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Liquid metal cooling
5% better than water, 30% better than air | Posted by jonchappell on Aug 04th 05 06:32 PM
The Inquirer has an interesting article on liquid metal cooling. This is similar to water cooling only it is 5% more effective at heat dissipation because it is more thermally conductive than water and, crucially, it is smaller and quieter because it can be pumped around by magnets instead of fans.

This looks to be a promising cooling solution although the major problem with it is that it is expensive.

However, the opinion of the inventor of liquid metal cooling, nanoCoolers Inc, based in Austin, Texas, is worth paying attention to. Although representatives had been very enthusiastic about the technology when I spoke to them earlier in the year, NanoCoolers removed all information about liquid metal cooling from its website in mid-July.

When I contacted a representative, a few weeks ago, he told me that nanoCoolers was shifting its focus away from liquid metal to another system, thermal electric cooling. "The market size is limited by the cost of the liquid metal solution," he said, "and we would rather get to the next stage in technology with superior cooling and the promise of a much larger market".

 
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