Graphics cards and PCIe cards come with a limited set of cooling options. Some of the low TDP models are passive, before going up to active cooling on higher TDP models. Air cooling comes with one, two, or three fans, and even moves to triple-slot coolers. Beyond this is liquid cooling, either with a dedicated pump and reservoir per card, or a water block in a combined water cooling system. What if you want to deafen your neighbors with noise? Powercolor has a solution for you.

On display was a Xilinx high-end FPGA connected to an airflow chamber mechanism that is powered by two large 250+ CFM (cubic feet per minute) high static pressure fans that pushes the air through to a single PCIe slot gap with a small air cooler. Each fan directs the air to either side of the card. This solution minimizes the amount of heatsink on the PCIe card and instead replaces it with this air chamber and some loud deafening fans.

Truth be told, this is for a server installation. However it seems alarmingly bulky, especially as a goal of the single slot design might be for density, and that air chamber seems overly large. That card in this case is a 2x100 GbE design for a SmartNIC or machine learning, but could easily be a new GPU jacked up to a few hundred watts.

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  • mode_13h - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link

    Reminds me of this:
  • PeachNCream - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link

    Needs more RAM. Those DIMM slots are looking a little bit lonely. (Side note: Yes, I know it's just a display mock up so no, you don't need to point that out, but yes you can if you still feel like that sort of thing would make you feel better.)
  • sandtitz - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - link

    Needs more cowbell, I'd say.
  • shabby - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link

    Looks 3d printed... whose got the stl file?!?
  • AshlayW - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link

    No, this is a reference Radeon RX 5700. AMD was absolutely set on it being a blower... could it be louder than the Reference Vega? AMD: Hold my beer... >.<
  • Retycint - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link

    They were too preoccupied with whether they could, that they didn't stop to think whether they should
  • Duraz0rz - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link

    This reminds me of cold air intakes in cars.
  • meacupla - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - link

    Someone tell them that centrifugal style fans have higher static pressure, are oriented in a less space consuming layout and can be equally as loud and high CFM as these 250+cfm normal fans.
  • patel21 - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - link

    Seeing this cooler I got an idea, can it be possible to design a cooler where one fan brings in cool air on top of the cpu/gpu directly, and the other fan pushes that hot air out ???
  • DeanimatE - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - link

    They look like Deltas. I have one as my cpu cooler. Pushes an amazing amount of air and is super duper loud :D

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