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Noise cancellation technique harnesses magnets to silence CPU fans [video]

By Rick ยท 23 replies
Jun 17, 2013
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  1. Whether they want to be or not, many PC enthusiasts are well-acclimated to noisy fans; however, some choose quiet operation over impressive overclocking. Of course, that's exactly the problem: quietness traditionally comes at the cost of performance. Noctua's "ANC project"...

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 985   +229

    This would be really cool, and hopefully won't come at an outrageous price.
    avoidz likes this.
  3. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    How come no one has figure out a way to implement Dyson's bladeless fan technology for CPU and card cooling?
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,454   +1,733

    Reminds me of a quote from The Bucket List...
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,169   +3,261

    I'm guessing the video should work. Or is it simply my low market share web browser Opera at fault?
    tehbanz likes this.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,986   +2,878

    It may be a while before we see it released for general consumption by the public.
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,838   +1,182

    Those fans do have blades they're just in the pedestal. http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/home/dyson-bladeless-fan1.htm

    This could be awesome technology, but as the article mentions they'll have to figure out something for the GPU too. Perhaps they can separate the noise cancelling tech from the fan and make a stand alone contraption to put in a PC. maybe in a 5.25in drive bay?
    fimbles likes this.
  8. tehbanz

    tehbanz TS Enthusiast Posts: 183   +10

    Not working in chrome either.
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  9. stbecker

    stbecker TS Rookie Posts: 33

    A built-in mic on a fan plus magnets on each blade that use a physically applied magnetic field to counteract noise. Ya, that's probably going to cost a little bit. Look how much more it is (than a stock fan) just to push water around in a case to cool things off.

    I agree with the solution needing to address the GPU as well since those suckers can be annoyingly loud too. My thought would be to have a central/combined cooling unit in the concept more like the power supply -- a single source that addresses the whole. I do understand that requires a pretty big shift in how PCs are currently built.
  10. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,413   +809

    Video feed fixed :)
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  11. Dyson's "bladeless" tech does not generate much static pressure like you need to push air through a heat exchangers fins. Might work better for moving air through a low restriction design case.
  12. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I hope this is cheap enough.
  13. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +74

    You mean something like a radiator? This would be nice for your radiator fans.
  14. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign TS Booster Posts: 131   +65

    Hello? This is Noctua .... it'll cost no less than $80
  15. They have a speaker to make that loud sound... then they turn it off and everyone is like wow...
  16. ypsylon

    ypsylon TS Enthusiast Posts: 99   +18

    Great I take two noise dampeners for ridiculously noisy MSI TF 7950.
  17. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +55

    Seems like a great idea.
  18. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    Nice news! Hopefully this can be designed into other fans, GPU coolers included.
  19. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,171   +203

    You burst my bubble... I always thought they worked on some kind of "ion thruster" technology.
  20. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 560   +59

    Solid state fans (yes google it) is a fan with NO moving parts first revealed like 5 years ago I would like to see these in production let alone focusing development on current tech.
  21. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    That is rather awesome, I also hope it doesn't come with too high a price.
  22. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

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  23. Jbucko

    Jbucko TS Rookie Posts: 33

    I hope they come out with a kit for radiator fans.
  24. stonarda

    stonarda TS Booster Posts: 143   +18

    The fanless technology isn't entirely true... There is a fan at the base of the big round thing and this pumps air around the circle which travels through vents on a certain side. This creates a 'pull effect', making more air go through the loop. :)

    *edit, sorry this has already been said

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