UPDATE: CoolClouds have contacted us to let us know that the pictures shown below are of a prototype cooler Intel had them design for their Knights Corner MIC. The cooler that they plan on building for customer use will look more like a standard tower cooler, but will still use their water heatpipe/heatsink design. Below is a rendering of that design:
A new startup called CoolClouds sent word that they are attempting to produce an all new type of CPU cooler using crowdfunding. Dubbed the SuprCool-PC, the design looks interesting to say the least. It looks something like an enclosed liquid cooling system that sits directly in contact with the CPU.
Neither the funding site nor the product page go into great detail in how the SuprCool-PC actually works, but a lot of lofty claims are made. They say that it will be capable of cooling a 300W load, which puts it above the best aircoolers like the Noctua NH-U14S and in line with huge custom water cooling systems. However they say they can do this in a much smaller package, that is “roughly half the noise of the standard heat sink”.
The company definitely has some big names to give them some credibility. Founder and CEO Ven Holalkere worked in Intel’s thermal management division for 5 years, and holds several patents with them. Along with some highly accredited engineers, you have to think that they may just be able to pull something like this off.
The goal is to raise $200,000, after which the SuprCool PC will go into production “no later (and possibly a good deal earlier) than” March 2014. To get your own, the pledge amount is $195.
Although I am skeptical of new products like this, it should be interesting to keep an eye on. If they succeed in funding to the point where they can make an actual product, you can be we’ll be putting it to the test.