German start-up Silent Power has announced a high-end PC that uses a copper metal foam as a heat sink to eliminate noise from fans incorporating a full passive cooling design. Most of us are aware that copper conducts heat better than any other industrial metal and the metal foam on top of this high end pc is claimed to offer a 500-fold increase in surface area over traditional fin-based heatsink designs. The Silent Power creators claim that the circulation of air through the copper metal foam is so efficient in dissipating heat that the exterior surface temperature never rises above 50° C (122° F) in normal use.
In terms of specs, the Silent Power PC is powered by an Intel Core i7-4785T processor with Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 graphics, options of 8GB/16GB of memory and 500GB/1TB solid state drives. As you can see on the photo it is very small compared to a mini tower desktop as it was based on a small form-factor design. The machine also includes four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, Gigabit ethernet, audio-in and -out ports, and a sensor on the front that can recognize if large objects move nearby.
The Silent Power PC is still a prototype and the company is running its own crowdfunding campaign with a goal of €45,000 (US$60,000) to get the unit into production which is expected to start next year but there is no specific date as of now. Pre-orders for the Silent Power start at €699 for the configurations of 8 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD version, €769 for the 16GB RAM, 500 GB HDD configuration, and €1,159 for the high-end set-up with 16 GB RAM, and 1TB SSD. The Silent Power team promised to refund all pledges minus applicable transaction fees if the €45,000 goal is not reached.