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Old 9th July 2011, 01:42 AM   #1
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Hello Everyone,

I want to build a F3 (aka Zen 9) and have a set of 4 heatsinks that might work, but not sure if they big enough. I think they are cutting it close. F3 dissipates 100w per channel. That's a tall order. Intended to use 1 heatsink for the 2 mosfets and another for the power jfet and mosfet. Here's the dimensions of one heatsink.


Back plate: 10-3/4" x 4-9/16' x 1/4'

Fins: 18 per HS 1-3/8 x 4-5/8 x 3/32, Not including height of back plate

Overall Dimensions: 10-3/4 x 4-9/16 x 1-5/8

Let me know what you think!

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Couple of pics.
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Old 9th July 2011, 02:59 AM   #3
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As you already have the sink why not rig up the mosfets as if you where matching the VGS run them at the suply voltagge and bias to suit
EG 25 V 2 A = 50 Watt an see how hot they get
It is difficoult to say from pictures
Base plate only 8 mm? fins 40? + they would run cooler if anodised black.
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Old 9th July 2011, 04:52 AM   #4
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My estimate with 100W through that is 50C above ambient....
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2 per ch, they should be fine.

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I was going to build the F3 with heat sinks only on the bench; without a case. This way, if these are not big enough, I'll just fine other HS to use.

Funny thing happened a couple of weeks ago. Had a home energy audit. Auditor had FLIR with him. The F5 and Mini A amps were warming up when they got there.
Both amps read 103 - 110 degrees F. Good to know.

Thanks for the help,

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Old 12th July 2011, 01:26 PM   #7
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haha reminds me I bought an IR "ear" Thermometer for my daughter... out of curiosity I pointed it to my DACs shunt regs heatsinks.. the thing seems to work quite accurately since it showed ~65C and I just (barely) cannot put my hand for 3 secs. (After that I probed all sorts of things in the house to check and I was amazed at the range of temps it measured

Nice IR Temp probe for 15$ !
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