I think they got the honeycomb shapes' benefit claim backwards. The shape increases the overall cooling surface of the heatsink rather than decreasing air resistance since most of the resistance is actually on the leading/trailing edge of any surface that must face air movement.
Either way it will do better than a normal heatsink of same size/dimensions.
[citation][nom]Flameout[/nom]i'd still prefer fanless tech. tis the future[/citation]Fanless today means you've got massive heatsinks and loads of heatpipes, special low-power binned chips, and your machine is slower and/or more expensive compared to actively cooled models.
This isn't likely to get better any time soon on the full-on PC front, as long as they keep cranking out faster chips. I think ultra-silent fans are a MUCH better compromise if you absolutely need silence. You'd better be running an SSD-only machine, too, because a HDD will generate more noise than a silent fan.
From what i saw it was the water cooling block that had the honeycomb structure and it could be a benefit if the water dynamics is well used to create "turbulence" into each of the cells. Then that extra contact surface is put to good use, otherwise its a complete waste that more likely decreases its performance.
Can't wait to see the results of that A-L2 project.
Corsair is the only real player in this LCLC space. Corsair's offerings seem to match low to mid range performing air cooling solutions. The advantage is they save on space around the CPU (even though they take up more for exhaust fans and rad).
My Hyper 212 Plus at $25 performs better than my H50 with 2 after-market fans in a push/pull config at $100 total (H50 performed a little better than Intel stock out of the box). Would be good to see Coolermaster come up with something that can really beat air coolers while being self-contained and maintenance-free; something that's not just marketing hype as we've seen so far with this type of product.
[citation][nom]joshyboy82[/nom]False Ubercake! I have an Asetek and it works great. My overclocked processor is never over 55c.[/citation]
Benchmarks are quite conclusive. The best closed system water is still louder and worse performing than the best air. It cost's more and at best, requires a much higher fan speed and therefor noise, to give you the same performance as a good air cooler such as Archon, NH-D14 or Silver Arrow.
Only reason to use closed system water is if you're an OEM and want to avoid shipping damage, or you have a system where a large air cooler wont fit.
Benchmarks for Coolit, Asetek, Corsair and Antec vs air.