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Sytrin AirCon PAC-500 Preview

Michael Larabel

Published on 3 June 2006
Written by Michael Larabel
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Want to take your overclock to the next level? What we are previewing today is an exclusive product that will be on limited display during Computex Taipei 2006, and for those that are fortunate enough to see this product first hand should be awed by its abilities. We have had one of these hand-made prototypes in our labs for many weeks now, and while the design is not yet finalized, it certainly will have the capabilities to make your system go from warm to cold. What we have to present today is the world's first look at Sytrin's AirCon PAC-500.

The Sytrin PAC-500 will be the next step up from the current PAC-400, which we had reviewed back at Phoronix about two years ago. The AirCon PAC-400 featured a patented cooling concept for the PC air-conditioning cooling system and advanced thermoelectric technology. The cooling power in that model was only 82 Watts. Since the arrival of the PAC-400, Sytrin has certainly been making a splash with enthusiasts by unleashing such products as the Nextherm ICS-8200 and KuFormula VF1 Plus. The Nextherm ICS-8200 was the world's first air-conditioned chassis. On top of the advanced cooling abilities of the ICS-2800, the ATX chassis had also boasted a superb build quality, power supply, and other features to remain competitive with the advancing competition. Sytrin's most recent product, the KuFormula VF1, was their first stab at advancing GPU cooling. While no thermoelectric coolers were used for the KuFormula, it did use heatpipes, and had done a remarkable job. In fact, the NVIDIA GeForce 7800GTX G70 die temperature had dropped 21°C during intensive load. To compliment Sytrin's portfolio, they have also been investing their resources in developing additional power supply and cooling technologies.

This year Sytrin Corporation will be sporting their wares at Computex Taipei, which runs from June 6 to June 10 in Taiwan. Of the products to be on display at their booth is the Sytrin AirCon PAC-500. We have had the opportunity to have an early revision of the PAC-500 in our labs for the past couple of months. While the model we had was largely a proof of concept and was created by hand, it is certainly suitable for demonstration purposes. In our tests, the temperatures for the common system components had dropped about 2°C with this prototype, while Sytrin's hope is to effectively lower the entire system temperature by 5°C once the product design is finalized.

Like the PAC-400, the PAC-500 continues to use a switch for solely turning the fan on, or the fan and the thermoelectric device. There is also a LCD display for signifying the cooling temperature. The device remains compatible with all 5.25" drive bays. It is important to note that the photographs of the PAC-500 part in this preview are preliminary, and the appearance of the actual cooler will vastly change on the exterior prior to its retail arrival. We would anticipate that the Sytrin AirCon PAC-500 will arrive later this year, and upon its launch, we will be sharing additional information. More Computex information to come soon at Phoronix.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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