Monday, October 10th 2016

Thermaltake Intros its Sandia-inspired Engine 27 1U Low-Profile CPU Cooler

Remember the Sandia CPU cooler concept from 2011 which never really saw the light of the day? Thermaltake drew a few design cues, and launched the Engine 27, a low-profile CPU cooler with the heatsink-impeller design. As with Sandia, the Engine 27's design involves a metal heatsink base that makes contact with the CPU, which conveys heat to a motorized fan-shaped moving heatsink suspended along an axle and conductive lubricant. The rotation of this moving heatsink dissipates heat. To give Thermaltake credit where due, the company took the concept a notch above and gave the base-plate a static aluminium channel heatsink of its own, so the exhaust from the heatsink-impeller takes in some additional heat on its way out.

The Thermaltake Engine 27 derives its name from its 27 mm height (meets 1U spec), and probably the fact that it looks like the core of a jet engine. The company is still claiming pretty benign noise output figures of 13-25 dBA, depending on its speed range of 1500-2500 RPM (pretty neat for a 60 mm fan). Measuring 27 mm x 91.5 mm x 91.5 mm (HxWxD), the cooler weighs about 310 g, and supports LGA115x sockets (LGA1156/LGA1155/LGA1151/LGA1150). The fan supports 4-pin PWM power input. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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36 Comments on Thermaltake Intros its Sandia-inspired Engine 27 1U Low-Profile CPU Cooler

#2
RejZoR
So, after years of waiting, finally an actual product. No LGA2011 support though, so I'm assuming it's not up to a task of cooling those. Still interested to see temperature numbers...
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#3
FR@NK
Really needs an all copper version.
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#4
GreiverBlade
i am ... quite ... bluffed, that one looks really neat, and indeed looks almost as the Sandia was (altho that one was a ... spinning danger ahahah, well in the "open" form although)... almost tempted to assemble a mITX rig in a all-Plexiglas case just for that xD
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#5
Dj-ElectriC
I really want to appreciate Tt but it is SO HARD when so many recent products from them are "inspired by"
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#6
Ubersonic
Will be cool for rackmount servers, however I'm not sure I like the way it will be launching it's exhaust air straight at the RAM and VRMs lol, having said that it's not like this will be up to cooling an i7 or anything so won't be major heat.
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#7
GreiverBlade
Dj-ElectriC said:
I really want to appreciate Tt but it is SO HARD when so many recent products from them are "inspired by"
as long as it's inspired by something that didn't make his way to retail ... i don't care :laugh:
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#9
bogami
Very nice but also very inefficient, 70W max cooling that ! also yes, I think it should be made of copper .
This way, the cooling was mentioned a long time ago. This is fail to function satisfactorily .possible for the NUC would be good
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#10
Chaitanya
uuuaaaaaa said:
Apparently this time Thermaltake did not rip off Sandia's design. It seems that they are partners now?

They also have some high performance designs too!

http://coolchiptechnologies.com/
Yeah, true it seems like Cool Chip wasnt happy with Cooler Master and went to Thermaltake as their new partners for this product. At computex couple of years back CM had demoed these coolers to public but after that they never came to market and now it seems like thermaltake had finally introduced them to public.

Check their Facebook page they have few more announcements in coming days:
https://www.facebook.com/CoolchipTechnologies/
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#11
P4-630
Old news...

https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/thermaltake-kinetic-cpu-cooler-msrp-50.226326/

"According to Thermaltake, the Engine 27 is ideal for 1U servers, HTPCs, all-in-ones and other systems with little space in height. The suggested retail price is $ 50."

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fnl.hardware.info%2Fnieuws%2F49465%2Fthermaltake-gaat-kinetische-cpu-koeler-verkopen&edit-text=&act=url
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#12
$ReaPeR$
very interesting design, sadly this doesn't seem to be a product for enthusiasts since its heat dissipation properties are so low.
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#13
owen10578
Interesting. But you have to wonder if a tiny centrifugal blower in the middle and more aluminium fins mass around it would work better than this
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#14
Joss
Isn't this reinventing the wheel?

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#15
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Reminds me of the days when we had GPu coolers that looked like these
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#16
Nokiron
FR@NK said:
Really needs an all copper version.
It's a fine line though. Copper does not dissipate heat as well as aluminium does. If anything it would likely be better to combine both, just as normal coolers do (which this is).
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#17
slozomby
Joss said:
Isn't this reinventing the wheel?


that cooler is 63mm high. 1u is 44mm

a better comparision would be the one below
but a turbine style fan makes more sense than a downfacing fan when you have essentially no space above the cooler for intake.

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#19
jabbadap
Joss said:
Isn't this reinventing the wheel?


No the fan is made of metal, and should take itself part of heat transfer. Plastic fans just make wind pressure to make forced heat convection, not to take heat transfer to itself.

I'm still very skeptic for that metal fan though: dust will affect greatly for it's performance, heat transfer through air gap between fan and base and high spinning metal blades inside PC sounds a bit unnecessary violent.
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#20
Nokiron
jabbadap said:
No the fan is made of metal, and should take itself part of heat transfer. Plastic fans just make wind pressure to make forced heat convection, not to take heat transfer to itself.

I'm still very skeptic for that metal fan though: dust will affect greatly for it's performance, heat transfer through air gap between fan and base and high spinning metal blades inside PC sounds a bit unnecessary violent.
It's still pretty rad though!
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#21
slozomby
again I think most of the folks here are missing the point that its designed for 1U systems. which fall into 2 categories.
1) servers in datacenters with massive amounts of external cooling ( read as very expensive AC systems).
2) very low power systems for remote monitoring/dedicated tasks. ( which is what this appears to target).

currently the majority of 1U cooling systems are just a heatsink and 40mm case fans.
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#22
Caring1
I love the anodized color options for the fan.
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#23
Brusfantomet
No love for AMD systems?

slozomby said:
again I think most of the folks here are missing the point that its designed for 1U systems. which fall into 2 categories.
1) servers in datacenters with massive amounts of external cooling ( read as very expensive AC systems).
2) very low power systems for remote monitoring/dedicated tasks. ( which is what this appears to target).

currently the majority of 1U cooling systems are just a heatsink and 40mm case fans.
Depending on the noise output this would work wonders in a HTPC. m-itx boards in a Antec ISK 110 VESA makes for an excellent size with a snappy UI.
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#24
alucasa
If it cools 65w cpu with quietness at near full load, I'd be happy with that. Quite a price tag though.
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#25
micropage7
btarunr said:
The rotation of this moving heatsink dissipates heat
interesting but i dunno for long term and there will get some dust
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