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Old 12th July 2011, 16:20   #1
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Default Sandia-designed CPU cooler lacks fan, rotates heatsink instead

CPU coolers aren't rocket science, but the Sandia National Laboratories has produced one anyway. As one might expect, it's rather special. The patent-pending "Air Bearing Heat Exchanger" promises to substantially reduce the amount of energy required to cool microprocessors while simultaneously cutting noise levels. Fans are the only source of energy consumption for common air coolers, and they happen to be the sole generators of noise. Sandia's cooler doesn't have one. Instead, it rotates the heatsink itself. Here's a diagram pulled from the official press release:
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