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posted a REALLY REALLY long time ago, but not worth finding.
finally! No more sticking my fingers in the fans by accident!!!!!!!!!!!111111111oneoneonesixsixsixoneo ne11111111
Yeah, now you just have to worry about being electrocuted.
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apologies if it was posted before i just thought it was very interesting.

Someone here said they wont replace fans, i think the exact same, the only thing they will be used for is this whole 'Portable Revolution' thats taking place with us right now, cooling them is a pain, so this will help big time, although it will cut profit margins to those poor poor rich ppl who dont have to get off their arse anymore to make money, hense the manufacturers
    
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apologies if it was posted before i just thought it was very interesting.

Someone here said they wont replace fans, i think the exact same, the only thing they will be used for is this whole 'Portable Revolution' thats taking place with us right now, cooling them is a pain, so this will help big time, although it will cut profit margins to those poor poor rich ppl who dont have to get off their arse anymore to make money, hense the manufacturers
Sadly, no.

If the price of manufacturing goes up, the consumer is the first and last to pay for it.
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I can't see this being used inside Desktops

Portable stuff maybe
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Water cooling > solid state fans. I still would prefer normal fans though, I love the light noise that a powerful computer makes when it has fans.
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post #36 of 43
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apologies if it was posted before i just thought it was very interesting.

Someone here said they wont replace fans, i think the exact same, the only thing they will be used for is this whole 'Portable Revolution' thats taking place with us right now, cooling them is a pain, so this will help big time, although it will cut profit margins to those poor poor rich ppl who dont have to get off their arse anymore to make money, hense the manufacturers
that's ok, it was over a month ago (january or febuary maybe).
It's a very interesting technology, I want to see one first-hand because it looks so unrealistic: A sheet of metal all of a sudden making a strong wind.
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If its not sucking in any air, then how can there be dust on it?
sorry for the late response. The way this system works is by charging a gas, and drawing that gas over plates, or another surface of opposite charge. Any particulates in the gas stream will be charged, but unlike the gas particles, the charged particulates will collect on the surface of the oppositely charged plates. Look into electrostatic precipitators,
From Wikipedia
I don't like using wikipedia all the time, but it gives you the gist of it. It's also how Ionic air cleaners work. The plates will cause gas flow, additionally, they'll clean the gas of particulates. Air purifiers might go one step further using UV rays too, but that's completely off topic.
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Water cooling > solid state fans.
Must agree here. For desktops the BETTER solution if you can will always be water cooling, but this is cool though for portable devices =D
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Water cooling > solid state fans. I still would prefer normal fans though, I love the light noise that a powerful computer makes when it has fans.
Umm... one of these solid state fans could be made to perfectly fit over a radiator, lacking the pitfall of dead zones (only partially alleviated by a shroud) with normal fans. They could also squeeze into tight places normally impossible for regular fans or wateblocks to fit in, such as cooling video card VRMs in multi GPU configurations.

The advantages they have over normal fans are numerous, as are their benefits to aiding water cooling over normal fans.
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Umm... one of these solid state fans could be made to perfectly fit over a radiator, lacking the pitfall of dead zones (only partially alleviated by a shroud) with normal fans. They could also squeeze into tight places normally impossible for regular fans or wateblocks to fit in, such as cooling video card VRMs in multi GPU configurations.

The advantages they have over normal fans are numerous, as are their benefits to aiding water cooling over normal fans.
How exactly? do you even know how they're designed? Do you know what kind of potentials the systems use? It's in the kV range. I wouldn't want to just have 1kV worth of electricity exposed for me to bump into. If you could house it in something, cool, but you still need a voltage generator, and enoughs surface area to actually create airflow. The EP in our lab has like 7 plates, and we use a potential of up to 15kV, but even that isn't enough to draw smoke over the surface fast, so it's assisted by a vacuum pump.
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