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Sandia Cooler: The Spinning CPU Heatsink That's 30 Times More Efficient

Category: Cooling
Posted: June 25, 2012 07:07AM
Author: edwardquilo

Traditional CPU coolers manage processor temperatures using the heatsink and fan combination along with the application of thermal paste, but the Sandia Cooler seems ready to take the lead with an innovative way of taking the heat off your overclocked chip. Developed by the Sandia National Labs, the constantly spinning cooler is placed precariously close to the CPU at a thousandth of an inch above it. The extreme proximity allows for the creation of an air bearing that acts as a heat transmitter, after which the heatsink's 2,000 rpm rotating fins essentially vaporizes the warm temps. The always-spinning nature of the Sandia Cooler's seemingly quiet fins also ensure that no dust settles on its surface, so could this be the CPU cooler of our dreams? Check out the video below to see the promising Sandia Cooler at work. 

 

 



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ComputerEd on June 25, 2012 07:25AM
I would be curious to find out who they signed an agreement with in the realm of CPU cooling as they mentioned.
Shurman292 on June 25, 2012 11:56AM
Ah but can it be run vertically?
BillyBuerger on June 25, 2012 12:17PM
This sounds familiar. I thought I saw this thing a while ago. Looks interesting but would need to see how it actually performs. And definitely needs a different motor in that that. That was anything but quiet. I don't want my PC making a high-pitched squealing noise. I don't want my PC making any noise for that matter. :)
BillyBuerger on June 25, 2012 12:22PM
http://techreport.com/discussions.x/21262
MJCRO on June 25, 2012 03:45PM
I really like this design, it looks to me to be very efficient at dissipating heat.
Neebitemnemo on June 25, 2012 06:00PM
I would love to see a metallic grid protector over it though. Something that wouldnt collect too much dust but would prevent an occasional side-panel cooler wiring being chopped up. Other than that, looking good! Would love to see some real-world test results in compare to leading coolers. 30% is a good number but compared to what?
Neebitemnemo on June 25, 2012 06:01PM
About noise.. I would love to know how much of it my Corsair 500D case would dampen. :P
nickk47 on June 25, 2012 09:58PM
Cool stuff!! I am really looking forward to this technology coming into the enthusiast pc market.

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