Biotherm CPU Cooling

by Michael Peters on October 28, 2012

biotherm-coolingWe have over the last few years tested several types of cpu cooling systems and have finally come across a good solution called Biotherm which is rather unique compared to many of the traditional types of cpu coolers.
We started out with the typical air cooling, which is basically just a heatsink (usually copper og aluminium) which pulls the heat away from the cpu, and the place a large fan on the heatsink to remove the heat from it.
This has always been a pretty decent solution especially since its rather cheap.
Later we moved on to water cooling. Here we moved heat away from the heatsink by letting water run through it, absorbing the heat and moving it to the radiator and fans which then cools down the water again. This method is able to cool the cpu much more than by using air alone. Biotherm started out with water cooling before moving on to their new system.

A few years after testing water cooling we began to use to cryo cooling with systems such as the Prometeia which was able to freeze the cpu down to almost minus 50 degrees celcius. This would enable you to run the system much more stable, even at twice the default cpu speeds. Such a system wasn’t quite without problems, it was pretty time consuming to uninstall each time you had to do changes to your computer, you had to be certain you assambled it perfectly or you would risk getting condensation water in your cpu which could break your computer and finally it was really expensive. So now we only use it for some of the most demanding servers where you need high cpu speeds of 6-7GhZ, for instance to do business intelligence or data mining with big data which puts some rather high demands to your cpu power.
Then we found the Biotherm cpu cooler, which claims to be an semi organic cooler, using or chemical to remove the heat from the cpu, in theory it should work almost as well as a water cooling system, but with no risk of water damage in your computer. It’s currently more expensive than a watercooling system, but once they get it into mass production we can expect to see a nice drop in the price. You can read more about this here at med24.dk.
So far this isn’t used yet in webhosting, only in some types of server hosting as we still haven’t fully tested hos stable this is and if it will keep a cpu cold 24/7 for several months without being shut off.

Running a server hosting or webhosting company put some higher requirements to the quality of the hardware (and cooling solutions) than if you just a pc at home, since it’s usually turned of a nights.
But like all others running any type of webhotel or web hosting company, we are contantly looking to ways to bring the energy levels and costs down, and this Biotherm cooler seems like something worth looking into at least.

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