testing system should certainly help system builders ensure compatibility with their existing motherboard and RAM ahead of purchase.
The company has uploaded templates for its entire heatsink range
, accessible from each product page.