New kinetic cooler is a heatsink that’s also a CPU fan
Heatsinks and CPU fans can be very large, limiting the hardware configurations in any computer, but what if you could condense and combine them into one component? At CES 2015, startup CoolChip Technologies has done just that, making the physical constraints of a case easier to work with.
If you’re building a rig with specific size constraints — like if you live in cramped city quarters, for instance — the heatsink and CPU fan can become a (literally) huge problem. Certain heatsinks tower above a processor, rendering a PC case unable to close or causing problems for the placement of components and wires. Some rigs just generate too much heat, though, and a large heatsink is necessary. If you could condense the heatsink and fan into one object, you could save a bunch of room. CoolChip Technologies is developing this very object, and it not only saves space, but looks really cool.
Dubbed “kinetic cooling,” the heatsink is a circular, flat component made from aluminum that, instead of coming with an attached fan, spins and acts as the fan itself.
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