Airtop: World's first passively-cooled gaming PC, workstation and server

Want a new gaming PC, workstation, or server, but need it to be silent? You need a system that doesn't rely on fans for cooling.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

Israeli firm Compulab have announced a series of new PCs - called Airtop - that use an innovative new method of cooling that allows a PC to dissipate 200 watts without the need for a fan.

In the Airtop systems, airflow is generated by the waste heat from the CPU and GPU, which in turn is used to draw cool air through the PC. The cornerstone to the Airtop cooling system is the patent-pending air-tubes panel, consisting of 14 air-tubes cut into a single block of aluminium. A single panel can dissipate 100 watts, and each Airtop PC is fitted with two panels.

The Airtop system eliminates the need for fans to exhaust the hot air from within the PC, which means no noise, no dirt built-up, and fewer parts to go wrong.

"We designed the Airtop motherboard from the ground up to maximize performance, reliability and functionality," said Yuval Sela, Airtop hardware architect. "Every aspect was considered starting from thermally-optimized component placement, redundancy of power, networking and storage up to making Airtop's interior completely cable-free for easy servicing."

Over the next few weeks, four different Airtop systems will be released.

  • Airtop-W, a workstation with an Intel Xeon Processor E3 and full-height Nvidia Quadro M4000 graphics card ($2,999)
  • Airtop-G, a gaming desktop with an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 graphics card ($1,968)
  • Airtop-S, a server with an Intel Xeon Processor E3, 32 GB ECC RAM, a four hard disk RAID array, and 6 Gigabit Ethernet ports ($1,810)
  • Airtop-DIY, A kit consisting of the chassis and cooling system, and custom-designed LGA1150 motherboard ($1128)

Each system if built into a compact 7.5 liter desktop chassis, and come with a 5-year warranty.

Thanks to the awesome folks at FanlessTech for the heads up on this one.

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