Wednesday, December 31st 2008

Thermaltake Provides Phase Change Cooling for AMD Graphics Cards

Thermaltake today announced an initiative with AMD to redesign the revolutionary Xpressar micro refrigeration cooling system for use with ATI Radeon HD 4000 series graphics cards. First introduced in a specialized case designed to achieve CPU temperatures much lower than standard liquid cooling systems, the Xpressar technology will be modified for use as a graphics cooling solution. When commercially available, the Xpressar graphics solution could reduce graphics processor temperatures by as much as 20°C when compared to common liquid cooling products.

The Thermaltake Xpressar micro refrigeration cooling system utilizes a miniature version of the compressor cooling module commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners. To streamline installation, the graphics cooling module will utilize a compact design, occupying only the drive bay area in the computer.

“The Thermaltake micro refrigeration cooling system makes sense both from a technology standpoint and from a need to continually introduce advances in computer cooling,” said Dr. Gamal Refai-Ahmed, AMD Fellow and lead thermal architect, Graphics Products Group, AMD. “By moving beyond the limits of air cooling, we potentially open up a whole new level of performance for graphics technology.”

“This kind of phase change cooling may not be headline news, but a DC inverter type compressor that comes in such a compact size will be a new experience for the overclocking community,” said Kenny Lin, CEO of Thermaltake. “With an Intelligent IC controller to solve condensation problems, we expect many enthusiasts to take advantage of our Xpressar micro refrigeration cooling system when building cutting-edge systems.”

Overwhelming interest in the first Thermaltake Xpressar cooling solution indicates micro refrigeration cooling technology is already gaining traction around the world. The Xpressar graphics solution is one of many specialized micro refrigeration cooling products Thermaltake hopes to introduce to deliver optimum cooling solutions to a worldwide audience of PC enthusiasts.
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12 Comments on Thermaltake Provides Phase Change Cooling for AMD Graphics Cards

#1
Haytch
I sure could do with phase change cooling over this summer for my pair. Might look up the dimensions.
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#3
Tyr.1358
Judging by the quality of Thermaltake's water-cooling kits I'm not sure if I would trust them to make a reliable and safe phase-change setup. Will wait and see.
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I don't know IF Id bet against them. This time they are working with someone so they cant just say it works and thats it. Lets hope AMDs QA dept really keeps to its guns.
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Tyr.1358
by: Haytch
I sure could do with phase change cooling over this summer for my pair. Might look up the dimensions.
I think a drive bay is 5.75"x1.625", but I'm not totally sure. The only concrete dims I could ever find are for the ATX specification, but that is completely unrelated:)
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#7
SpookyWillow
that looks like its cooling the cpu not a gpu

edit, ahh its going to be modified for the card ;)
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1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
by: SpookyWillow
that looks like its cooling the cpu not a gpu

edit, ahh its going to be modified for the card ;)
This should be interesting, can't wait for some more info. :rockout:
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Tyr.1358
by: WarEagleAU
I don't know IF Id bet against them. This time they are working with someone so they cant just say it works and thats it. Lets hope AMDs QA dept really keeps to its guns.
hmm I hadn't thought of that. I think you are right; AMD should be able to churn out a great product. I wonder why they are working with Thermaltake? It doesn't really matter, but I would have expected to see them working with a company that works in thermal management exclusively, like Koolance.

by: kid41212003
Preview:
http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/1690/exclusive_preview_of_thermaltake_xpressar_phase_change_unit/index.html
It does look sweet though . . .
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#10
Haytch
by: [I.R.A]_FBi
drive bay dimensions haytch
Sorry mate. I know alcohol is not an allowed to be used as an excuse, but how about New Years Eve and my birthday on the 1st ?
I meant the dimensions available in my master case.
Im currently using an Antec 1200, but ive made way too many mods to it and space is kind of rare in there.

Im positive Thermaltake will get this right. OCZ almost got it right. I just hope the product finds its way to Australia.
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#11
PCpraiser100
Checked through newsletters, they say that they will be making it cheaper by creating a drive bay version of the whole kit, which is expecting for a price tag of $300. Who wants to go beyond 4-5GHz quad-core users?
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