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Are we come to the end?


Is the Golden Age of Air Cooling . . . over?

We seem to have arrived at climax design in air coolers with the D14, the Silver Arrow and the Archon. Sure, Prolimatech could double up the Armageddon, and Thermalright could double up the Archon. But we seem to be presented with air coolers that have maxed out the capabilities of heatpipes and fins.

And then there are the new cpu's from Intel. Allegedly the 2500k and the 2600k max out their overclocking before they get hot enough to need one of the top coolers. And when Intel moves the Sandy Bridge architecture from 32nm to the 22nm Ivy Bridge, they will make so little heat that stock coolers may be all they will ever need.

Have we reached the end of an era?
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post #2 of 65
I would say it's more like a phase. Given enough time we'll see the need for an evolution in cooler design, and we'll start seeing a lot of new innovations and models, maybe even some new companies.
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Vapor technology?
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This is interesting.. I have no input just found it interesting
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Vapor Chambers. Here is a little aircooler I have been seriously contemplating buying just to see how good it is for its size.

The Dynatron G218

It is made for servers but it fits socket 1366. I don't think it has the surface area to defeat the D14/Megahalems/Silver Arrow etc. but I think it's performance should be impressive for its size if a fan is rigged to blow on it.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/97..._LGA_1366.html

Apparently this technology is tied up in a big lawsuit right now. That's why we aren't seeing many using it. I believe three different companies are claiming they own the patent. Once this lawsuit is settled I think there will be a flood of these.
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One thing I have always found funny is that people refer to the three major cooling methods as air cooling, liquid cooling, and phase change.

But technically isn't a heat pipe all three?

It uses the phase changes of a liquid inside the pipes to transfer the heat to air...

Just something I've always found kind of humorous in a nerdy way.
    
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i think it's too early to say sandy bridge doesn't need good cooling. the limits haven't been touched yet. i do know there's quite a few threads that state that when it DOES get hot, it does so very quickly. we have to just wait and see.

plenty sb must burn and fall before we can say every that these chips have been pushed to their "max"
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post #8 of 65
That's a good thing IMO
I have too many fans in my system as is
If everything starts running cooler and eliminating the need for all the extra fans and cooling then i welcome it with open arms
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Originally Posted by Epitope View Post
One thing I have always found funny is that people refer to the three major cooling methods as air cooling, liquid cooling, and phase change.

But technically isn't a heat pipe all three?

It uses the phase changes of a liquid inside the pipes to transfer the heat to air...

Just something I've always found kind of humorous in a nerdy way.
that's like calling a tiger a zebra just cause it has stripes, four legs, and moves.

it's the differences that seperate them apart and also what makes each one unique.
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I have been wondering if the i7 1366 chips will be the hottest, most power hungry chips in history. Do I have the most beastly, power consuming, hottest chip ever?

I think they are only going to get more efficient and cooler as the lithography gets smaller and smaller
    
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