Last April, ABIT released the Silent OTES, a passive heatpipe cooling system for chipsets. Today, ASUSTeK released a similar system, the AI Cool-Pipe. It will be used for the first time with the A8N-SLI Premium, an A8N-SLI Deluxe without manual switch to change from standard to SLI configuration.
The AI Cool-Pipe includes one radiator to place on the chipset which connects via a heatpipe to another radiator located near the processor to benefit from the airflow generated by the CPU fan. ASUSTeK announced a chipset temperature of 69.2°C in use. The nForce 4 is supposed to be able to reach up to 90°C.
ASUSTeK also said that the A8N SLI Premium will be able to work with a noiseless fanless cooling system that won’t fail…situation that some of the A8N SLI / Deluxe will encounter (sic).