Thermalright showcases heat pipe-based cases

COMPUTEX — We were walking by Thermalright’s booth at Computex when something caught our eye: a pair of Thermalright’s HSC-series heat pipe-based cases that were on display.

The first one, the HSC-100, is in tower format, while the latter is a desktop case. Both are essentially giant heatsinks connecting the processor to fins across the case surface via multiple heat pipes. This form of cooling is efficient enough to remove the need for a fan to cool the processor. Nonetheless, system temperatures should be higher than with a standard fan-cooled setup setup—unless you crank the AC up, Thermalright says.

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    • Jigar
    • 13 years ago

    I have a bad habit of punching my system if it gets hang… This case would either kill my CPU or it would force me to leave my habit ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • pedro
    • 13 years ago

    Does anyone else think that there’s something very fundamentally wrong when we feel that we need an entire case to cool the CPU that we use to browse the web looking at cases such as this?

      • moose17145
      • 13 years ago

      ROFL!!! HAHA!! Man you do bring up a very good point!

    • maxxcool
    • 13 years ago

    Make a quick detach hose that goes form the cooler to the heat sink and im game.

    also throw in a 1000mm by 1000mm 500 rpm fan ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ah hell i will just throw the thing in my swimming pool or my fridge ๐Ÿ˜€

    • danazar
    • 13 years ago

    How do you install this on the CPU? I just don’t see a feasible way to do installation.

    • Jive
    • 13 years ago

    Looks like a decent concept at first, but then you realize the stupidity of it.

    • droopy1592
    • 13 years ago

    they need some type of detachable coupler, so you can leave the base connected to the mount and reconnect it when ur done fiddling with ur box.

    • Spotpuff
    • 13 years ago

    So like what happens if your CPU socket is not in the right place?

    Or say you want to like, install a hard drive in the case. Then you have to remove the heatsink off the CPU?

    Sounds like fun

    • indeego
    • 13 years ago


    completely out of hand.

    Our descendants will look back and roflg{<.<}g (hehe, after they travel in time, the ancestors will stfug{<.<}g;)

      • danny e.
      • 13 years ago

      the Spaniard “i dont think that word means what you think it means”

      perhaps “descendants” ?

        • Rainwater
        • 13 years ago


      • bthylafh
      • 13 years ago

      Descendants, shirley?

      • droopy1592
      • 13 years ago

      they are rofling at ur missuse of words

      • 5150
      • 13 years ago

      What kind of smack have you been hitting? Where can I obtain some?

    • Sargent Duck
    • 13 years ago

    I imagine we all open up our cases on a fairly regular basis to tweak/ add stuff. That would be a pain, having to re-apply thermal paste every time…

      • wierdo
      • 13 years ago

      good point.

    • liquidsquid
    • 13 years ago

    Don’t have pets or this would get ugly quick! Hair wads galore.

    • lethal
    • 13 years ago

    say… you barely hit the case and move the panel a bit in any direction. Game over?

    • marvelous
    • 13 years ago

    That’s overboard. Why not go with a good water cooler?

    • JoshMST
    • 13 years ago

    How in the hell would you secure that to the CPU?

    • snowdog
    • 13 years ago

    Neat (Crazy) idea, But how the heck do they attach that to a CPU? It seems just about impossible to get tolerances good enough to mount your case door to the CPU with a good interface.

    • Vrock
    • 13 years ago

    Is the position and distance of the heatsink adjustable? I’d think it would have to be, but the pictures don’t indicate that.

      • totoro
      • 13 years ago

      I thought exactly the same thing.
      Unless TT makes motherboards, this is a stupid idea.

    • Inkedsphynx
    • 13 years ago

    You know, kinda crazy, but that’s not really that bad of an idea I think.

    It obviously wouldn’t be the most cool solution ever, and would be more reliant on ambient temp than a typical fan-based solution, but for someone who has to have silence, that’s not a bad idea, I think.

    Even better, when it’s winter, just set your case next to the leaky window. Cools the case, and heats the air coming in so you don’t have to “winterize” your windows!

      • stdPikachu
      • 13 years ago

      Good idea, pooly implemented.

      Shuttle got the idea right first IMHO, by being the first I’m aware of to use heatpipes to carry the heat away to a bigger fan – space constraints meant an on-die heatsink and fan weren’t practical.

      But with this monstrosity, every time you open the side of the case you’ll need to remount the “cooler”. The heatpipes shoudl have been built into the back of the case, or the backside of the mobo.

      Observe Zalman’s approach to an all-heatpipe case: ยง[<<]ยง Granted I believe it's ugly as sin, but it's clearly been designed with accessibility and ease (relative) of maintenance in mind. It only working with a limited set of motherboards is one of the severe limitations of heatpipes - they're not flexible. Flexible heatpipes do exist ยง[<<]ยง but I imagine they must be expensive as they haven't caught on yet.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 13 years ago

    Might want to turn the ISO up to 200 so that you don’t have to suffer with 1/20 second shutter speeds. Yeah, I know that a570 has IS, but still, some of the pics are a little blurry.

    • flip-mode
    • 13 years ago

    Ludicrous speed. That case should be painted plaid.

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 13 years ago


      Looks like a small radiator fan would fit on that thing. That should keep everything cool.

        • d2brothe
        • 13 years ago

        Hmm…very tempting…

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