Subject: Mobile | March 20, 2012 - 03:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: SFF, liquid cooling, gaming laptop, asetek, alienware
The rise of mATX boards designed for high powered gaming machines, laptops with serious mobile GPU power and All-In-One Systems have increased the problem of heat generation in small systems. A SFF system used to be a moderately powerful system good for use as a workstation or HTPC but now it could well be a multi-GPU gaming beast and the same goes for laptops.
In an effort to stop baking laps and shortening the life of components in SFF systems Asetek has been working on liquid cooling systems for these types of systems. You can see an example of a watercooling Alienware laptop on the YouTube video they produced and be sure to check out the links on this page if you are looking for more information.
Asetek Inc., the world leading supplier of liquid cooling for the computer industry announced today a new and groundbreaking slim form factor liquid cooling technology for extreme performance and workstation grade laptops and All-In-One PCs. Slim form factor liquid cooling enables laptop and AIO PC manufacturers to deliver mobility and sleek industrial designs without sacrificing performance.
“We see a growing need for higher performance personal computers, driven by ever more powerful modeling software for engineering, scientific and financial work, and for content creation and gaming,” said André S. Eriksen, Founder and CEO of Asetek. ”We also see high performance hardware expanding to more portable, sleeker devices like the highly successful M-series of notebooks from Alienware.”
“For laptops and AIOs to deliver workstation and gaming PC performance, these machines must be able to take full advantage of desktop grade performance hardware. We have identified this need and designed our cooling solution to target these thinner machines,” continued Eriksen.
The fundamental challenge in cooling desktop replacement laptops and All-In-One PCs is the lack of space for a proper thermal solution. Consequently, previous attempts at liquid cooling laptops have offered no performance improvement over traditional heat-pipe based heat sinks.
“Asetek successfully cracked the code of improving acoustic and thermal performance in a notebook without increasing the form factor,” said Ole Madsen, VP of Engineering. “Our patent protected technology allows better utilization of the thermal modules used to cool the CPU and GPUs. That, along with our optimized coldplate technology enables the use of much more powerful hardware than air cooling could ever allow”.
Asetek is showcasing its new technology in an Alienware M18x notebook with the CPU overclocked from 3.5GHz to 4.4Ghz and the GPUs overclocked from 680Mhz to 800Mhz. In addition, the M18x achieved a 23% improvement in Futuremark’s 3D Mark Vantage benchmark while reducing the noise output of the stock air-cooled laptop. A video demonstration can be found at Asetek.com.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 8, 2011 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: pny, GTX 580, watercooling, asetek
PNY tends to have limited releases of their graphics cards and some of them tend to be rather unique, like their new watercooled GTX580. [H]ard|OCP wanted to test the performance of this cooler in two scenarios, one with only the GTX580 taking advantage of watercooling so that there is hot air from the CPU moving around the case and a second where both the CPU and GPU are watercooled on the same loop. That makes a fair amount of difference to the amount of ambient heat present in the case, which has an effect on the efficiency of watercooling. [H]'s results are encouraging but this card does come at a price, $650 for the model that has waterblocks for both your CPU and GPU. If cooler temperatures and near silent operation are high on your list of requirements then check out what PNY has to offer.
"While PNY is not a name we have talked about when it comes to graphic cards since 2001, these guys are still around. For the most part there is nothing special about its cards, but today we have something that is special from PNY, an out-of-the box water cooled GTX 580. Let's see what it does for us."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- MSI GTX 560 Ti-448 1280MB Twin Frozr III Power Edition Overclocked @ Tweaktown
- Gigabyte Geforce GTX580 Super OverClock GPU @ Funky Kit
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Launch Roundup with SLI @ HardwareHeaven
- MSI GTX560Ti 448 - Overclock Part 2 @ OC3D
- The Current State Of Radeon Power Management @ Phoronix
- HIS 6770 IceQ X Turbo 1GB GDDR5, HIS 6750 Fan 1GB GDDR5 @ iXBT Labs
- Sapphire HD 6670 Single Slot Low Profile Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Sapphire Vapor-X HD 6850 1GB @ iXBT Labs
- Sapphire HD6870 @ Bjorn3D
- MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 1G/OC Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 8, 2011 - 08:21 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: water cooling, pny, nvidia, GTX 580, asetek
At E3 2011, PNY and Asetek showed off a new NVIDIA GTX 580 graphics card that is cooled by an Asetek water cooler. Another variant that includes a CPU water block in the sealed-water loop will also be available. The new system promises up to 30% lower temps compared to the NVIDIA reference cooler. Further, Asetek claims that the new cooler will result in increased headroom for overclocking, and a decrease in acoustics due to using a larger 120mm fan that can spin much slower (and quieter) than the traditional graphics card fan at the same level of cooling performance.
Nicholas Mauro, the Senior Marketing Manager for PC Components at PNY stated that “with a design that outperforms current equivalent air cooled models, this simple all-in-one solution will resonate deeply with gamers looking for a powerful yet affordable option.”
PNY is currently running a pre-order promotional bundle on the PNY website, which includes “$100 worth of bonus PNY gear: a 16ft HDMI Mini to HDMI cable, a custom-built PNY 8GB ‘Liquid Cooled’ USB Flash Drive, and a ‘Liquid Cooled logo T-shirt.” The XLR8 Liquid Cooled GTX 580 has a MSRP of $579.99 while the GPU+CPU water loop, the “XLR8 Liquid Cooled GTX 580 with CPU Cooling,” carries a MSRP of $649.99. The new coolers will come with a standard 3 year warranty, which is extended to 5 years if registered on PNY’s website. They will be available for purchase at the end of June at various brick and mortar and online retailers.
The street price of these coolers will likely determine how much adoption they will receive, as they are in a narrow market between high end air cooling and a DIY water loop.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 3, 2011 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: pny, computex, asetek
PNY Technologies, Inc. (“PNY”) and Asetek, the industry-leading supplier of all-in-one liquid cooling systems for computers, announced today that they are working together to bring an innovative product line of liquid cooled graphics cards to market. The goal is to deliver liquid-cooled, high-end graphics cards that far outperform equivalent air cooled models graphically, thermally and acoustically. The resulting extreme performance PNY graphics cards will come out-of-the box with an Asetek sealed water cooler already attached, making the solution very simple to install, maintenance-free and extremely reliable.
“Utilizing Asetek’s proven all-in-one liquid cooling technology enables PNY to deliver best-in-class graphics performance out of the box,” said Nicholas Mauro, senior marketing manager, PC components for PNY. “Asetek technology has revolutionized how people think about CPU cooling. Our customers will appreciate how leveraging this technology makes extreme performance liquid cooled graphic cards surprisingly affordable and how leveraging Asetek reliability enables us to offer these graphics cards with a 5-year Warranty.”
“Working with a well respected nVidia board partner is essential to achieving a high-performance, simple to install liquid cooling solution for graphics,” said Steve Branton, Director of Marketing at Asetek. “PNY’s powerful brand, wealth of experience in the graphics market and their dedication to the enthusiast community make them an excellent team mate for this project. We are excited by the products we are developing and working alongside such a great team of dedicated people.”