The next frontier in liquid cooling -- laptops

The next frontier in liquid cooling -- laptops

Summary: If you think the iPad 3 is hot, try holding a $3,000 gaming laptop on your knees while you're playing Mass Effect 3. Asetek's new liquid-cooling solution hopes to cool scorching hot notebooks.


If you think the iPad 3 is hot, try holding a $3,000 gaming laptop on your knees while you're playing Mass Effect 3. While high-performance desktops have had the luxury of using liquid cooling to chill their red-hot components, notebooks have been forced to rely on humble air-cooling solutions to try to keep heat to a minimum.

Asetek, a leader in PC cooling, is trying to change that, having just released a video that shows off a liquid cooling system that can not only work in laptops, but also in all-in-one desktop PCs. The company claims that its new patented solution has overcome previous attempts at liquid cooling portables, which offered little advantage over traditional heat sinks.

In the video, Asetek shows an overclocked Alienware M18x using its laptop liquid cooling to provide a 23% boost in performance on the 3D Mark Vantage benchmark, while also lowering noise output. (Interestingly, no claims about reduction in temperature are noted.)

Since this is more of a proof-of-concept video, Asetek hasn't yet announced any partners that will ship with the new cooling system. But if gaming PC manufacturers start adding this as an option, would you be willing to pay the inevitable added expense to buy a liquid-cooled laptop (or all-in-one PC)? Let us know in the Comments section below.

Topics: iPad, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • Depends on the added expense

    For a 23% boost and a chilled laptop, I would be willing to add 100-150 dollars - maybe. Still don't get why one would need $3000 laptop for me3? My $1100 laptop plays the game smoothly on 1080p at all effects enabled. Heats a lot though.
    • Cooling problems

      High performance laptops used to have cooling problems causing them to overheat after gaming for awhile.
  • Eh, my ASUS gaming laptop is fine

    I can play pretty much anything on high with barely any noticeable heat on my lap. Just don't sit to the left of me. I was honestly quite shocked at it, because my previous laptop (an HP Pavilion) got hot all the time. My current one has more or less constant heat to the touch...just the fan port is a veritable furnace. So yeah, no heat problems for me...that goes to my buddy that's on the left side of the couch.
  • given 2011 MacBooks get up to 100c for encoding and 3d

    They would make good candidates, too
  • Water and electronics don't mix

    When are you fanboys gonna get a clue.
    • Huh??

      How is applying wanting to apply tried and true (yes, especially commercially) methods of heat dispersion to notebooks in anyway constituting as the domain of the "fanboy"?
    • out of touch

      @scoripoblack, You are really out of touch with reality.
  • overheating a common problem

    I don't game at all, but 2 of the three laptops I currently have suffer from severe overheating problems. One in particular has locked up or gone into thermal shut down once a month minimum, since the day I got it.

    I'd pay up to 100 bucks more for a machine guaranteed not to ever overheat. If you can give me more performance from the hardware as well it becomes a no-brainer.

    Whether the above entails liquid cooling or not doesn't matter. But I doubt air cooling provides maximal performance from any given hardware.
  • No claims about reduction in temperature

    Well, I suppose that if the cooling system works it will effectively allow the temperature to be reduced thus allowing hardware performance to be pushed further as noticed
  • Nope

    $3,000 gaming laptop on your knees.