The problem with all-in-one (AIO) PCs is that the crammed confines don't offer the same cooling potential as a typical desktop, and so lower end components end up being used. Well, get ready to change the way you look at AIOs.
Asetek, which provides self-contained liquid cooling solutions to OEMs, has come up with a prototype all-in-one that's completely water cooled. Measuring no thicker than an iMac at 58mm, the prototype setup
consists of an Intel Core i7 920 processor and GeForce GTX 280M. The two combined consume over 200W.
As showcased in a YouTube video, Asetek hides a high-performance radiator, low noise fans, and a proprietary low-profile pump all within the vertical stand. A couple cold plates attach to the CPU and GPU, keeping the whole thing cool and potentially opening the door to high-end gaming in an AIO form factor.
Continuing its engine-inspired theme, Cooler Master this week announced the V6, the latest addition to the V8 and V10 family of CPU heatsinks.
The Vx series is named such because of the double "V" heatpipe design, and as you might have guessed from the product title, this one comes with six of them. The V6 also comes constructed with asymmetrical aluminum fins and up to two optional snap-on fans. As Cooler Master pitches it, the double-V heatpipe array helps spread out the heatpipes to make better use of the cooling fins, while also allowing airflow to reach each individual pipe.
"Under the hood of V6 lies an innovative sleek V-shaped heatpipe array, a very different concept from traditional heatpipe parallel placements, which helps drive heat dissipation by providing a clear path for heat removal under mid or high air pressure situations," Cooler Master says. "The asymmetrical aluminum fins, a non-traditional fin stacking design, help accelerates airflow by following the airflow behavior generated from the attached 120mm PWM red LED fan. The easy snap-on brackets allows for optional expansion of a second 120mm fan makes doubling the airflow from your heatsink a breeze."
Look for the V6 to start shipping within the next few weeks. No word yet on price.
MSI this week went and launched a pair of new Fermi graphics cards -- N470GTX and N465GTX -- sporting the company's Twin Frozr II cooling solution.
The Twin Frozr II comes with a dual-fan design that blows cold air over "big size fins." Combined with five heat pipes that run through the heatsink, MSI says the Twin Frozr II is capable of reducing temps by as much as 16C over Nvidia's reference cooler, while at the same time dropping down noise levels by up to 21.5dB. In boxing, that would be the equivalent of a mean left hook followed by a vicious uppercut.
In addition to performance gains in both cooling and noise, MSI claims it's using "military class components" on its Twin Frozr II cards, including solid Hi-c capacitors with 8 times the normal lifespan and no buzz noise. That's another way of saying these cards should withstand the rigors of overclocking.
Forget for a moment that you still can't hop over to Newegg or any other online vendor in the U.S. and place an order for an in-stock Fermi graphics card. What you can do, however, is window shop as more product pictures continue to trickle out, including ones of Inno3D's Black Freezer GTX 480 and GTX 470 videocards.
Both variants come with the same Black Freezer watercooling block, which covers not just the GPU but nearly the entire front slab of silicon. Given what we know so far about Fermi's power requirements and tendency to run hot, we expect to see quite a few vendors try to cash in with watercooled models.
Other than the pics, Inno3D has been pretty quiet about these upcoming cards. There's no product page, press release, or any word on whether or not there's a bit of factory overclocking taking place. And of course no word yet on price, though Fudzilla claims to have heard that the waterblock might be offered as both a pre-installed and standalone option.
CoolIT is prepping it's Omni ALC cooler, a self-contained universal liquid cooling solution the company claims "provides aggressive heat dissipation for optimal graphics performance," and that includes Nvidia's Fermi architecture.
"When you pair the world's fastest GPU with the first-ever universal GPU liquid cooling solution, the results are visually astonishing," remarked Geoff Lyon, CEO of CoolIT Systems. "This combination will shatter benchmarks and deliver the most pulse-pounding graphics performance to date."
CoolIT says the Omni ALC represents a departure from traditional GPU cooling design, in that you'll no longer need to purchase an entirely new cooling solution for each generation of videocard. Instead, only the GPU-specific interposer plate will need to be changed.
The Omni ALC will ship this summer - no word yet on price.
News and rumor site Fudzilla managed to snap a few pics of Arctic Cooling's upcoming Accelero Xtreme series graphics cooler, and boy is this thing big.
Designed for AMD's HD 5870 and dual-gpu HD 5970 videocards, the latter comes with a long heatplate to accommodate two GPUs. On the front sit three white-bladed fans on top of a massive aluminum-finned heatsink. Several heatpipes are visible making their way through the fins, 5 of them in all.
According to Arctic Cooling, the Accelero Extreme 5970 punishes thermals by lowering temps by up to 44C, a massive improvement made even more impressive considering this is an air cooler, and probably quiet (if Arctic Cooling's past products are any indication). The HD 5870 version also offers impressive performance, according to Arctic Cooling, who says you can expect temps to drop by up to 36C.
Corsair's been quite the busy body at CeBIT. In addition to a new line of flash drives, Corsair also used the convention to launch a pair of new CPU air coolers, the A70 and A50.
Corsair's A70 targets the high-end crowd with "exceptional cooling performance" through four 8mm copper heatpipes integrated into a highly-polished aluminum base. Similar to Cooler Master's Hyper 212 Plus (our review here), the heatpipes look to whisk away heat more efficiently by making direct contact with the CPU's integrated heatspreader (IHS). The A70 also comes with two dual-speed 120mm fans arranged in a "Push-Pull" configuration.
The A50 takes things down a notch with three heatpipes instead of four, but these will also make direct contact with the IHS. It includes a single 120mm fan and a compact design, Corsair says.
Holy moly, someone came prepared to show off some new products at CES, and that someone is CoolIT. The cooling company unveiled not one, but four new cooling items.
First on the list is CoolIT's ECO A.L.C. CPU cooler, which the company claims "breaks a world record for the ultimate price/performance cooling benchmark." CoolIT says it made a ton of refinements to the ECO's pump, radiator, and water block, resulting in an easy-to-install and whisper quite cooler. Designed for mainstream systems, this one's available now for $75.
Next on the list is CoolIT's Vantage A.L.C. CPU cooler. Sporting a new design from the ground up, CoolIT's aiming this one towards the enthusiast crowd and hopes to lure them with a programmable 84x48 pixel LCD screen. The display includes a custom color backlight and 2.4GHz wireless communication module, along with two buttons for controlling all chassis fan speeds. This one will start shipping mid-February for $125.
The last of the actual coolers is the OMNI A.L.C. for graphics cards. It's a full-coverage cooler with a two-stage system consisting of a simple interposer plate customized for each model videocard, and a universal water block. No word on availability, and pricing will vary with each graphics card type.
Finally, there's the Maestro E.S.P., which is a wireless solution for use with the Vantage and OMNI. However, it's also capable of optimizing and monitoring any third-party fan or pump, CoolIT says. The Maestro automatically detects ESP-enabled devices and can control and monitor up to 3 fans, water pumps, or other gadgets powered with a 3- or 4-pin fan header. The Maestro retails for $90.
It's that time of year again, when CES looms just around the corner and company's giddy with anticipation begin teasing with sneak peeks of what's to come. Enter Kingston, the memory maker who over the weekend released a few photos of its upcoming liquid-cooled memory modules.
To be released under the company's HyperX brand, the liquid-cooled DDR3 kit comes with barbs for connecting to existing water cooling loops. And while these modules will obviously be aimed at overclockers, Kingston didn't say what frequency the upcoming chips will ship at, or any other specs, such as voltage or latencies.
According to Bit-tech, the modules are currently undergoing testing in Kingston's labs before the company makes a formal announcement during CES next month.
Researchers at Purdue University claim to have developed a new kind of cooling technology. Tannaz Harirchia and Suresh Garimella are using boiling liquid inside microchannels on specially fabricated chips to more efficiently cool components.
Fluids do not behave in the same way in microchannels as they do elsewhere, allowing for increased heat exchange. “Allowing a liquid to boil in cooling systems dramatically increases how much heat can be removed, compared to simply heating a liquid to below its boiling point," the researchers wrote. The device constructed at Purdue is basically a small one inch square heatsink. After liquid has boiled off in the microchannels, a small compressor disperses the heat, returning it to a liquid.
The technology has possible applications in both PC and automotive cooling. PCs are relying on numerous fans, or bulky water block cooling. Similarly, cars use both air and water cooling to remain in working order. Both these areas could see advancement if this microchannel cooling technology takes off.