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Danamics to launch LM10 liquid-metal CPU cooler in November

by Parm Mann on 30 October 2008, 13:16

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A new way to cool your Core i7...

We'd almost forgotten about the LM10 CPU cooler from Denmark's Danamics, but it's still happening, and it'll be available in Europe as soon as next month.

The LM10 is the world's first commercially available liquid metal-based CPU cooler, and was announced amid a fair amount of buzz back in July. Things have been a little quiet since then, but Danamics has today announced that the LM10 will land in Europe as of November 17th - albeit in limited quantities from various yet-to-be-named resellers.

Outside of Europe it's another matter, Danamics is awaiting approval of its liquid metal-based technology before it can sell in other regions.

If you're wondering what all the fuss is about, the LM10 has no moving parts and an unlimited mean time between failures. Inside is a yet-to-be-named liquid metal that's said to provide superior thermo physical propertiesĀ and is circulated without moving parts thanks to a built-in electromagnetic pump.

The promise is lower thermal resistance than any air-cooler and cooling performance that'll put most water-cooled setups to shame. That's still the claim, but we've yet to see any real-world performance figures and although we have a launch date, we're still missing the key ingredient; pricing.

Nonetheless, if you're piecing together a prospective Core i7 build, the LM10 may warrant some consideration. Expect to see some form of launch campaign kick off in the coming week or so.

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Bet it's going to be priced ‘nicely’. Should be interesting for benchmarks etc, and seeing if it does actually make a difference.
It still falls foul of the same issue all air cooled systems (including watercooling) fall at they are limited in performance by the ambient room temperatures.

Also not sure how it will be out performing a watercooling set up, the liquid in my loop is currently about 27°C entering my radiator this is cooling my CPU, GPU and northbridge (see my system for details) currently running the F@H GPU2 client and CPU client so CPU load is 100% and so is GPU load my CPU cores are currently at 36 and 37°C and my GPU is 35°C, I am pretty sure my radiators have a slightly higher surface area than that tower cooler and I am using cool room air rather than warm case air to do my cooling.

While I am all for inovation and new methods I think it unlikely that this cooler will challenge a decent quality water cooling set up, compare it tot he Xigmatec tower water cooling thing and yes, but a custom built system will out perform it every day of the year.

I actually hope I am wrong but I can not see that being the case you can move the heat from the CPU to the fins as fast as you like but if the fins cant dissipate that heat then it doesn't really matter.

I will wait for a review and if it outperforms the best tower air coolers and has a reasonable price tag then great (water cooling is certainly not for everybody) and on a price for performance I'm sure it will beat water cooling (current air coolers do that!) but I will be very surprised if it out performs a water cooling set up where it really matters in a heavily overclocked system where the heat is really being pumped out.
Agreed, their claim seems rather silly IMO.

I cannot see how it will get anywhere near most water-cooling setups, let alone “put most water-cooled setups to shame”
Their argument, presumably, is that water is nowhere near as efficient at heat transfer as liquid metal. In theory, if they put in a fan to complement just the plain heat sink (looks passive to me), then it should be pretty good.
There was a similar product a couple of years ago by a company called Nanocoolers, you can wayback their site to find some info on it. While it worked there were a couple of problems;
1 - the liquid metal was toxic, they claimed otherwise but would you drink mercury?
2 - the liquid metal was very pricey
3 - Not RoHas compliant, how are you going to dispose of it, this is not a green solution
4 - It was pumped with magnetic pumps, interesting idea, how about some nice magnetic pumps next to your sata raid

They went bankrupt, wonder why?