As gaming notebooks continue to march into mainstream price points, your lap is becoming the new hot spot (literally) for gaming goodness. That might not be the best thing for your little swimmers, let alone all that high-end hardware cramped into a 15-inch chassis. But it's great for companies putting out notebook coolers, like NZXT has done with its just-announced Cyro S.
"Just like its award-winning big brother, the Cyro LX, this [Cyro S] cools not only the fan vents, but it removes heat from the entire notebook case which is crucial for high performance gaming making the Cyro S best in its class for effective notebook cooling," said Johnny Hou, Chief Designer at NZXT.
The sleek-looking Cyro S comes constructed out of thick, brushed aluminum to help whisk heat away, aided by two adjustable 120mm fans for active cooling duties. A rubber finish elevates the notebook ever-so-slightly to prevent heat from building up and beef up its airflow. You can power the Cyro S via a USB port or with the included AC adapter.
NZXT says the Cyro S will be available later this month for $50 from Newegg.
Microsoft probably isn't the first company to come to mind when you think of cooling products, but the mega-software maker is looking to change that with the announcement of its new Notebook Cooling Base.
The notebook stand sports a slim design measuring just 1.16-inches thick and comes with a cable management clip to store the cable when not in use. The cooler is USB powered and includes a built-in fan for active cooling duties. Microsoft says the base is "contoured to rest on the both desks and users' laps, providing a comfortable typing angle."
The Notebook Cooling Base will be available starting in July in both white and black, with an MSRP of $30.
Relative newcomer Danamic looks to jump into the increasingly crowded CPU cooler market with a heatsink of its own, but this isn't like any other cooler you've seen before. Rather than rely on air, water, or phase-change cooling, Dynamic's new LM10 heatsink uses liquid metal, and according to the company, it's the world's first commercially available CPU cooler to do so.
That might be true, but liquid metal isn't an entirely new concept when it comes to cooling processors. Coollaboratory used to market the metalic goo as a thermal paste (Liquid Pro) and now sells a thermal pad it calls Liquid MetalPad aimed at both PC and console owners. Danamic's solution differs in that it's not a paste, but a fully-fledged heatsink solution. A multi-string electromagnetic pump sits atop the LM10 and pushes the liquid metal through a series of heatpipes without using any moving parts. Judging by the available pictures, the LM10 doesn't come with a fan, which would explain why the company can claim a power draw of less than 1W.
No word yet on pricing or availability, which means there aren't any hands-on reviews in the wild either. Have any expectations for this new cooler? Post them below.
Whenever we see an all-in-one water-cooling setup that combines a pump,
radiator, fan, and miniature reservoir in a small enclosure, we get
nervous. They remind us of those wacky commercials from the
black-and-white era of television, when a slick-haired man in a fuzzy
gray suit would try to sell you some mystery tonic that could cure your
coughs, polish your car, and kill your cat. Just as those elixirs are
little more than junk science, we’ve found that budget water “coolers”
attempting to put too many operations under one roof tend to perform
marginally better, and often worse than, your processor’s cheapo stock
*Ok, they may not be the biggest ever, but they're still pretty awe-inspiring. We got a little hands-on time with one of these huge, CPU-cooling hybrids and watched the little processor tremble with fear.
Kingwin’s BA-12 shares a similar design with the popular Thermalright XP-120. A copper base plate connects to an aluminum heatsink, which is aligned parallel to the motherboard. A 12cm fan blows air over the heatsink, cooling the fins and also all the components around the CPU socket.