ASUS has released its first CPU cooler for the soon to be released Intel Core i7 platform. The ASUS Triton 81 offers a 90mm fan that functions between 800 RPM and 2,500 RPM, with a noise level of 18 dBA during normal operation. The cooler is controlled by the motherboard’s PWM, and presents a blue glows when running. ASUS’s Triton 81 is constructed of copper, and includes copper heatpipes that link its base with the fins. The unit weighs 24.16oz, and supports Intel (sockets 1366 and 775) and AMD (sockets 939/940/1207/AM2/AM2+) motherboards. Pricing and availability information has not yet been announced.
The Thermaltake Xpressar RCS100 Micro Refrigeration Cooling System is similar in concept to the VapoChill Vapor Phase-Change Cooling systems. Thermaltake’s approach differs by utilizing a DC Inverter micro compressor for cooling the PC. Vapor-compression refrigeration has been the predominant method for air-conditioning large public buildings, residences, hotels, hospitals, theaters, restaurants, and vehicles. Thermaltake claims to be the first company to use this design for the PC. The system circulates a liquid refrigerant to absorb and remove heat from the area to be cooled and neutralizes the heat elsewhere.
The Xpressar RCS100 cools a CPU 20 degrees lower than liquid cooling. Thermaltake’s Xpressar RCS100 is also equipped with a custom controller to prevent condensation. The system has been tested to work with various Gigabyte, MSI, and Asus motherboards. It is likely the system works with many other motherboards as well, but they are not officially tested by Thermaltake.