By chance, Martin and I stumbled across the Noctua booth at Computex. The Austrian company had a small, inconspicuous stand. But what we saw there stimulated our curiosity: a large heat sink without fan, combined with a case that circulates the air from bottom to top in a balanced way. A glance at the product description tells us that it’s the prototype of a passive cooling element for x86 processors. Even at 120 watts of CPU power, the part should cool the processor sufficiently.
I wanted to know more and grabbed Dan from the Noctua booth for an interview.
Sure, working at over 90°C is a hell of a job for any processor. Still, with a CPU at 120 watts only being cooled passively, this average temperature is shockingly low. I wonder how much work still needs to be done until production can begin, and whether this thing will even find buyers. But hey, it’ll always be an interesting product study.
You're not connected to the Internet. Please check that your connection is enabled to keep browsing the site.