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CPU Heat sink fins

What does the fins have to do with the heat sink? How does the size affect it?
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  1. Fins increase the surface area of the heat sink, which increases the heat sink's ability to transfer heat by convection
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    The larger the heat sink surface area and the thicker it is - the more easier for the fan attached to it to dissipate heat. Large heat pipes doesn't always mean for a better heat transfer.
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