Summary: The SG10 is a revolutionary gaming case, developed through a collaboration between Streacom and Calyos, that utilizes loop heat pipe technology to cool high-performance CPUs and GPUs without the need for fans or water cooling solutions, representing a significant step towards creating a mainstream solid-state alternative to traditional cooling methods.
- The SG10 utilizes loop heat pipe (LHP) technology, allowing for fanless cooling of high-performance CPUs and GPUs.
- The collaboration between Streacom and Calyos has resulted in a complete redesign of the original NSG S0, with every component and asset re-engineered and improved.
- The SG10 features modular brackets and a slatted design, providing exceptional component placement flexibility and excellent airflow.
The SG10, a collaboration between Streacom and Calyos, is an ambitious gaming case that aims to revolutionize fanless technology. By utilizing loop heat pipe (LHP) technology, the SG10 is capable of cooling high-performance CPUs and GPUs without the need for fans or water cooling solutions. This project represents a significant step towards creating a mainstream solid-state alternative to traditional cooling methods.
The SG10, originally known as the NSG S0, started as a Kickstarter project by Calyos. While Calyos had extensive expertise in cooling, they faced challenges in consumer product manufacturing. In their search for a partner with suitable experience, they found Streacom, a company well-versed in both case manufacturing and fanless cooling. The result is a complete redesign of the original NSG S0, with every component and asset re-engineered and improved to surpass the original specifications.
Despite being labeled by some as a “failed Kickstarter project,” the SG10 embodies the spirit of determination and serves as a testament to the unwavering conviction required to create such an innovative product. The team would like to express their gratitude to the Kickstarter community for their continued support throughout the challenging development process.
At the core of the SG10 is the Loop Heat Pipe (LHP) system, which enables its exceptional cooling performance. Unlike traditional heat pipes, the LHP phase change cycle occurs in a continuous flow around the loop, thanks to a patented solid-state capillary pump in the Evaporator. This pressurized flow significantly enhances heat transfer efficiency and allows for a greater working area for convection/radiation. The absence of a wick in the loop’s tubes also provides greater versatility in hardware positioning and fitting.
The design of the condenser, constructed from fins bonded directly to copper tubes, posed a significant challenge. The team had to strike a balance between efficiency, size, weight, complexity, and aesthetics. After extensive development, they achieved a new and highly efficient condenser solution that complements the case’s overall design.
The SG10 follows Streacom’s design philosophy of “the case is the cooler.” The entire form and size of the case were defined and built around the two condensers to maximize cooling performance. The horizontal orientation of the heat sink, rather than the commonly used vertical design, ensures that a larger proportion of the heat sink receives fresh, cooler air. This orientation, combined with the LHP’s evaporators positioned below the condensers, facilitates circulation and utilizes gravity as an additional motive force.
To ensure compatibility with a wide range of current and future hardware, the SG10 adopts a modular cooling approach. While CPU cooling compatibility is relatively common, aftermarket GPU cooling presents more challenges due to the lack of standardization. The team has divided the cooling requirements into three zones: the GPU core, DRAM, and VRM. The core is cooled directly with the Evaporator, while the DRAM is cooled with a custom cold plate that couples to the Evaporator. The VRM is cooled using independent adjustable heat sinks that adapt to the card’s layout. This modular strategy simplifies compatibility and allows for future expansion based on customer demand and viability.
The SG10 features modular brackets that provide exceptional component placement flexibility. The X-Frame Modular Bracket allows complete freedom in adjusting the motherboard and GPU’s X & Y positions. This level of adjustment, combined with the flexible LHP tubes, surpasses what was previously achievable with heat pipe cooling. As a result, users can even install two Mini-ITX motherboards (and two PSUs) to create a dual-system fanless PC if they don’t require a discrete GPU.
While the SG10 is designed to be fanless, an option to use fans is available to push the maximum TDP limit while still maintaining near-silent operation. The case natively accommodates 120mm fans that attach directly to the rails under each condenser, providing a 15-20% increase in cooling performance. Larger fans can be attached diagonally across the rails or using the rail brackets, offering additional flexibility in mounting.
The slatted front and rear design of the SG10 allows for excellent airflow and showcases the internals. It also enables the unique feature of positioning the I/O panel anywhere on the front of the case. The IO module secures between the gaps, allowing vertical or horizontal movement, as well as a 180-degree flip for additional button/port positioning. This modular approach opens up possibilities for extra modules on the rear panel, providing connectivity for LAN, HDMI, or other frequently accessed ports via short internal patch cables. Further customization options, including the number and configuration of ports, will be based on user feedback.
To commemorate this achievement and reward the Kickstarter community, the first production batch of the SG10 will consist entirely of a special limited version with a full copper condenser. Backers of the original NSG S0 Kickstarter project will have first refusal on these units. Unwanted cases will be made available to the general public, but purchasing them will require a two-step process involving a “Kickstarter Pledge Voucher” from Calyos and an order directly with Streacom.
The SG10 Copper Edition will be available for pre-order soon, with an estimated shipping date of May 2024. The price for the Copper Edition is set at 1200EUR. The SG10 (non-Copper Edition) will come in Black and Silver variants and is expected to follow after the completion of the Copper Edition. The exact ETA for the non-Copper Edition is yet to be determined. For more information and detailed specifications, visit the SG10 Product Page on Streacom’s website.
CPU: The Central Processing Unit (CPU) is the brain of a computer, responsible for executing instructions and performing calculations. It is the most important component of a computer system, as it is responsible for controlling all other components. CPUs are used in a wide range of applications, from desktop computers to mobile devices, gaming consoles, and even supercomputers. CPUs are used to process data, execute instructions, and control the flow of information within a computer system. They are also used to control the input and output of data, as well as to store and retrieve data from memory. CPUs are essential for the functioning of any computer system, and their applications in the computer industry are vast.
GPU: GPU stands for Graphics Processing Unit and is a specialized type of processor designed to handle graphics-intensive tasks. It is used in the computer industry to render images, videos, and 3D graphics. GPUs are used in gaming consoles, PCs, and mobile devices to provide a smooth and immersive gaming experience. They are also used in the medical field to create 3D models of organs and tissues, and in the automotive industry to create virtual prototypes of cars. GPUs are also used in the field of artificial intelligence to process large amounts of data and create complex models. GPUs are becoming increasingly important in the computer industry as they are able to process large amounts of data quickly and efficiently.
ITX: ITX (Information Technology eXtended) is a form factor for motherboards and other computer components. It is a small form factor that is designed to be more compact than traditional ATX motherboards. ITX motherboards are typically used in small form factor PCs, such as those used in home theater PCs, media centers, and other small form factor applications. ITX motherboards are also used in embedded systems, such as those used in industrial automation, medical equipment, and other embedded applications. ITX motherboards offer a number of advantages over traditional ATX motherboards, such as lower power consumption, smaller size, and improved cooling. Additionally, ITX motherboards are often more affordable than their ATX counterparts, making them a popular choice for budget-conscious consumers.
mini-ITX: The mini-ITX is a small form factor computer motherboard developed by VIA Technologies in 2001. It is designed to be a low-power, low-cost solution for embedded and small form factor applications. It is a 6.7-inch square motherboard that supports a wide range of processors, including Intel and AMD CPUs, as well as VIA's own C3 and C7 processors. The mini-ITX is used in a variety of applications, including home theater PCs, small form factor desktops, and embedded systems. It is also used in industrial applications, such as medical imaging, digital signage, and point-of-sale systems. The mini-ITX is a popular choice for computer enthusiasts who want to build their own small form factor PCs. It is also used in many commercial products, such as the Apple Mac mini and the Asus Eee PC.
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