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Haxx teases passively-cooled ATX midi-tower

Haxx teases passively-cooled ATX midi-tower

The Haxx midi-tower offers completely passive cooling of CPUs up to 95W thermal design profile, using a gigantic bundled heatsink.

A German company has designed a passively-cooled midi-tower ATX case which, it claims, can cope with chips with up to 95W thermal design profile (TDP) thanks to an integrated heatsink.

First spotted by silent cooling specialist FanlessTech, the eponymous Haxx case measures 180mm x 420mm x 420mm and is constructed of 3mm aluminium panels finished in anodised silver. The boxy design of the case comes, the company claims, from a desire to use nothing but industry-standard parts - making the chassis easy to modify, repair and maintain even in the event of the company closing some time in the future - while its skeletal appearance is enhanced through numerous vents for the on-board cooling system.

Designed for use with processors running at a thermal design profile of up to 95W - although the company does warn that, in combination with other high-temperature components, an 80W maximum should be observed - Haxx claims that the case is completely passive thanks to an oversized integrated heatsink. Extending along the entire depth of the case and almost half the height, the passive heatsink is one of the largest we've ever seen - and is provided with hexagonal mesh cooling windows on the top and side of the case to help the heat escape.

Despite the gigantic heatsink, there's plenty of room for additional components. Unlike most passive cases, which opt for small form factor layouts, the midi-tower ATX design of the Haxx case offers room for extra-long graphics cards - although fitting such a beast with an active heatsink would defeat the whole 'passive case' purpose somewhat - along with two 5.25" drive bays and five 3.5" bays with 2.5" mounts for solid state drives.

The company has also announced optional accessories for the case, with the normal rubber feet able to be swapped out for castors or matching carry handles fitted to the top. The design of the case also includes eyelets for wall mounting, for those who really want to make a statement with their next PC build.

All these features don't come cheap, however: Haxx is planning to launch the case in September at a price of €333 (around £287) - although it is quick to point out that the case's ATX compatibility means that it should last the user through numerous upgrades, and can be retrofitted with a traditional water cooling or forced-convection cooling system if required for higher TDP chips.

More details and images are available on the company's official website.

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Stanley Tweedle 8th July 2013, 09:47 Quote
I think they should have shown a photo of the finished design.

80w? Yeah... ok. I will make sure I don't overclock much then.
Corky42 8th July 2013, 10:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stanley Tweedle
I think they should have shown a photo of the finished design.

I get the impression the pictures are the finished design.
Stanley Tweedle 8th July 2013, 10:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stanley Tweedle
I think they should have shown a photo of the finished design.

I get the impression the pictures are the finished design.

I think it's like an EA game... Didn't have time to finish it but they released it anyway hoping no one would notice.
kirk46 8th July 2013, 10:51 Quote
how much :o
Dave Lister 8th July 2013, 11:12 Quote
If it can cool passively then adding a few fans should have great results. I'd love to see a review of this BT !
schmidtbag 8th July 2013, 14:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
If it can cool passively then adding a few fans should have great results.

Not necessarily. The reason for it's design is so ambient air coming from any direction will help cool off the system. Putting a fan in there would obviously cool things off better but it'd be less effective than standard towers (that are laid out properly), where you want to have a constant path of air flow. Having a good heatsink and tower with good air flow *can* make the difference between needing to water cool your CPU and not. Having holes everywhere like this tower disrupts good air flow.

Personally, I think getting a plain motherboard tray with a car radiator might be a more effective option than this tower.
Dave Lister 8th July 2013, 18:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by schmidtbag
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
If it can cool passively then adding a few fans should have great results.

Not necessarily. The reason for it's design is so ambient air coming from any direction will help cool off the system. Putting a fan in there would obviously cool things off better but it'd be less effective than standard towers (that are laid out properly), where you want to have a constant path of air flow. Having a good heatsink and tower with good air flow *can* make the difference between needing to water cool your CPU and not. Having holes everywhere like this tower disrupts good air flow.

Personally, I think getting a plain motherboard tray with a car radiator might be a more effective option than this tower.

I lol'd, a car radiator is definitely cheap enough to get hold of ! I think the fans on most of them should be 12v too ! A great idea for a future mod I reckon, cheers man ;)
Cthippo 9th July 2013, 07:24 Quote
I've been toying with this idea for a while, so it's good to see someone try it. Do they say anything about how they're going to get the heat from the CPU to the case? Some sort of heat pipe arrangement?
Corky42 9th July 2013, 09:01 Quote
Thermalright had a heatsink case on show during computex 2007, but im guessing it never made it past the prototype stage >:(
http://img.hexus.net/v2/internationalevents/computex2007/JARS/Tuesday/DSCF3911_cropped-big.jpg
tad2008 9th July 2013, 21:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
I lol'd, a car radiator is definitely cheap enough to get hold of ! I think the fans on most of them should be 12v too ! A great idea for a future mod I reckon, cheers man ;)

It's already been done, I saw an episode of dl.tv where they hooked up a standard water block to the cpu and then converted the pipes to fit a car radiator and fan and it cooled the same as it's smaller and by far quieter pc component brethren :D
schmidtbag 9th July 2013, 21:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
Thermalright had a heatsink case on show during computex 2007, but im guessing it never made it past the prototype stage >:(
http://img.hexus.net/v2/internationalevents/computex2007/JARS/Tuesday/DSCF3911_cropped-big.jpg

lol gee, I wonder why. I'm sure that's ridiculously expensive and heavy.
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