Insert Thirty-Six Supapipe Jokes Here

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2014 - 08:36 PM |
Tagged: passive cooling, cooling

Somewhere in the world, someone is developing a passively-cooled desktop made up of copper water pipes. Thirty-six (36) of them pass through what looks like an aluminum block attached to the socket LGA 1155 heatsink mount. As the copper pipes heat up, it passes to the air within it. Convection forces this to exhaust upward through the copper chimney and replaces it with cool air from below.

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From the 3D prototype, it looks like two passively-cooled discrete GPUs are intended to fit just above the elbow in the chimney. Even from the rendering, it is clear that quite a lot of thought and effort has gone into this project. I cannot tell how they intend to access PCIe slots from up there, be it a larger motherboard or an extension adapter, but options probably exist.

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Initial testing with a Core i5-4440 (stock frequencies) show around 65 deg C at full CPU load. This should be in line with a typical air-based cooler.

Either way, this is the most impressive "SuperPipe" cooler that I have seen.

Your move, MSI.

Source: CoolEnjoy

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February 17, 2014 | 10:12 PM - Posted by pdjblum

Haven't there been passively cooled cases with heat pipes integrated into the case? Of course, this application uses hollow tubes and convection rather than phase change, which as I recall is the way a heat pipe on an air cooled heatsink works.

February 17, 2014 | 11:07 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

HDPlex, Streacom, and A-Tech all make passively cooled cases. I've never heard of a project on this scale, though. I'm doubtful that the graphics cards can be cooled adequately, but it's impressive nonetheless.

February 17, 2014 | 11:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

For just 36 copper pipes, you too could feed a starving Ethiopian per month.

Jesus christ. That's some serious scrape metal you got there son.

February 18, 2014 | 12:02 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Makes one wonder how many it would take to feed a starving American.

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