Tuesday, March 20th 2012

Asetek Demonstrates Liquid Cooling For Laptop And All-In-One PCs

Asetek Inc., the world leading supplier of liquid cooling for the computer industry announced today a new and groundbreaking slim form factor liquid cooling technology for extreme performance and workstation grade laptops and All-In-One PCs. Slim form factor liquid cooling enables laptop and AIO PC manufacturers to deliver mobility and sleek industrial designs without sacrificing performance.

"We see a growing need for higher performance personal computers, driven by ever more powerful modeling software for engineering, scientific and financial work, and for content creation and gaming," said André S. Eriksen, Founder and CEO of Asetek. "We also see high performance hardware expanding to more portable, sleeker devices like the highly successful M-series of notebooks from Alienware."


"For laptops and AIOs to deliver workstation and gaming PC performance, these machines must be able to take full advantage of desktop grade performance hardware. We have identified this need and designed our cooling solution to target these thinner machines," continued Eriksen.

The fundamental challenge in cooling desktop replacement laptops and All-In-One PCs is the lack of space for a proper thermal solution. Consequently, previous attempts at liquid cooling laptops have offered no performance improvement over traditional heat-pipe based heat sinks.

"Asetek successfully cracked the code of improving acoustic and thermal performance in a notebook without increasing the form factor," said Ole Madsen, VP of Engineering. "Our patent protected technology allows better utilization of the thermal modules used to cool the CPU and GPUs. That, along with our optimized coldplate technology enables the use of much more powerful hardware than air cooling could ever allow".

Asetek is showcasing its new technology in an Alienware M18x notebook with the CPU overclocked from 3.5 GHz to 4.4 GHz and the GPUs overclocked from 680 MHz to 800 MHz. In addition, the M18x achieved a 23% improvement in Futuremark's 3D Mark Vantage benchmark while reducing the noise output of the stock air-cooled laptop.

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15 Comments on Asetek Demonstrates Liquid Cooling For Laptop And All-In-One PCs

#1
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
So this would be implemented in prebuilt laptops like alienware/dell?
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#2
Cristian_25H
News Poster
by: brandonwh64
So this would be implemented in prebuilt laptops like alienware/dell?
It's still a prototype for now but hopefully it will find its way to gaming laptops.
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brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
by: Cristian_25H
It's still a prototype for now but hopefully it will find its way to gaming laptops.
Seems like a nice idea but do not see how you could cool the rad very well.
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#4
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
I can see this ending in tears if it ever did come to light.
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#5
jpierce55
I agree with you IC, and can't imagine it will go over well with the TSA.
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#6
silkstone
The main problem with laptops is their small size and the inability/ unwillingness to fit large amount of fans.

I don't see how this could overcome the laws of physics to create cooler temperatures as the bottleneck in laptop cooling is usually airflow.

Edit - The radiators will still need to be cooled, and with short distance between radiator and heatblock, why not just use a conventional air cooler with specially designed heat-pipes?

Now, if they could create a laptop that used the case as a kind of passive cooler, that would be interesting. of course it would have to also have a pretty decent internal cooling system otherwise it would get to hot. But, if it could dissipate a couple of extra degrees away from the cpu, that wouldn't lead to much higher case temperatures.
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#7
[H]@RD5TUFF
While interesting, it seems like it would compound more problems than it would solve.
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#8
m1dg3t
This would be awesome! :)
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#9
option350z
Still better than a copper heat pipe. Like the design. While it takes a bit more power to function it still out performs just that dinky copper pipe.. I wonder if it will be a completely sealed unit? Odds are it most likely will be.
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#10
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: brandonwh64
Seems like a nice idea but do not see how you could cool the rad very well.
Watch the video.

The idea is to take 3 separate cooling units, with 3 separate fin arrays, where 2 of the fin arrays end up going unused most of the time, and converting it so the fluid flows through each array at all times. So you get the full cooling capacity of all 3 fin arrays at all times.
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#11
dieterd
in video was mentioned that "this solution wont cook my lap and hands anymore"... hmm - it is even more better/faster heat spreder - where it gona spred this higher (or even normal) amount of heat - on my balls?
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#12
[H]@RD5TUFF
by: dieterd
in video was mentioned that "this solution wont cook my lap and hands anymore"... hmm - it is even more better/faster heat spreder - where it gona spred this higher (or even normal) amount of heat - on my balls?
Ah you haven't hear their new slogan for this product . .. ?

Asetek cooking your genitals not your hands . . .

Or

Asetek tying your tubes for you . . .. :D
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#13
m1dg3t
by: dieterd
in video was mentioned that "this solution wont cook my lap and hands anymore"... hmm - it is even more better/faster heat spreder - where it gona spred this higher (or even normal) amount of heat - on my balls?
You saw the vid; it draw's the air up, through the bottom at the rear and through the rad's, and exhaust's it out the back :cool:

I guess the thing holding them back is the testing, need to make sure reliability is 100% otherwise a failure would more than likely be catastrophic :o I would really like to see these on the market :D
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#14
Mr. Fox
Asetek is showcasing its new technology in an Alienware M18x notebook with the CPU overclocked from 3.5 GHz to 4.4 GHz and the GPUs overclocked from 680 MHz to 800 MHz.
Hmm. I overclock my M18x CPU and GPU at those speeds all the time without using any special cooling. The Alienware factory cooling system is excellent. So, now I am suspicious about the effectiveness of the Asetek liquid cooling system. I would have expected them to overclock much higher than 4.4GHz on CPU and 800MHz on the GPU core with liquid cooling.

3DMark11 - P11363 | Vantage - P37870 | 3DMark06 - 33117

It's also really sort of an unfair or deceptive test using the M18x, because it already has one of the most efficient cooling systems available in a gaming laptop. It would have been better to choose a model that has known cooling problems to demonstrate whether this really works well.
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#15
Depth
by: [H]@RD5TUFF
Ah you haven't hear their new slogan for this product . .. ?

Asetek cooking your genitals not your hands . . .
It doubles as a sterilization treatment for men.
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