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Old 29th Feb 2008, 18:41   #1
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MSI ECOlution: powering fans without electricity

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2008/02..._electricity/1

MSI kicks off CeBIT 2008 early with a new energy efficient innovation. It's called the ECOlution.

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Old 29th Feb 2008, 18:44   #2
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That's freaking hilarious!
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Old 29th Feb 2008, 18:48   #3
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Old 29th Feb 2008, 18:53   #4
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erm...isn't April Fools' still a month away? Steampunk finally becomes a reality

If it does get shown at CeBIT, I'd love to see a video of it in action.
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I will try to get a video. I do have one, but it's not a "real" one - just a simulation
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Old 29th Feb 2008, 19:32   #6
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Out of all the components in my pc, its not the fans i was woried about when it comes to power consumption.

It is a pretty good idea though.
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It is rather awesome.
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I will try to get a video. I do have one, but it's not a "real" one - just a simulation
I've seen that Rich, like an animated 3d rendering? It look spretty funky and MSi have gotta be aknowledged for taking this on.

However, 60C before it kicks in? Ouch.
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LOL. Bravo, MSI. Friggin' funny. Gotta hand it to them...
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Seems like a great idea. Even though fans aren't the most power consuming components in a computer, they still require electricity, which comes via wires. And I hate wires. The less, the better. So give 'em to me now, please
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half a brownie point for saving the planet, although trusting a mechanical system to cool your northbridge that has to be at 60 degrees? danger!

it even mentions the old single piston problem that you need to 'tap' it to actually get it moving should everything end up in line

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It's a really cool concept, but I have problems seeing the advantage here.

It's inefficient (in terms of cooling), it have more parts that can fail and probably cost way more to produce.

It gets a very high score on coolness, though
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the strange, or stupid, thing is that i thought of this some time ago.... like 2 years ago....
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Great idea. Talk about green machine. LOL
Congrates to MSI for taking such a step. Its a great idea.
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If these ever see the light of day I would probably buy one to play with, I have always wanted to buy a stirling engine to play with, but I cannot see myself actualy trusting it to cool my pc. Hopefully it will be cheaper than all the other stirling engines floating around the web for sale.
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the basic idea behind it (converting heat into another form of energy) is nothing new, but seeing it realized in such a small self contained form is still amazing, what worries me though is the price, i mean mainboards are allready getting more and more expensive in relation to the other parts of the pc.
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Very cool. People seem to forget that heat, light, sound, etc is energy and can be harnessed. I know I did.
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it even mentions the old single piston problem that you need to 'tap' it to actually get it moving should everything end up in line
I haven't had time to read it yet, but that's an easy fix. Have a second engine inline with the first, both geared together, with the first one a quarter turn apart from the second one. Steampunk, indeed.
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