Cooling and cases specialist Streacom has launched a range of heat pipe sets for PC DIYers. The Dutch firm is particularly popular with fanless PC enthusiasts, with approximately half its cases addressing this segment. Fanless Tech was quick to spot these new heat pipe sets that are being supplied in straight form, with lengths of 150, 200, 250 and 300mm. PC DIYers who like to have full granular control over their PC builds are likely to welcome these commercial grade cooling components.
Streacom already supplies quite the range of heat pipes and other cooling accessories like CPU cooler and GPU cooler mounting hardware, brackets, and I/O modules. However, the previous heat pipe sets are all preformed for Streacom's range of cases as additions or replacements for existing hardware. These new heat pipes are straight, ready to be bent and contorted precisely to meet the custom PC maker's desires.
Above you can see the differing length heat pipe sets protruding from their cardboard tube packaging. Quiet PC's listings for these products reveal that you can only buy packs of four, and there is no 'variety pack'.
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Prices are relatively similar, whether you're looking at the longest 300mm heat pipes or the shortest 150mm set. For twice the length you pay just 16% extra, despite all the extra material that's required.
The Streacom heat pipes all feature pure copper construction with a sintered wick using de-ionized water. As mentioned above, they can be formed to fit a multitude of custom cooling purposes using appropriate tools, linked up in a variety of way with the rest of your custom cooling equipment.
These are obviously for the extreme modders and DIY enthusiasts that want to create something unique. There's more to building a powerful and capable cooling setup than just slapping a bunch of heat pipes onto some plates and calling it a day. But if you're the type of user who wants to take cooling mods to the next level, Streacom has a variety of other interesting accessories.
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looking at this makes me wondering if something like geothermal heating/cooling in a house would work in smaller applications? where the heatpipe would run down to a coil submerged in a fluid.Reply
Possible? Maybe.who_farted said:looking at this makes me wondering if something like geothermal heating/cooling in a house would work in smaller applications? where the heatpipe would run down to a coil submerged in a fluid.
Using this premise you could in theory transfer heat out, but the smaller you get the more concentrated the heat from said application. So if you are talking a PC sized application, the density might cause a problem compared to ambient air in a room.