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Italian Moments: Neolec Venezia TB

Aluminum coolers usually consist of a solid aluminum base plate with cooling fins protruding from it.

Not so with the Venezia. One look at its profile and you'll see an area with symmetrically aligned cavities above the base plate. This is followed by a three-millimeter-thick layer of solid aluminum. It ends in a curve above which the cooling ribs start. This profile, quite similar to that of a Venetian bridge, is designed to rapidly dissipate heat pent up in the area of the cavities.

Neolec has come up with the meaningful name 'heat transmission channel' (HTC) for this profile.

Practical experience reveals, however, that the HTC's impact on the cooling capacity is everything but dramatic. How could it? Air is simply no better or faster at dissipating heat than aluminum. And it would be foolhardy, considering the laws of physics, to hope for convection currents in the channels. But this cooler is still a good, and, at 54 dB(A), a relatively quiet, candidate.