The market for processor cooling systems has almost not been developing for a long time. Manufacturers have squeezed the most out of those technologies that are commonly used in coolers, and new ones do not really take root here.
For example, we can recall models with a Peltier element, which, although they showed good performance, still did not gain a foothold in the market. And now, IceGiant company has proposed its own version of a processor cooler, using new technological solutions for this segment. The device is called ProSiphon Elite, and so far it is a prototype, which, however, will definitely get to the shelves.
It’s worth starting with the fact that IceGiant specializes in cooling data centre systems and industrial equipment, so it’s not at all new to the industry. As for ProSiphon Elite, it is a two-phase cooling system with dielectric fluid and without any pumps and pumps.
The principle of operation is exactly the same as in the case of conventional heat pipes: near the CPU, the liquid heats up, evaporates and rises up to the radiator, where it is cooled, condensed and lowered back to the processor. Everything happens under the influence of gravity, so there is nothing besides replaceable fans that could fail.
True, there is a minus – dimensions. Judging by the company’s website, the serial product should have dimensions 251 x 165.5 x 90 mm with a mass of 1290 g, but the prototype tested by the source weighed more than 2.2 kg!
Are such sizes and the use of conditionally new technology justified? Test results show that so far not really.
The source took one of the hottest consumer processors – Threadripper 2990WX. To increase the load, the CPU was overclocked to 3.4 GHz at a voltage of 1.2 V. The good thing is that ProSiphon Elite does its job perfectly, keeping the temperature of the monstrous processor at a normal level. However, the same many times more compact Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3 produces almost the same result.
Moreover, for this, a Noctua fan only needs to operate at less than 1,500 rpm, which accordingly affects the noise level. As a result, Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3 seems to be the more preferable option, since it is smaller, lighter, quieter, practically not inferior in performance, and even cheaper. The ProSiphon Elite is expected to cost $ 120.
But IceGiant claims that the production model will be smaller, lighter and more efficient. And under such conditions, it is quite possible that ProSiphon Elite will indeed become the king of air cooling systems. Although the revolution still does not suit.
Source = IceGaint