The theory behind them is that dust has LESS effect on them, because of a lot of fluid dynamics engineering.Is it just me, or dos it look like dust will have a greater effect on this than a conventional cooler? Really I just see this as a potential upgrade from a passive cooler, but can't work out for the life of me how it would compete with an active cooler.
Nope. The blades are curved away from the direction of rotation. It would cause no more damage than sticking your fingers onto the flat blades of a case fan.Will it turn your finger to spaghetti if you touch it by accident? or the sata cable blah blah. Not that I have touched my CPU fan, just saying.
The theory behind them is that dust has LESS effect on them, because of a lot of fluid dynamics engineering.
This is the video from Sandia National Labratories, the think-tank who originally designed this cooler:
Nope. The blades are curved away from the direction of rotation. It would cause no more damage than sticking your fingers onto the flat blades of a case fan.
I don't know why all the licenced iterations have the secondary heatsink ring around the blade instead of a larger blade, but I'm guessing it has something to do with either requiring less precision during manufacturing or shielding the corners of the blades from someone touching them. (Even though they wouldn't cause harm anyways.)
Sandia National Labs: designed the air bearing heatsink/fan comboOh man. I've been following the Sandia Cooler for a long time, and am really excited about this. Two different companies (Cooler Master and "CoolChip") appeared to licence the design and then did absolutely nothing with it.
...interesting. I did not know that - kind of sad to hear that it's not the real deal, but maybe it's at least a proof of concept that this style of cooler can be sucessful?Sandia National Labs: designed the air bearing heatsink/fan combo
Coolchip: Demonstrated (and used to gain seed funding) their own unlicensed copy of the Sandia cooler, but otherwise have no relation to SNL. Supposedly their newer design has been changed enough to avoid litigation.
Cooler Master: First to license Coolchip's cooler, but decided not to go into production
ThermalTake: Second to have licensed Coolchip's newer design for production
Until they announce a price and there are actual reviews, you know that's just wishful thinking. If this were a revolution in cooling, then a company would have brought it to market A LOT FASTER than four years after the invention was announced.If you look for a real 1U cooler it is the best deal you can get.
There's two products on that page; the reviews and Q&A are for the "budget" model, which is a bog-standard extruded aluminum heatsink+fan. The Engine 27 should really have its own product page, considering how different they are.I am quite confused by the Amazon product page of this cooler.
If you look at the Q&A and the user reviews, there's some that date back to 2014 and 2015. Surely this didn't fly under our radar for 2 years.
Maybe they reused an old product's page? Meaning all Q&A, user reviews, and user ratings on that page are obsolete and irrelevant.