NEC claims 80% energy saving by liquid-cooling PCs

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Old 15-Jan-2011
NEC claims 80% energy saving by liquid-cooling PCs

(A typical water cooling setup)
If you buy a pre-built PC the chances are it is going to have fan and heatsink cooling installed for the CPU. If you build your own machines, or buy expensive enthusiast pre-builts, then water-cooling may be an option you use.
Although air cooling is cheap and effective, it can be noisy and limited depending on how much you want to overclock the chip. According to NEC it is also quite power-hungry.
With that in mind NEC has developed a new CPU cooling solution using liquid CFC. The advantages include up to an 80% reduction in power use over air cooling, 60% reduction over more typical water-cooling solutions, and of course no fan noise. NEC also claim to have reduced the cost of producing such a cooling system by 70% over more conventional water-cooling parts.
The combined manufacturing cost reduction, power use savings, and lack of noise, make for a compelling CPU cooling solution. NEC are hoping to include it with new PCs before the end of the year.

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