SP3 Teardown: An Engineering marvel !
WARNING: My Verge account was hacked and profile pic was changed and this post was removed from the forum. Luckily I had saved a copy so here it is again.
Computer Shopper have done a teardown of the SP3. It exposes the sheer amount of engineering skill and lengths MS has gone to create this breath-taking device. For example water filled copper pipes are used for fan cooling system. Holy shit....enjoy!
The horseshoe-shaped copper is the heat pipe, which is actually ultrathin but filled with water. The apex of the horseshoe extends out in two projections onto the assembly covering the CPU die. As that portion heats up, the water inside the pipe is transformed into vapor, which then travels down the heatpipe to the fan portion. There, it’s cooled by the radial fan, condenses, and travels back to the CPU area via a channel inside the pipe and wicking action.
A different angle on the fan. It’s a silent-running radial model that draws in cool air through the top of the Surface Pro 3 tablet, and emits it from around the edges of the fan. An ancillary benefit of this is that the airflow also cools surrounding components.
This is the flip side of the Surface Pro 3’s motherboard. It’s covered by RF shielding material. The other side shown previously also employs this kind of blocking foil; it was removed for photos.
The storage scheme inside the Surface Pro 3. It’s a standard mSATA module that plugs into the motherboard via an edge connector.
The DRAM modules on the mainboard, which, as you can see, are surface mounted, not modular.
The square black patches are the battery cells. There are four, employing lithium-polymer technology, with a battery-charging circuit board under the covering.
One of the main battery-saving innovations, he went on to say, is smarter redrawing of the display. When patches of pixels remain constant onscreen, the device bypasses the Intel HD Graphics GPU to refresh those pixels off-GPU, thus saving power.
This little joy buzzer of an internal component is what’s responsible for the Surface Pro 3’s haptic feedback—it’s the element that vibrates the chassis when you hit the Home button. Interestingly, it’s situated at the other end of the tablet from the Home button, but the vibration it emits travels readily through the body.