We have featured plenty of fanless mini PCs here on Geeky Gadgets over the years, but this very unique mini PC prototype which has been created by Silent Power and requires no fans to cool its hardware components. Uses a copper foam which you can see protruding from the top of the mini PC case.
The unique hardware cooling method for the fanless mini PC is definitely very original and the copper foam can be created with a number of different porous sizes and luster, depending on the hardware heat dissipation requirements.
The copper foam sits onto of the hardware components and help keep the processor and GPU cool by providing a system that is apparently 500 times more effective than a heatsink equipped with fans.
The Silent Power mini PC is fitted with an Intel quad-core i7-4785T 2.2 GHz processor, 8 or 16 GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GTX 760 graphics card and offers a variety of connection ports including USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, HDMI, DVI, and audio. The mini PC ships running Microsoft’s latest Windows 8.1 operating system and measures just 160 x 100 x 70mm and weighs just 3.3lb or 1.5 kg.
“The Silent Power uses as a heat sink copper metal foam. Copper conducts heat better than any other industrial metal. The structure of a foam, the heat can spread over an enormous area. To the very hot regions inside the metal foam, the air is heated more than in the outer regions.
The air expands due to the heat in the inner stronger and is pressed automatically to the outside. This creates its own micro-circulation, which dissipates the heat more efficiently. A fan as cooling is no longer necessary.”
Currently the PC is being crowd funded via a Silent Power in-house campaign which is looking to raise roughly $60,000 to help take the prototype into production with shipping commencing sometime in the spring of 2015.
Source: Gizmodo : Silent Power