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    Fanless Heatsink: Coming To A PC Near You Soon?


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    I'd have to query how that isn't a fan...

    (Stealing definition)
    1.An apparatus with rotating blades that creates a current of air for cooling or ventilation.
    Has blades, has rotation, has air current Kind of a fan to me hehe

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    I thought it was going to be powered by the heat coming off the cpu die.

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    We already have fanless heatsinks (and fanless PCs)?



    Heatsinks with noise-cancelling fans will be out next year too.


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    From what I remember these heatsinks also selfcleaned/did not get filled with dust thanks to the rotation. It also was not actually attached to the chip so there was no thermal meium to wear out as it traveled microns above the chip surface. Not sure how well these would deal with shock/orientation change when some little dinkus kicks over the workstation but could still be useful if just for the perhial technologies.

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    Anyone remember this?
    I thought it was a prett cool piece of engineering, though I'm not sure it would work with todays 300w+ graphics cards...

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    I've seen this before - one issue, what about vertical mounting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OB1 View Post
    I thought it was a pretty cool piece of engineering, though I'm not sure it would work with todays 300w+ graphics cards...
    I quite liked Zalman's TNN 500AF case at the time too, although it was a bit expensive (~£700).

    Back then, it was very difficult to build or buy a Pentium 4-based PC that was silent or very quiet. Now it's really easy and significantly cheaper.

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    Not related to heatsink / fans etc but found this :

    Thermaltake’s Xpressar PC Case Uses Actual Fridge Compressor For Cooling | Gizmodo Australia

    PC Case using fridge cooling instead of water or the generic / universal heatsink / fan etc

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    This technology seems a complete waste to me. Fans are extremely cheap to buy and/or replace and this to me is going to cost considerably more.

    There will be fanless PCs in future with reasonable sized heatsinks. For example, if you had 64 cores all running at 500MHz - this would deliver excellent performance yet create little heat. There would be so many idle brains doing little or nothing at all. We just don't need technology to re-invent the fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    There will be fanless PCs in future with reasonable sized heatsinks.
    Something like the Streacom FC9 (with a Core i7-3770K)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Something like the Streacom FC9 (with a Core i7-3770K)?
    Is that similar to the one I posted above ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Is that similar to the one I posted above?
    Nope. Completely different (and 100% silent).

    A CPU base makes contact with the processor (LGA775, LGA1155, LGA1156 supported), which conveys heat to a side panel via four copper heat pipes. All six panels of the case are made of thick aluminum sheets, some of which are ridged to increase surface area for heat dissipation.
    Asetek actually released a refrigerated PC case eight years before Thermaltake did. It was called the Vapochill. The XE II model from 2005 is pictured below.


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    Vapochill rocked - but you can tell the age of the case by the curves and the strange looking slot in the front for a floppy drive
    The Zalman one was 100% silent too - actually built one thanks to one of those friends with more money than sense. He saw it at ECTS god knows how long ago and decided he needed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Nope. Completely different (and 100% silent).



    Asetek actually released a refrigerated PC case eight years before Thermaltake did. It was called the Vapochill. The XE II model from 2005 is pictured below.

    Are there any recent ones that look better minus the FDD slot etc ??

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