crater innovation makes thermodynamics a priority for next-gen desktop PC
crater innovation makes thermodynamics a priority for next-gen desktop PC crater innovation makes thermodynamics a priority for next-gen desktop PC
aug 23, 2015

crater innovation makes thermodynamics a priority for next-gen desktop PC

crater innovation makes thermodynamics a priority for next-gen desktop PC
all images courtesy of crater innovation




crater innovation developed an imaginative design to an already established personal computing industry. the fanless ‘R50’ for aleutia computers gets immediately noticed for its simplistic geometries and tight packaging. the solid state form not only provides a quite silence during operation but the reliability of no moving parts and an extremely low power consumption. the ‘R50’ has been crafted from the ground up for challenging conditions, such as solar classrooms, clinics in africa or industrial and marine environments where support is practically impossible.

its 100% solid state design makes it silent and maintenance free




brushed copper and matte black anodized aluminum are CNC machined from solid blocks of metal, to make the frame feel robust and durable. copper was used near the CPU where most of heat is produced. the material enables the heat to spread quickly along the frame. high purity oxygen free electronic copper was specifically selected to maximize dissipation, because of its unique ability to conduct heat. aluminum as well, is an excellent heat conductor, while also being very light.

the combination of copper and anodised aluminium allow for effective heat dissipation without fans




heat dissipation from the quad core intel ‘i5’ processor was the primary problem when designing the ‘R50’. in order to do so, crater innovation had to improve old concepts while keeping an eye on the design language of the computer. grooves are cut along the three metal blocks to enable a natural upward flow of air which draws heat away from the surface. the surface area is further increased through the addition of a series of perforations running though all the fins at the top and bottom of the chassis. a great deal of care went into the optimization of the pattern of holes so as to provide higher conduction closer to the center. this while allow for more optimal thermodynamics.

despite its compact size and extremely low power consumption the ‘R50’ can drive 4K graphics


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edited by: piotr boruslawski | designboom 

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