Working on the thoughts of DrCR, a high performance "passive" heatsink that has the option of being "actively" cooled would be something special.
Very much like the Scythe Ninja, which is designed to be passive, but also allows one or more fans to be attached to aid cooling.
What really made me think of me replying to this post is that after some time of NOT having my AC VGA Silencer for my X800XT PE as it failed and then Royal Mail (bastards) lost it and dont want me to refund me for it...........
Anyway, ignoring the rant, I have NEVER actually used my AC Cooler within my P180 until now, I have found that the GPU is perfectly happy running fanless on the desktop, the current temp is 43C (usually about 45-50C (its a little cooler today).
I have set up speed fan so the fan doesnt start until the GPU temp hits 55C, therefore I essentially have a 3xfan system on the desktop, and a 4xfan system during games.
Most people wont really mind a quiet slow running fan whilst they are playing games as it really wont interfere.
The solution, a GPU heatsink that can cool the hottest cards with ease on the desktop, and the hottest cards with ease during games with the option of being fan assisted. In theory the Heatsink could also be made smaller, so its easier to manage placement.
As a side note, and not directly related to Aero-Case's products, but of interest, my AC VGA Cooler has dropped my CPU temp by 5C, my system temp by 1-4C depending on what I am doing, and strangely enough my GPU temps INCREASE, and the fan kicks in when I DONT have the side on my case.!!!
Q.1: Does Aero-Case have any plans to produce a GPU cooler that can be fan assisted when it need to be.???
Q.2: Does Aero-Case have any plans to produce a CPU cooler.???
Q.2: Does Aero-Case have any plans to produce a chipset cooler.???
I am no engineer, but I believe that I understand what is needed to cool something passively.
1, Good transferal of heat from the hot object (GPU, CPU etc), heatpipes being ideal.
2, A large surface area.
3, A decent amount of space between heat dissipating fins, to aid convection.
4, A small amount of air movement.
However graphics card have a massive dissadvantage to Chipsets and CPU's they are offset by 90 degrees, this would of course pose no problem in a desktop case for a CPU style tower cooler on the GPU as the fins would be vertical. However most people have tower cases.
The only idea I can think of would be to have the heatpipes vertical and have the fins vertical as well. Think of the restorator design, and think of the water tube as the heatpipe(s), I dont know how easy this would be to engineer, but it would make airflow around the fins and between the heatpipes possible.
Q.3: Has Aero-Case toyed with any designes like I have described, or should I visit the Patents Office right away
On a side note, I dont remember anyone asking, your company is called Aero-Case, yet all of the attention you are getting is for the GPU coolers, can you tell us something about your cases, I have noticed that you have a modified Antec Aria shown on your website, but with little information, and no prices.